ERIC Number: ED278895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug-24
Reference Count: 0
Rigidity in Protecting Professional Orientation: Impact on Family Psychology.
Gottsegen, Gloria B.
There seems to be a preoccupation with "the family" today, and a current competition for the role of Family Saviour within the helping professions. Practitioners are much more conscious about protecting their territory from infringement by competitors in the current funding situation of human services. Overlapping professionals doing variations on the family therapy theme include family therapists, social workers, pastoral counselors, etc. Since psychology is an amalgram of art and science, the question arises of whether there is room for conceptual certainty or rigidity on the part of family practitioners. The need on the part of working professionals to defend their domain in the therapy session works to the detriment of the family. Expressions of this defensive posture are manifested by structural rigidities which predetermine therapist responses; a blindness to client data which would require an unorthodox response; or in-session therapist resistance. Psychotherapy should be formulated to meet the uniqueness of the family's needs, rather than tailoring the family to fit a hypothetical theory of human behavior. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (94th, Washington, DC, August 22-26, 1986).