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Family Systems Theory Part 1


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Individual Therapist
1. Obtain accurate diagnosis DSM IV
2. Begin Therapy right now
3. Focus: causes, purposes, and processes
4. Concern with experience & perspective
5. Intervene to help clients learn to cope.
Systemic Therapist
1. Explore system for family process & rules
2. Invite in parents, siblings
3. Focus: Family relationships
4. Concern and transgenerational meanings, rules
5. Intervene to change context within family system
members of a larger system who join together to perform various tasks or functions. Carry out specific family functions.
persons, families, organizations, communities, societies, and cultures are:
According to The Family Systems Perspective: Are best understood through assessing the interactions within an entire family.
According to the family systems perspective: Are viewed as an expression of a dysfunction within a family.
problematic behaviors
According to the family systems perspective:
1. Serve a PURPOSE for the family
2. Are a function of the family's INABILITY TO OPERATE PRODUCTIVELY
3. A family is an interactional unit and a change in one member effects all members.
family subsystems
Spousal, Parental, and Sibling. In a family these are referred to as:
circular causality
refers to the fact that in family systems, each family member's behavior is caused by and causes the other family members' behaviors. They are each impacting the other.
1. Define membership in a system
2. Represent the point of contact between the system and other systems
3. Vary in degree of permeability, the degree to which they control the flow between systems.
1. Our balanced state of equilibrium
2. Supports resistance to change
3. Natural part of systems to want to stay where they are but systems have to learn to adapt if they are to be open.
1. The ability of a system to achieve the same goals through different routes.
2. Communication patterns are organized into feedback loops which affect goal-setting behavior in systems.
Detouring conflict between two people by involving a third person, temporarily stabilizing the relationship.
Family Rules
1. Can describe regulation or regularity
2. Prevent family members from using the full range of behaviors available to them.
3. Are not explicit, therefore difficult to change.
4. Govern the range of behaviors the system can tolerate, therefore defines homeostatic range.
Family Roles
1. Expectations bring regularity to complex social situations.
2. Tend to focus on each individual in the family.
3. Stereotyped (Cultural Differences)
4. Narrowing these limits the possibilities for family life.
5. Can create stress
6. Are hard to set aside
7. Do not exist independent of one another.
8. Tend to be reciprocal and complementary.
Distancer-Persuer Dyad
1. Often the roles that various members take on are related to one another.
2. One person seeks out closeness with the other person, while his/her partner wants more space or independence and pulls back from the relationship.
This type of boundary is firm, yet flexible.
This type of boundary is:
1. Restrictive and permit little contact with those outside the subsystem.
2. Can lead to DISENGAGEMENT
3. Permits independence and growth
4. Disengagement limits warmth, affection, and nurturance
This type of boundary is:
1. Enmeshed relationships, vague and not restrictive.
2. Heightened sense of mutual support
3. Lack of independence and autonomy
1. Student of Freud
2. First to pursue implication that treating the child would prevent adult neuroses.
3. Organized child guidance clinics in Vienna
4. Insight that the real problem was not the obvious one, child's symptoms, but family tension were the course of the symptoms.
Type of Family Therapy:
1. Use an EDUCATIONAL MODEL to counsel families
3. Therapists function as COLLABORATORS, who seek to join the family
Goals of this type of family therapy:
2. ENGAGE PARENTS in a learning experience and a collaborative assessment
Developed the multigenerational model, triangulation, and differentiation of self.
Developed Experiential Symbolic Family Therapy, therapist coach influences change.
Developed Structural Family Therapy, solves problems now
Satir's family roles
The following communication styles:
1. Placater
2. Blamer
3. Super-Reasonable
4. Irrelevant
5. Congruent Communicator
Are referred to as:
Satir's Family Role:
1. Caricature: Service
2. Verbal Expression: Whatever one wants is okay, I'm just here to make you happy
3. Body Posture: Grateful, boot licking, begging, self-flagellating
4. Inner Feeling: I am like nothing. Without you I'm dead and worthless.
Satir's Family Role:
1. Caricature: Power
2. Verbal Expression: You never do anything right. What is the matter with you?
3. Body Posture: Finger-pointing, loud, tyrannical, and enraged
4. Inner Feeling: I am lonely and unsuccessful
Satir's Family Role:
1. Caricature: Intellect
2. Verbal Expression: If one were to observe carefully, one might notice the work-worm hands of someone present here.
3. Body Posture: Monotone voice, stiff, machine-light, computer-like
4. Inner Feeling: I feel vulnerable
Satir's Family Role:
1. Caricature: Spontaneity
2. Typical Verbal Expression: Words unrelated to what others are saying. In the midst of a family dispute "What are we having for dinner?"
