Structural and strategic family therapies.

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Structural and strategic family therapies.

In a 2- to 3-page paper, address the following:

Summarize the key points of both structural family therapy and strategic family therapy. Compare structural family therapy to strategic family therapy, noting the strengths and weaknesses of each. Provide an example of a family in your practicum using a structural family map. Note: Be sure to maintain HIPAA     regulations.Recommend a specific therapy for the family, and justify your choice using the Learning Resources.

Strategic and structural family therapy differ in their interventions according to their theory. Strategic family therapy interventions are positive implication and professional retrospective planning. Positive implication allows the therapist to recalibrate the problem without blaming anyone in the family. In post-session planning, the family and therapist discuss what will happen in the next session and how to prepare. Strategic family therapy focuses on the person who caused the problem, rather than blaming a single person, and helps them deal with the problem differently. Strategic family therapy never blames a particular family member but offers solutions on how that family member could have coped and changed the way the family functions. Structural family therapy, on the other hand, uses a variety of interventions to solve family problems. The concept of structural family therapy interventions is discussed in more detail below. Over time, family structures change as families adapt to each other’s preferences, strengths, and weaknesses CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR ORDER


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