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Structural vs. Strategic Family Therapy
Transcript of Structural vs. Strategic Family Therapy
by Stacey Hembury, Carrie Scott, and Jessica Summers
Strength based, outcome orientated
Emphasizes context of the family
Uses spatial and organizational metaphors to describe problems and identify solutions
Looks at the family, presenting problems and process of change
Key Terms and Treatment Goals
Transform the system
Bring about structural change within the system
Interventions and Assessment
Uses FDST Assessment Tool
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Cottrell, D. D., & Boston, P. P. (2002). Practitioner Review: The effectiveness of systemic family therapy for children and adolescents. Journal Of Child Psychology & Psychiatry & Allied Disciplines, 43(5), 573-586.
McLendon, D., McLendon, T., & Petr, C. G. (2005). Family-Directed Structural Therapy. Journal Of Marital & Family Therapy, 31(4), 327-339. doi:10.1111/j.1752-0606.2005.tb01574.
McLendon, T. (2007). Best Practices for Families with Children Who Experience Substance Abuse, Juvenile Delinquency, and Serious Emotional Disturbance. Retrieved from http://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/dspace/bitstream/1808/3890/1/Best%20Practices%20No.%2019.pdf
Strengths and Weaknesses
very efficient, usually 8-10 sessions
engages family from first session
not appropriate for domestic violence or threat of harm to self situations
stability must be demonstrated prior
Has positive effects, lasting effects are still being determined.
Models privilege directive or task orientated interventions over understanding the meaning of symptoms
Key Concepts and Terms
The Washington School
The Milan Model
Interventions and Assessments
Therapist decides on interventions to reorganize the family
Therapist monitors outcomes
Strengths and Weaknesses
Doesn't incorporate multicultural perspectives, relies on "common sense"
More effective than individual psychodynamic
More effective than group therapy for conduct problems
Families were more engaged
Effective tx for youth behavior problems and poor family functioning