ERIC Number: ED199577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Conceptual Model of Integrated Child and Family Therapy.
Haffey, Nancy A.
Two models of family treatment are presented in which the child's nonverbal communication is as important as the adult's verbal communication, and the child is accorded equal respect with adult family members by the therapist. In the integrated conjoint family therapy model, children are present at family sessions, and the therapist responds to communications made by both adults and child(ren). Problems of conjoint therapy are discussed, including the disruptive behavior of children in therapy, language level problems, and the importance of hearing every family member. A concurrent model is also presented in which the therapist sees both the child individually and the family together in family sessions. Concurrent therapies are recommended when unresolved conflicts with an absent family member exist, as with the case of divorce, and when a child has internalized a sense of shame or badness which cannot be expressed to the parents. Problems in concurrent therapy are reviewed, focusing on issues of competition and integration of the child's individual therapy insights into family sessions. Case material is presented to illustrate techniques of integrating child and family therapy skills, as well as the difficulties and benefits of such an approach. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).