The Influence of Family Therapists

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In order to properly examine how beliefs and values may influence family systems therapists, it is first necessary to elucidate the role that a therapist's personal mores and convictions should play within his or her professional life. Ideally, the goal for all sorts of therapy, particularly one that is as multi-faceted and as complicated as familial therapy which is due to the interaction between a diversity of patients as opposed to just one is a strict neutrality actuated on the part of its practitioners. Therapists should not interject their own personal beliefs and values that are distinct from those of their occupation because of the inherent power they have to sway their clients. In terms of ethics, transposing a therapist's personal viewpoints on aspects of their cases for their clients is somewhat akin to eliciting a romantic relationships with their clients and is expressly forbidden. However, one of the primary differences between allowing a family therapist's own inherent biases towards behavior and morals to influence his or her work and an explicitly taboo transgression such as dating a client is that the former is more intrinsically related to the nature of work of a therapist, particularly one engaged in family and/or marriage therapy, which the following quotation explains. "The ethical and spiritual positions family therapists and those that a client may hold, shape the therapeutic process where goals may involve the interaction of core beliefs of
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