ERIC Number: ED217306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
From Systemic Conception to Working Model: Translating Principles into Practice.
Glenn, Christine G.; And Others
This paper focuses on the systems approach in family therapy and attempts to further the development of this approach by defining its assumptions and delineating the relationship between the assumptions and their operationalization in assessment and therapy. The first section identifies two basic assumptions of a systemic approach, i.e., that the unit of analysis is the system in which behaviors identified as problems occur, and that all systems operate under a set of implicit rules. The second section outlines three operational corollaries of these assumptions which explain how the underlying assumptions may be translated into systemic assessment and practice, i.e.,: (1) the family should be assessed as a unit and intervention should be planned to impact on the system; (2) recurring behavioral patterns or loops should be identified and used to identify therapy goals; and (3) the system members' conceptualizations of themselves, the problem, and therapy should be assessed and used to frame or present interventions. The final section identifies unresolved issues and possible future directions. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981). For related document, see CG 015 913.