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Structural family therapy

Diana Sánchez Itzel Aceves

Itzel Aceves

on 15 July 2013

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•Deacon, A. (1996).Utilizing structural family therapy and systems theory in the business world, Contemporary Family Therapy, 18(4), 549-556.

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Understanding the foundations
Structural Techniques
Case #1
Case #2
Video analysis
The basics
What does the structural model propose?
Structural Family Therapy
Structural Family Therapy & Systems Theory in Business
Salvador Minuchin's life
Born in San Salvador Argentina, October 13th, 1921.
Understanding the Problem
Nobody in his family challenged the supreme authority.
The therapist tracks content and learns about the family issue and draws together all data relevant to the issue as gathered from prior information and the in-session experience leading up to the moment when the therapist is to intervene.
In 1950 he studied Psychiatry in the US
Fisrt he was a psychiatrist focused in Psychoanalysis
Worked in the Wiltwyck School for Boys in NYC.
Now your task....
Team 1
Team 2
Team 3
structural Approach serve as a framework to understand the unique structure of the family.
Social Stratification
Mapping family’s underlying structure
observe family to see structure, focusing on the how, when, and to whom family members relate
who says what to whom
in what way
with what result
What's it about?
Formulating Hypotheses
The therapist commits to hypotheses about the significance of the current transactional sequence of the nature of the problem, its locus, and sustaining structure.

Conducts experiments through probes and challenges to assess the flexibility of family patterns
Invisible set of functional demanded rules that organize the way family members relate to each other.
Transactional patterns within the family
How these patters affects the family "homeostasis"
Structural Change
Are viewed in the context of the family's internal organization
Intervening in ways designed to transform an ineffective structure
--> Therefore, tools are given to re-structure the family organization.
Unflexible rules = family members doesn't adapt = Non working behaviors
Jumps into a new paradigm called Family Therapy
Family: living open system, in constant transformation
non speaking in specific context
know the language
resist learning
Family problem:
Structure, degree of cohesion, role distribution, and modeling
Hesselman (1983)
block to a child's autonomy and identity
An unsatisfactory marriage or scanty husband and wife communication can
push the mother into a child liaison to compensate for the disappointment
in the marriage.
Monosyllabic speech, shyness,and reservation were generally present in one or both parents and perhaps even in the previous generation.
There is usually a symbiotic mother-child relationship or a strong mutual dependency.
Penelope's Case
Age of 3 stop talking as a game

A: "Mommie, tell Grandpa to sit over here"
B:"Tell Penelope to bring her game to the table."
Translation of Concepts
of the most significant Systems of Human interaction are: Family and the career/ businesses environment
Structure is common to all organizations
DEFINITION: Basic Organizational structure--> how work is divided, assigned, and how subsystems accomplish the objectives of the business.
Realign subsystems, hierarchical boundaries to make the system functional
Is the power structure of the family
= Power maintains hierarchy
Functional hierarchy maintains clear boundaries
Delineation of power and objectives to different subsystems throughout their hierarchy = accomplishment of purposes.
We can also talk about Coalitions and alignments...
Applications, Strategies & Techniques
Focus of individuals within the system and overall functioning of the organization.
Genograms- diagram structure
Reframing behaviors into growth areas
Reframing, restructuring, clarify boundaries, empowering, dissolve interfering coalitions,
Innovative and resolve conflicts by altering the structure
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