Evolution Of Structural Family Therapy

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Structural Family Therapy The evolution of Structural Family Therapy started from an epiphany back in the early 1960’s. The focus was on the Wiltwyck School for Boys, where Salvador Minuchin was employed. Minuchin suggested to his staff that they start involving families within the therapy sessions in hopes for reconnection. Minuchin then assembled a team of therapists and researchers and set out to transform the institutional setting of a correctional facility for young delinquents into a family-oriented treatment program. Families of the Slums (Minuchin, 1967) recounts the experience, which started at the opposite end of the traditional psychodynamic approach –with a sociological analysis of the impact of social context on poor families. The typical Wiltwyck client was the “urban, minority group member who is experiencing discrimination, fear, crowdedness, poverty and street-living,” and his family tended to be under organized. Because the style of interaction in these families was more concrete and action-oriented than abstract and verbal, the team adopted and developed an alternative communication approach which encompassed “more doing than talking” techniques such as, “enactments”, role playing, home-based modalities of treatment, and other nontraditional forms. Family “Only the family, society 's smallest unit, can change and yet maintain enough continuity to rear children who will not be 'strangers in a strange land, ' who will be rooted firmly enough to grow
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