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Theories And Techniques Of Family Counseling

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Malky Fried
September 20,2015
Professor Kivelevitz
Theories and Techniques of Family Counseling

Reflections on your Family of Origin

"It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons." -Johann Schiller Probably the strongest influence in our lives is the family we grew up in. Our birth order, the personalities of our parent(s), the way we were treated by our siblings, the socioeconomic status of the family, their education, the place we lived — all of these shaped us at the time when we were most vulnerable to being shaped. The big picture of the patterns and significant themes in my family of origin is that there are issues of relative closeness of relationships within the various generations of the several nuclear families and to some extent across the boundaries of the nuclear families. For the most part, these relationships are not problematic or pathological, but the graphic representation reflects personal observations and assessments of the emotional ties that exist in the family unit. This relationship pattern can be linked, to my role as, parent, spouse and potential mental health counselor. There were many patterns that I noticed while generating this assignment. One of the most prominent patterns I became aware of is that the mothers of the last three generations married at a young age. I noticed that this pattern caused different attachment styles between the mother and the child of the family.
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