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Restraining Techniques: Family members are warned of the
dangers of change, are restrained from trying to change, or are
asked to change slowly. The restraint of change technique is used
when the family seems ambivalent about changing. The therapist
aligns with the side of the ambivalence that resists change so that
the family will align with the side that wishes to change.
Positioning: The therapist amplifies or exaggerates the family’s
explanation of the problem to a point that the family will disagree.
6. Termination. Therapy ends when the behavioral change objectives are met.
The therapist reviews the treatment and anticipates the future with the
family. He/she explains that therapy is intended to help provide a starting
point on which the family might build.
Weakland, J., Fisch, R., Watzlawick, P., Bodin, A. (1974). Brief therapy: focused
problem resolution. Family Process, Vol. 13 (2). June, 141 - 167.
In this classic article, Weakland, et al., (1974) describe The Brief Therapy Center
of MRI in Palo Alto and their model of therapy. The brief therapists view Chapter 4: Strategic & Systemic
dysfunctional behavior as a social phenomenon that occurs as one part of a
system. The MRI approach does not consider that “payoffs” or the advantages of
symptomatic behavior contribute significantly to problems or hinder change.
The methods of therapy draw from the work of Milton Erickson in two ways.
First, Erickson’s goal was to modify a problem by redefining it rather than
clarifying it. Second, Erickson designed a creative strategy based on a client’s
own starting point. Brief therapy also draws from, among others, the work of Jay
Haley. The main principles of brief therapy are as follows:
1. Brief therapy is symptom oriented. The therapist assumes the responsibility
for alleviating specific complaints that the family can define and are ready to
address. The presenting problem is both a representat...
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