The mom and jeff have cre ated a coalition against

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It was apparent that the parental hierarchy was insufficient. The mom and Jeff have cre - ated a coalition against the dad, where the dad needs to enter when there is a problem to solve it with Jeff. The mom is inconsistent with the discipline of Jeff, giving into his demands and not following through with rules. Bob, the dad, is the disciplinarian with the parental hierarchy. I saw various subsystems. The sibling subsystem which appears to be not united, very separate and focused around Jeff ’s behavior and the way in which mom and dad react to it. There is also the parental subsystem, step parent subsystem, and the biological parent subsystem. The obvious coalition is the mom and Jeff against the dad. Valorie the family ’s therapist says she wants to reframe the coalition the she says she created of the mom and dad against Jef - fery. I think it ’s important to note that Minuchin says he entered the room with a definition of the family, but he starts with getting the history of the family which is complex, he says, families organize themselves in a way that makes sense to them, which is evident in this systemic model. He positions himself as a coach or helper and puts the burden of proof of dysfunction on them. In essence he does not judge. He builds rapport, until he can get people to interact with each other and then he hears the content and relationship messages and he can now start to observe the fam - ily dynamics, and the problems the family perceives. The way that this method is systemic and relatable to strategic therapy is that the family is a system, that has organized subsystems that work together, it is perceived as a whole by the
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therapist. Which means one cannot change without the other. And in order to change, the system
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