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Unformatted text preview: to trance or hypnotic induction, in order to restructure the client or family’s beliefs, instill a sense of possibilities, and increase the likelihood of change. The Structure of Magic I and II and Frogs into Princes by Bandler and Grinder are three volumes that detail the methods and techniques that NLP practitioners use. MILAN SYSTEMIC FAMILY THERAPY Overview Systemic therapies originated in Milan, Italy with Mara Selvini Palazzoli, Luigi Boscolo, Gianfranco Cecchin, and Guiliana Prata. Like the strategic models of MRI brief therapy and Haley-Madanes, the Milan systemic model grew out of Bateson’s work on cybernetics in which problems were viewed as being maintained by interactional sequences. While Erickson further influenced MRI and Haley-Madanes as noted above, the systemic therapies, at least originally, held more strictly to the Bateson formulations (Piercy, et al., 1986). Their 1980 seminal article, Hypothesizing, circularity, & neutrality: Three guidelines for the conductor of sessions, is summarized below. The original Milan group, started by Mara Selvini Palazzoli, treated severely disturbed children using traditional psychoanalytic methods. They became increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress working with the children alone and were influenced by the writings of family therapists who worked with whole families instead. They first tried applying the psychoanalytic model to the families. After reading Bateson’s work, Boscolo, Cecchin, and Selvini Palazzoli broke from the original Milan group and formed The Center for the Study of the Family with a goal of working in the new systems model. Watzlawick was originally a consultant to the group (Nichols & Schwartz, 1998). In the early years, the team conceptualized family problems as being maintained by homeostasis, or a tendency to resist change and devised paradoxical interventions to counter this tendency. Chapter 4: Strategic & Systemic Theory of Normal Development and Dysfunction Like the MRI team, the Milan group adhered to a “non-normative” stance. Further, they maintained a neutral stance toward therapy outcome, trusting...
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