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Unformatted text preview: apists, and some critics have called the brief therapy techniques manipulative. The brief therapy group counters that some influence is necessary to change behavior and that therapists are spets in influence. By engaging the therapist, the family is saying change is desired. In their view it is the therapist’s responsibility to apply his/her skills – considering all possible interventions – to help bring about that change. ♦♦♦♦♦ Weber, T., McKeever, J., & McDaniel, S. (1985) A beginners guide to the problemoriented first family interview. Family Process, Vol. 24, (3). 357-364. Family therapy supervisors Weber, McKeever, and McDaniel, provide a framework and approximate times for guiding therapists through the initial sessions, which serves both as a teaching device and an assessment tool for supervisors to use with beginning therapists. For them, the beginning of treatment is critical. In the first interview the therapist joins with the family by noting the particular organizational style of the family members and using a therapeutic style that helps family members feel supported and safe. The session structure should provide family members with a sense that the therapist has a Chapter 4: Strategic & Systemic plan and will take the lead. The session allows the family’s process to surface and become defined. A therapy contract is developed with emphasis on the family’s goals and desired changes. If the first contact is by telephone, the therapist: gathers basic information – names, addresses, telephone numbers; asks for a brief description of the problem; identifies members of the family and others who may be involved with the problem; contracts for the first session, including who will be present, date and time, location, directions to the office or facility; and explains the fees. The family member making the call may be the most highly motivated member of the family. The therapist might wonder why he/she is calling now and how other members of the family would represent the...
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