3. Body Posture: In constant movement, chatter, distracting
4. Inner Feeling: Nobody cares. There is no place for me.
Congruent Communicator
Satir's Family Role:
Only this style seems real, genuinely expressive, responsible for sending straight (not double-binding or other confusing) messages in their appropriate context.
Froma Walsh
Developed theory for healthy family functioning
Healthy Family Functioning
Froma Walsh Developed this:
1. Connectedness and commitment of members to one another
2. Respect for individual differences
3. Couples: mutual respect, support, sharing of power
4. Children: nurture, protection, socialization, and caretaking of vulnerable family members.
5. Resources for basic economic security.
6. Organizational stability, adaptability, open communication, effective problem solving, and a shared belief system.
refers to equivalence of form: there is a one to one correspondence between elements and relationships.
The layering of systems of increasing complexity including systems, subsystems, and suprasystems
larger systems (economic and political systems)
1. This feedback is used to maintain homeostasis.
2. Also been called constancy loops and attenuating loops
This feed back promotes maintenance of existing structure
1. This feedback is used to promote change
2. Referred to as deviation amplifying loops or variety loops
This feedback produces change in a system
First Order Cybernetics
1. Grew out of communication engineering and computer science as a means of understanding the general principles of how systems are regulated.
2. Attention directed at structure (patterns of organization) and control through feedback cycles.
3. Universal laws or codes were sought to explain what governs all systems.
4. It was assumed that the system being observed was separate from the observer and could be studied objectively, while remaining outside the system itself.
Second Order Cybernetics
Michael White
1. Emphasize that the therapist must be aware that there are a number of individuals present, each has a sense of family, and each has a separate and legitimate perception.
2. This model posits that objectivity does not exist, that descriptions of families are social constructions that may say more about the describer than the family.
3. The family's "reality" is nothing more than the agreed-upon consensus that occurs through social interaction of it's members.
4. Family is composed of multiple perspectives
5. Therapist is not seen as an outside observer, but has a part in constructing the reality being observed,
6. There are multiple truths about every family, not one universal truth.
7. The therapist can not consider any members' viewpoint as a distortion of some presumably correct interpretation of reality.
General Systems Theory
Limitations of this theory are:
1. Focus on application of systems theory
2. Poor explanatory power because, although it provides conceptualization, it is difficult to clearly identify and measure constructs.
3. Criticism of subtle assumption that all parts of the system have equal power.
General Systems Theory
Feminist Critique of this theory are:
1. Limited recognition of power in family systems which obscures the privilege of dominant groups.
2. Systemic constructs reflect sex bias
3. Emphasizes therapist neutrality
4. Not systematic enough
5. Interdisciplinary scholarship has demonstrated that all cultures utilize gender and generation as fundamental categories of organization, but ignores gender concerns.
Social Constructionism
1. The client, not the therapist, is the expert.
2. Dialogue is used to elicit perspective, resources, and unique client experiences.
3. Questions empower family members to speak, and to express their diverse positions.
4. The therapist supplies optimism and the process.
Social Constructionism
Goals of this type of therapy are:
1. Generate new meaning in the lives of family members
2. Co-develop, with families, solutions that are unique to the situation.
3. Enhance awareness of the impact of various aspects of the dominant culture on the family.
4. Help families develop alternative ways of being, acting, knowing, and living.
Social Constructionism
Critiques of this therapy are:
1. Emphasizing the cognitive dimension of individuals ignores some of the defining insights of family therapy.
2. Families operate as complex units and symptoms are often results of conflicts within the family.
3. Biblical teachings on God and Creation preclude the absolute relativism of this theory.
4. To what extent should or shouldn't a family therapist take the role of expert.
Ethical Integration
Application of religious moral principles to practice
Perspectival Integration
Independent, complimentary views
Humanizer of Science Integration
Explicit incorporation of Christian world-view and control beliefs
Control Beliefs
1. Existence of God
2. Authority of Scripture
3. Acknowledgement of Spiritual
4. Uniqueness of human beings
5. Teleology
6. Ethical Constraints
Control Beliefs
The following are criticisms of these:
1. Humanism undergirds most family systems models.
2. Critique against the theology of the Fall