Structural Family Therapy Case Study

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When comparing, and contrasting these two major approaches in relation to their strengths and limitation, once must acknowledge that both modalities are designed to address the roots of dysfunction, and to effect change. CBT focus on the present stressors, but Tracey’s issues are past focused. However, CBT has a larger evidence-based result which indicates extremely successful rates of treating depression (CLASS). This model emphasizes that many people with psychological disorders have maladaptive assumptions and thoughts, which Tracey exhibits. CBT is a highly structured approach that involves the social worker and Tracey’s collaborating on treatment goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-limited. Tracey will be…show more content…
This modality emphasizes that change and dysfunction lie within the family structure. This theory assumes that Tracey’s foster family and biological family can solve their own problems with professional support and guidance. Unlike CBT, by identifying the foster family’s strengths, the social worker can build upon these strengths so that the family develops new skills to handle Tracey’s school transition and immersion into the new family system. This modality is also time limited and has an expectation of change. Utilizing this modality will allow Tracey’s foster parents a safe place to explore their perspectives on interracial couples, which could influence how the family interacts with others, Tracey and themselves. Tracey could explore the impact of her biological family patterns and its psychosocial implications. When exploring the foster family’s patterns and rules, the social worker can influence change on a behavioral level. Thus, producing a modality that allows goals to be measurable, focused and strengths based. This modality provides techniques for the social worker to strengthen the parents’ perspective of Tracey’s through reframing and role plays. The examination of the foster family structure could open discussions about traditions, subsystems or external supports that could ease Tracey’s transition into the foster family

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