Structural Model Of Structural Family Therapy

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Structural family therapy is a model that consist of established, empathetic and exceptional interventions/techniques and stance of the therapist that can be implemented and used to treat a wide variety of families. My views on the mechanism of change is informed by the therapeutic paradigm I use. I am a structural family therapist, and therefore my views about the family and interventions are influenced by this model. There are several elements of the structural model that resonate with my style and personality. Therefore in this paper, I will discuss the paradigm, presenting problems and expected outcomes, mechanism of change, stance of the therapist, major interventions, and, self-of-the-therapist and diversity and contextual considerations of structural family therapy model. Family Systems Theory Paradigm Gregory Bateson was one of the pioneers that set the way for family system theory. Bateson studied families and their communication patterns. According to Guttman (1991) Bateson believed that the uniformity and variability of a systems behavior were rule-governed. In order for Bateson to study the communication process of different systems he recruited the support of the Palo Alto group (Guttman, 1991). The Palo Alto looked at the family as a whole and focused on families with schizophrenic members. With the research the concept of homeostasis was established. Homeostasis is the principle that negative feedback preserves stability in the system (Rosenblatt,
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