ERIC Number: ED247517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Strategic Family Therapy: A High-Technology Approach.
Historically, family counseling grew from a focus on the individual to an emphasis on the importance of the entire family as the unit of treatment and the structure of the family as the key ingredient in family functioning. Strategic family therapy (SFT) has evolved from these traditional intervention approaches to the use of a brief, directive, problem-focused approach to address the presenting concern of the family. According to SFT, six attributes characterize a functional and healthy family (parents in control, flexibility, caring and emotional support, individualization within the family, semi-permeable family boundaries, and clear, direct communication). All types of families and problems are suitable for strategic family therapy. Transitions are viewed as the major cause of family difficulties, with symptom removal being the primary goal of treatment. Techniques used in SFT include advice; assignments; confrontation; and paradoxical directives, intentions, and interventions. The counseling process is short-term (10 sessions) involving seven phases from problem presentation to treatment to outcome evaluation. (BL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Life Transitions; Strategic Family Therapy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Houston, TX, March 18-21, 1984).