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ERIC Number: ED257021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Pages: 14
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The Use of Psychodiagnostic Evaluation in Systems Therapy.
Lusterman, Don-David
If a therapist conceptualizes human behavior systemically, he may process information and devise therapeutic strategies from many different vantage points, ranging from the intrapsychic to the macrosystemic. Although psychodiagnostic examination of the individual has a long history in the field of psychology, and psychodiagnostics can greatly facilitate treatment planning, their utility is seldom considered as an aspect of family treatment. The most frequent systemic criticism of psychological diagnosis is that it may label a patient, keeping the family system stuck on the patient rather than on the need for system changes. It has been argued, however, that at times labeling a patient within the system has beneficial effects, relieving family members of excessive guilt and unwarranted expectations. This paper presents three cases to illustrate the use of psychodiagnostic examination in a systems-oriented therapy; in each instance, the data are shared with the relevant members of the family system, there is a clear rationale for the request for evaluation, and the information gained has significant input into the therapeutic process, going beyond the mere labeling of the patient by diagnostic category and treatment recommendations. (NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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