Structural Theory : The Structural Model

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The Structural Model In our society families form the foundation of all human relationships. Therefore, learning to maintain and develop healthy families is the goal of family therapist. Counselors can use the Structural Family Therapy approach in counseling hurting families. The pioneer of structural family therapy is Salvador Minuchin (Hammond & Nichols, 2014). Structural family therapists have been exemplified within the context of relational therapies that uncover stressors in relationship between individuals (Vetere, 2001). Structural family therapy has been known to be called “interventive approach” because of the “intensity” to encourage clients to change (Hammond & Nichols, 2014). Structural therapy states that psychopathology is preserved and created, not through individual pathology but through a deficit in a family’s organizational structure. Therefore family therapists are not trying to solve the families’ problems, but rather concentrating on each family’s organizational form (Ford, Durtchi, Franklin, 2012). Furthermore, the structural family therapy theories and techniques offer methods for individuals to help them in their social and relational relationships (Vetere, 2001). Additionally, the definition of structure is “organizational characteristics of families at any given time, the family subsystems, and open and concealed rules that effect interpersonal decisions and behaviors in the family” (Vetere, 2001). Moreover, the foundational approach to
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