The Structural Family Therapy Approach

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There are many different therapeutic approaches that therapists can utilize to counsel and treat their clients and their families. Each therapeutic approach comes with its own history, leaders, techniques, and theories. This paper will seek to review each of the above mentioned qualities of the Structural Family Therapy Approach in a comprehensive manner.
Structural Family Therapy Defined Structural Family Therapy, or SFT, is a therapeutic approach where the need for structural change is the main goal (Colapinto, 1982). Change is the key word that comes about when researching and study the SFT approach. This therapeutic method also notices the interdependence between the parts of the family and that there are repetitive patterns of behaviors and interactions between the parts (Kurtines & Szapocnik, 1996). When a therapist chooses to use the SFT approach, it is recognized that in order to create change in the behaviors of the individual there must first be change within the structure and dyamics of the family. Goldenberg and Goldenberg (2013) outlines three major parts of this specific model as “1) An individual’s symptoms are best understood as rooted in the context of family transaction patterns, 2) Change in family organization or structure must take place before the symptoms are relieved, and 3) The therapist must provide a directive leadership role in changing the structure or context in which the symptom is embedded.” (pg. 273). Change of the structure of a family is…
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