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Title: Structural Family Therapy


1
Structural Family Therapy
  • Intro to Theories of Therapy

2
Structural Family Therapy (SFT)
  • Places an emphasis on family structure as the
    reason for dysfunction in the family
  • Salvador Minuchin
  • Philadelphia Child Guidance work in the 60s
    produced Families of the Slums
  • In the 70s, his theories became more delineated
    in Families and Family Therapy

3
SFT Assumptions
  • A familys structure is the invisible or covert
    set of functional demands that dictate or
    organize the way family members interact.
  • Behavior problems reflect inadequate family
    structure.
  • Goal of therapy is to change boundaries and
    hierarchies.

4
SFT Key Concepts
  • Three primary subsystems
  • Boundaries
  • Diffuse
  • Rigid
  • Clear
  • Enmeshment?---------------?Disengagement
  • Coalition

5
SFT Therapeutic Interventions
  • Boundary making
  • Unbalancing
  • Joining
  • Enactments
  • Accommodating
  • Raising Intensity
  • Inducing a crisis
  • Reframing

6
SFT Therapeutic Interventions
  • Directives that restructure the family system
  • Reinforcing good transactions
  • Expanding the repertoire of transactional
    patterns available to the family
  • Challenging behavioral patterns, not individuals
  • Challenging the familys perception of the problem

7
SFT Therapeutic Interventions
  • SFT pays close attention to how the family sits
    when they present.
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