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Family Therapy Glossary - Quiz #6


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second-order change
a concept from systems theory that describes the process of change in a system which alters the fundamental organization of the system
side taking
a clinical intervention in which the family therapist deliberately "sides" with one member or a certian position over another in the family
solution-focused family therapy
a clinical model that identifies solutions to current and specific problems described by clients imposing as little change as possible
a concept from object relations theory which defines a defensive maneuver whereby an individual "splits" the "good" from the "bad" in an external object and internalizes this split perception.
strategic family therapy
a clinical model in which the family therapist designs interventions focused on specific problems.
structural determinism
a concept from systems therapy which defines the potential range of change that a system can tolerate without a loss of identity.
stuctural family therapy
a clinical model, developed by Salvador Minuchin, based on identifying the internal organization of subsystems and boundaries of a family system
a concept from systems theory that defines the components, and the relationship among these components, which define the organization of a system
a concept from family systems theory which describes the basic structural units within the nuclear family system
symbolic-experiential family therapy
a clinical model, developed by Carl Whitaker, which stresses the immediacy of human interactions within the family system while focusing on the family's underlying symbolic representations of their impulses, irrationalities, and "craziness."
a concept that describes a relationship in which the family members have relatively equal status and power
a concpet that defines the basic set of units or elements interconnected in a consistent relationship or interactional stance.
systems consultation
an approach in which systemic principles used in working with families can be applied to other contexts and larger systems, such as corporate organizations or small businesses
an accommodation technique whereby the family therapist follows the direction and content of a family's communication and behavior, and encourages its continuance
a concept in psychotherapy which defined the personal and/or "distored" feelings which may develop in a client toward their therapist
a family dynamic describing the process whereby a third family member is introduced into a dyadic relationship to balance either uncomfortable intimacy or a certain level of conflict or distance experienced by the dyad
a family dynamic, often represented by a rigid triadic relationship between two parents and a child, in which each parent demands that the child side with him or her in a conflict
a clinical intervention from structural family therapy where the family therapist interferes with a dysfunctional transactional in the system by adding more force or emphasis to a cerain behavior or role
undifferentiated ego mass
a concept, developed by Murray Bowen, to describe a lack of differentiation of self observed in family members
tickling the defenses
a historic term, coined by Nathan Ackerman, to describe the process by which the family therapist moves in and out of the system, making observations that are provocative and pushing the family to its limits

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