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If the family is not self-referred, the therapist obtains the referring person’s
perspective and relationship to the family and clarifies the circumstances of the
referral. He/she defines when and how communication and possible ancillary
involvement will ensue (obtain releases of information).
Building A Strategy/Making Hypotheses. The tentative hypotheses, generated from
the initial telephone contact, form a working framework through which a
therapist begins to make sense of the family’s organizational structure, especially
as it relates to the presenting problem. This working hypothesis helps the
therapist develop both a strategy and specific questions for the first interview.
However, the therapist must treat the early hypotheses tentatively as he/she
gathers additional data and formulates new hypotheses. The hypotheses are
tested and reformulated. The therapist ascertains the family’s place in the life
cycle and predicts the tasks and issues surrounding that particular phase.
1. Welcoming or Greeting (5 minutes). The therapist introduces him/herself to
each member of the family and invites members to sit where they like. The
use of equipment such as a one-way mirror, video or audiotape is explained,
and appropriate consent obtained.
2. Social Stage (5 minutes). The therapist should create a safe environment in the
sessions where no reprisals are given. The therapist is human and nonintimidating and develops relationships with family members by finding out
more about their interests and involvements. Special attention and respect are
given to the adults in the family, and the therapist reaches out to more distant
family members, especially ones that did not initiate therapy. Neuro
linguistic programming (NLP) techniques (see section C. below) geared
towards matching the verbal and nonverbal styles of the family can be
helpful in this engagement process.
3. Identifying the Problem (15 minutes). The goal is to explore each person’s
view of the problem – begi...
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- Spring '09