Strategic Family Therapy

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The Rodgers family, David (the father), Kathleen (step-mother) and Michelle (daughter), sought therapy through a recommendation from Michelle’s guidance counselor. With the Rodger’s family, there are issues regarding culture and ethnicity. Not aware of the influence of race, ethnicity, cultural, and gender are all connected by what comes before and after. Through the lens of Strategic Family Therapy, this paper will explore the approaches and techniques used to help the Rodgers family. Pioneers Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes guided therapist through their creative and artful approaches of family center therapy allowing for the family to resolve their presenting problem.
Description of Assessments Strategic family therapy (SFT) uses
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This ended up apparent through a specific population, for instance, lower socio-economic classes, and population with extreme social issues coming from poverty. During the 1960s, Haley alongside Cloe Madanes started creating elective models for working with families utilizing more arrangement centered systems, and their model wound up known as SFT (Keim, 2012).
Haley and Madanes combined Erikson and Milan’s therapy model together to formulate SFT. SFT combines two major therapeutic models - strategic therapy and family therapy - a combination of therapies that necessitate a carefully crafted plan to effectively oversee or improve a family’s problems or issues (Madanes, 1991). “Strategic therapy is any type of therapy where the therapist initiates what happens during therapy and designs a particular approach for each problem” (Santisteban, Suarez-Morales, Robbins & Szapocznik, 2006). The beliefs of Milan developed the idea of family functioning as a system. Family therapy is a form of counseling that assist members of a family in the areas of communications and familial conflicts to name a few. (Mackinnon & James,
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There are seven types of techniques that strategic family therapist can use; neutrality, circular questioning, indirect style, descriptive paradox, restraining, reframing and rituals. Neutrality is allowing for the therapist to remain an ally to all members of the family. This technique allows for the therapist to hear all sides and begin to develop circular questioning for a better understanding. Circular questioning permits for elicit information to be introduced into a session at the appropriate time. The line of questioning will allow for the therapist to provide directives indirectly and directly. These directives permit the therapist to assign homework and/or provide positive meaning to a hostile
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