According to selvini palazzoli the hypothesis is an

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Unformatted text preview: the idea that the whole family needed treatment, since the existing models suggested that only the person with the symptoms needed treatment. The trainees were dealing not only with families, but with the treatment milieu as well. Clearly, the larger context, or the “significant system” in which the treatment occurs had to be considered. The schools, courts, clinics and cultures that the therapists and families are involved with may all have an effect on the treatment. The impact of the feedback from the students and the systems has caused the Milan Associates to “think of themselves not as family therapists but as systems consultants” (p. 24). ♦♦♦♦♦ Selvini Palazzoli, M., Boscolo, L., Cecchin, G., & Prata, G. (1980), Hypothesizing — circularity — neutrality: Three guidelines for the conductor of the session, Family Process, 19 (1), 3-12. This article outlines the three principles — hypothesizing, circularity, & neutrality — developed by the Milan group for conducting therapy. The Chapter 4: Strategic & Systemic information that is known about a family prior to the first meeting forms the basis for an initial hypothesis about the family process: names, ages, jobs, education, referral source, reported problem, and the like. According to Selvini Palazzoli, The hypothesis is an unproved supposition tentatively accepted to provide a basis for further investigation (p. 5) based upon the information [the therapist] possesses regarding the family….The hypothesis establishes a starting point for his [or her] investigation as well as his [or her] verification for the validity of this hypothesis based upon specific methods and skills. If the hypothesis is proven false, the therapist must form a second hypothesis based upon the information gathered during the testing of the first (p. 4). The hypothesis, then, helps the therapist decide what he/she might particularly attend to in the first session and leads to uncovering essential information. It may be that the data gathered in the first session rules out the initial hypothesis completely and the new information forms the bases for an alternative hypothesis. Making...
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