Portokalos Family

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The Portokalos family appears to have a cultural component that attributes to their behavior and interactions in the system. The family comes from a collectivist perspective; therefore, separation and boundaries may be difficult to establish. Therefore, for the Portokalos family, to enact change, the treatment must work within a collectivist perspective. Utilizing elements of SFT for treatment may be appropriate because SFT has a natural inclination to structure and hierarchies, similar to collectivist societies. The purpose of this section is to address some of the SFT techniques, that I as a therapist, would utilize on the Portokalos family and conclude with a discussion on potential changes that can occur if the techniques are successful.…show more content…
One the reframe was accepted and in place and it was clear that their children, Toula and Nick were not leaving the family, but rather gaining more distance to find themselves, Gus and Maria would be more open to this shift.
It appears that the Portokalos family have both Gus and Maria as authority figures working against each other instead of working with together. So to shift the hierarchy, I would utilize restructure techniques that would establish a fusion of the overt and covert authorities in place. Although establishing the new hierarchy may cause confrontation among Gus and Maria, it is necessary to grow the system. Therefore, the goal would be to fuse these authorities to create a cohesive hierarchy with one set of rules across the subsystems.
Utilizing enactments may benefit the family, as this would provide a clearer understanding of the dynamic and the relationships between each of the members in the Portokalos family. This provides more opportunity to question and probe what the system thinks about these interactions. Understanding which relationships may be viewed as problematic, which can later be used as a catalyst to demonstrate a need for change.
Changes that would
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