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Walden UniversityNURS 6650: Psychotherapy With Groups and FamiliesIndividuals are born into families, grow and develop in families, and live most of their lives infamilies. Therefore, it makes sense that clients are best understood within the context of thefamily system.——Dr. Candice Knight, Psychotherapy for the Advanced Practice Psychiatric NurseThe family system is a social unit that is based on unique relationships and roles. Structural andstrategic therapies are important, because they offer unique insights to the theoretical underpinningsof this system. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, a strong theoretical foundation willhelp you better understand the family unit and family therapy; this understanding will, in turn,improve the effectiveness of your work with clients.This week, as you continue exploring family therapy, you examine structural and strategic familytherapies and their appropriateness for client families. You also consider your own practicumexperiences involving family therapy sessions.Photo Credit: [Blend Images/DreamPictures]/[Blend Images]/Getty ImagesNote:To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the CourseReadings List, found in the Course Materialssection of your Syllabus.Nichols, M. (2014). The essentials of family therapy (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.Chapter 5, “Bowen Family Systems Therapy” (pp. 69–88)Chapter 6, “Strategic Family Therapy” (pp. 89–109)Chapter 7, “Structural Family Therapy” (pp. 110–128)
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