An Introduction to Family Therapy by Rudi Dallos

By Rudi Dallos

An advent to the idea and perform of systemic family members remedy This valuable introductory identify bargains an assessment of the middle conceptual framework of relations treatment, illustrated all through by way of energetic examples drawn from medical perform. The booklet has been rigorously designed as a educating device and encompasses a set of assets that may be used by means of person readers or as a part of instructing workshops. This re-creation has been comprehensively up to date all through. Key additions and alterations comprise: extra at the proof base for the effectiveness of kinfolk remedy an improved specialise in attachment and psychodynamic views a completely new bankruptcy on overview and formula a completely new bankruptcy on integrative perform For counselors, kin therapists, psychologists, and scholars.

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The parts are connected so that each part influences and is influenced by each other part. In turn these continually interacting parts are connected together such that they display identifiable coherent patterns. These overall patterns are not simply reducible to the sum of the actions of the individual’s parts – a system is more than simply the sum of its composite parts. It is the observed pattern that connects the parts in a coherent and meaningful way. Aspects of mechanical models were also applied to families, with Jackson (1965a) suggesting that a family was similar to a central heating system in that it operated on the basis of a set of rules, with deviations from these rules being resisted.

For example, that organizational features of a family, such as an ineffective parental ‘executive’ subsystem (inability of the parents to work together to control the children), could be objectively identified and steps taken to remedy this. As research and therapy progressed, however, it became increasingly evident that such objective descriptions of families were problematic, not least because different observers tended to perceive a family in different ways. It also became apparent that contrasting ways of working with families could produce equally impressive positive changes.

3 the personal – each family member has a more or less unique set of personal beliefs. For the parents this may emanate from the accumulated experience prior to forming a family; for all members the personal beliefs also develop as a result of contacts outside the family. Each family or grouping can be seen as creating, usually from an initial coupling of two people who may become parents of children and later grandparents, a unique interpersonal system. This becomes a family – a system of meanings and actions encapsulating a version of family life which develops from the amalgamation of its members’ negotiations and choices based upon their personal and shared beliefs and histories.

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