Family Therapy

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Terms to Know Identified Patient—family member considered to be the problem Structure—how the family is organized and maintains itself Process—how the family adapts or changes over time Family system—members organize in a group forming a whole transcending the sum of the individual members
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Terms to Know Cybernetic system—regulatory systems operating on feedback loops Circular causality—reciprocal interactions that feed back on themselves (never ending cycle, non-linear) Negative feedback loop—maintains status quo, restores equilibrium, there is no change Positive feedback loop—increases deviation or change, temporarily destabilizing but can produce lasting change
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Terms to Know Three Key Subsystems Spousal—when functional provide security and positive role models; when dysfunctional —reverberates thru entire family, causes scapegoating or unhealthy alliances of children with one parent vs. another Parental—when dysfunctional intergenerational conflict and family instability Sibling—when functional teaches negotiation, cooperation, healthy attachment, healthy competition
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This note was uploaded on 12/20/2011 for the course PSY 5531 taught by Professor Stewart during the Fall '11 term at Tarleton.

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