Psychodynamic Aspects Of Family Therapy

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Through assessment, therapists gain information that helps them diagnose and respond systemically and appropriately to the families with whom they are working (Gladding, 2011). For example, therapists gain insight into a family’s structure, control, emotions/ needs, culture and development stage of life. A basic assessment consists of gathering key information and engaging in a process with the client that enables the counselor to understand the client 's readiness for change, problem areas, disabilities, and strengths. An assessment typically involves a clinical examination of the functioning and well-being of the client and includes a number of tests and written and oral exercises. The diagnosis is established by referral to a psychiatrist,

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