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1 Structural Family Therapy Versus Strategic Family Therapy Shelley Ison NURS- 6650-1: Psychotherapy with Groups and Families Walden University September 09, 2019
2 Structural Family Therapy Versus Strategic Family Therapies In the therapist role, the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) must realize that family therapy is not a single theory model solution. Families are viewed as a collection of individuals who are affected by the interactions between them. Understanding the functions of Structural and Strategic Family Therapy can provide the PMHNP with the ability to chose which model best suits the family in need of change therapy. In this paper I will summarize the key points of structural family therapy and strategic family therapy, compare the two therapies noting their strengths and weaknesses, provide a structural family map of a family I have observed in practicum, and justify the family therapy model that is more appropriate for the family observed. Key Points Summary Salvador Minuchin introduced the Structural Family Therapy (SFT) theory proposing the cause of dysfunction within a family was within the family collectively, not the individual (Rosenberg, 1982). The focus of SFT is to change family structure rather than change the individual (Psychology Today, 2019). The SFT model attempts to look at family dysfunction and understand what is being implied. In SFT, the therapist works towards joining the family by facilitating restructure that is considered therapeutic and viable.

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