Counseling - MaritalandFamilyCounseling Overview

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Marital and Family Counseling
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Overview Family illness vs. family strengths Two versions of dynamic systems therapy Cognitive-behavioral therapy Psychoeducational therapy Narrative therapy
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Illness vs. Strengths What are the goals of counseling?
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Illness vs. Strengths Traditional focus was on figuring out what was wrong  with a family. Grounded in medical and psychoanalytic framework Families cause psychopathology Focus on past experience  “Parent-ectomies” often recommended Therapist seen as an expert who fixes the family
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Illness vs. Strengths Focus has shifted towards family strengths Focus is is on how the family can succeed Emphasis is on enhancing family resources, competency,  and coping skills Future oriented Therapist seen as a collaborator who helps the family to  help themselves
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Illness vs. Strengths What would the difference look like? If you were trying to figure out what’s wrong with a family,  and trying to fix it, what questions would you ask them? How  would you behave with them? If you were trying to figure out what a family’s strengths  were, and trying to help them to help themselves, what  questions would you ask them? How would you behave with  them?
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Dynamic Systems Therapy Various flavors exist. Two of the older ones are: Structural family systems Minuchin (1974) Strategic/systemic family systems Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto (1976 )
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Dynamic Systems Therapy Structural family systems Argues that all families have problems Dysfunction only occurs when the family can’t adapt to deal  with the problems
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Dynamic Systems Therapy Structural family systems concepts: Hierarchy -- strong parental subsystem needed for optimal  functioning Enmeshment vs. disengagement -- flexible semi-permeable  boundaries optimal
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2009 for the course FSHD 257 taught by Professor Payne during the Spring '09 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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Counseling - MaritalandFamilyCounseling Overview

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