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Running head: WEEK 4 ASSIGNMENT 1 1 Week 4 Assignment 1 NURS 6650 Olivia Bouchard Walden University
WEEK 4 ASSIGNMENT 1 2 Week 4 Assignment The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast strategic family therapy and structural family therapy. The strengths and weaknesses will be identified of both types of therapy. An example of a family in my practicum will be described in a structural family map. A specific therapy for the family and the justification for the choice of therapy will be explained. Structural Family Therapy vs. Strategic Family Therapy Structural family therapy is used to help families adjust and create more structure together as one. It can be used for families that are not able to use appropriate coping skills based on presenting stressors. The roles and/or relationships of members in the family may not be agreeable or mutual. Structural family therapy can help develop healthy boundaries that are clear and firm but have room for flexibility. Alignments and coalitions are created in structural family therapy as a form of communication in the sessions. Some members can be in agreeance against others, but the coalition can remain neutral (Mendez, n.d.). Brief strategic family therapy is typically used in families who have adolescents with behavioral problems including alcohol and drugs, delinquency, and/or association with antisocial and unsafe friends who worsen or encourage these behavioral issues. Brief strategic family therapy (BSFT) focuses on changing family or parenting behaviors that may permit or reassure the adolescents’ problematic behaviors. BSFT works to improve family functioning in addition to

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