Salvador Minuchin's Approach To Structural Family Therapy

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STRUCTURAL APPRAOCH TO FAMILY THERAPY Submitted by, Group IV Anwar Sadath (1537702) Bency Baby (1537715) Jeslet T Mathai(1537720) Introduction Family therapy gives importance to the structure and organization of a family in order to address its psychological and emotional needs. There are a number of different methods of family therapy among which structural family therapy or SFT created by Salvador Minuchin is the most distinguished. Minuchin started to evolve his family therapy method while he was working at a New York school for problematic boys in the 1960s. About- Salvador Minuchin Salvador Minuchin developed structural family therapy (SFT). This approach is considered to be the most influential approach to family therapy worldwide. Structural family therapy was developed out of work with people from the lower socioeconomic background. In the 1960s while he was training as a psychoanalyst, Minuchin began to develop structural family therapy through his work at Wiltwyck School in New York. This was a school for boys who were troubled. He recognized that he needed to see the boys’ parents for effective treatment of their problems. Minuchin was self-taught in family therapy, and collaborated with a many of his colleagues including Jay Haley (strategic family therapy) in the 1960’s. He was director and head of the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic from 1965-1981. It was there that he refined the theory and practice of SFT. What Is Structural Family Therapy? Although

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