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PSYCH404: Psychotherapy

Unit 7: Family Systems Therapy   This final unit will focus on a less common but new and interesting approach known as family therapy. As the name implies, family therapy is based on the assumption that in order to change an individual’s behavior, you must target the different relationships and roles found in the patient’s family. Rather than focusing on the individual, therapists focus on problems within the family system and system interactions. The therapy acknowledges the fact that the family unit is important to psychological well-being. In fact, researchers have found that certain aspects of family life contribute to patient relapse and treatment success. In this unit, we will take a look at how this therapy targets different aspects of the family structure and identify the theories that support its treatment techniques.

Unit 7 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 12.5 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 7.1: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 7.2: 9.5 hours

☐    Subunit 7.2.1: 4 hours

☐    Subunit 7.2.2: 3.5 hours

☐    Subunit 7.2.3: 2 hours      

☐    Subunit 7.3: 2 hours

Unit7 Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  • describe the historical context in which family therapy evolved;
  • identify the major types of family therapies;
  • describe the tenets of each type of family therapy;
  • identify the seminal theorists/clinicians associated with these major types of family therapies;
  • compare and contrast this approach to an individual approach; and
  • compare and contrast each of the family therapies to each other.

7.1 Introduction to Family Therapy   - Reading: Allyn & Bacon Family Therapy Website: “Historical Overview” Link: Allyn & Bacon Family Therapy Website: “Historical Overview” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Click on the above link and read the entirety of this webpage, which will provide you with a broad overview of the history of family therapy. 
 
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7.2 Systemic Family Therapy   - Reading: Western Michigan University School of Social Work: Professor Fritz McDonald’s “Family Systems Theory” and “Family Systems Therapy” Links: Western Michigan University School of Social Work: Professor Fritz McDonald’s “Family Systems Theory” (PowerPoint) and “Family Systems Therapy” (PowerPoint).
 
Instructions: For these readings, click on the above links and download the power points entitled “Family Systems Theory” and “Family Systems Therapy,” which will provide you with an overview of systems theory and more specific information regarding family systems theory/therapy. These readings will introduce you to the umbrella theory which encapsulates the theories detailed in 7.2.1-7.2.3.
 
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7.2.1 Bowenian Family Therapy (i.e., Intergenerational Family Therapy)   - Reading: “Bowenian Family Therapy” and Western Michigan University School of Social Work: Professor Fritz McDonald’s “Nichols & Schwartz Bowenian” Links: Pschpage.com: “Bowenian Family Therapy” (HTML) and Western Michigan University School of Social Work: Professor Fritz McDonald’s “Nichols  & Schwartz Bowenian” (PowerPoint)
 
Instructions: For the first reading, click on the above link and read the entirety of this webpage, which will provide an overview of Bowenian Family Therapy. For the second reading, click on the above link and download the power points entitled “Nichols & Schwartz Bowenian.” The second reading will overlap with the first reading; however, it will provide you with new information. Furthermore, it is often helpful for memory and your own knowledge base to read similar information presented in slightly different ways.  
 
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  • Web Media: Western Michigan University School of Social Work: Professor Fritz McDonald’s “Genograms 70” Link: Western Michigan University School of Social Work: Professor Fritz McDonald’s “Genograms 70” (PowerPoint)

    Instructions: Click on the above link and download the PDF file labeled “Genograms 70.” This will provide you with detailed instructions for how genograms, a technique used in Bowenian Family Therapy, would be utilized in a therapeutic setting. Read over the slides to get an idea of how this intervention is used with families/individuals. Feel free to make a genogram if you are a kinetic learner and “doing” helps you to remember the material.
     
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7.2.2 Structural Family Therapy   - Reading: Dr. Randi Fredricks’ “Structural Family Therapy” and Western Michigan University School of Social Work: Professor Fritz McDonald’s “Terms of Structural Family Therapy” Links: Dr. Randi Fredricks’ “Structural Family Therapy” (HTML) and Western Michigan University School of Social Work: Professor Fritz McDonald’s “Terms of Structural Family Therapy” (PDF)
 
Instructions: For the first reading, click on the above link and read the entirety of this webpage, which will provide you with a broad overview of Structural Family Therapy. For the second reading, click on the above link and download the PDF entitled “Terms of Structural Family Therapy,” which will provide you with a more in-depth understanding of the theory behind this therapy.
 
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7.2.3 Strategic Family Therapy (i.e., Problem-Solving Therapy)   - Reading: Wikipedia’s “Strategic Family Therapy”, Dr. Richard Niolon’s “Strategic Family Theory and Therapy”, and Allyn & Bacon Family Therapy Website: “Jay Haley” Links: Wikipedia’s “Strategic Family Therapy”, (HTML) Dr. Richard Niolon’s “Strategic Family Theory and Therapy”, (HTML) and Allyn & Bacon Family Therapy Website: “Jay Haley” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Read the first article, which provides an overview of information on Strategic Family Therapy. The second article provides more detailed information regarding strategic family therapy. The third and final article gives further information on Jay Haley.
 
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7.3 Other Types of Family Therapy   7.3.1 Experiential Humanistic Therapy   - Reading: Dr. Randi Fredricks’ “Humanistic Psychology” and Allyn & Bacon Family Therapy Website: “Virginia Satir” Links: Dr. Randi Fredricks’ “Humanistic Psychology” (HTML) and Allyn & Bacon Family Therapy Website: “Virginia Satir” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Click on the links above and read the entirety of the webpages.
 
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7.3.2 Narrative Therapy   - Reading: Wikipedia's “Narrative Therapy” and Allyn & Bacon Family Therapy Website: “Michael White” Links: Wikipedia's “Narrative Therapy” (HTML) and Allyn & Bacon Family Therapy Website: “Michael White” (HTML)
 
 Instructions: Click on the above links and read the entirety of the webpages.
 
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