ERIC Number: ED290980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov-20
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Toward an Integrative Approach to Assessment and Treatment Planning in Family Therapy.
Olsen, David C.
The rapid increase in literature and modalities of family therapy has made it difficult for counselors working with families to find an integrative approach to assessment and treatment planning. As a result, many counselors move from one paradigm to another without attempting to integrate approaches. This paper attempts to integrate five paradigms of family therapy which focus on five aspects that are part of all family functioning: (1) interactional theory; (2) structural theory; (3) multigenerational theory; (4) developmental theory; and (5) existential theory. The key ideas of each theory are outlined. Implications for assessment and treatment planning using all five theories are explored. The paper describes assessment in an integrative model which focuses on the basic structural configuration of the family (structural); levels of differentiation from family of origin (multigenerational); the developmental point of the family (developmental); charting counterproductive interactional sequences (interactional); and the type of meaning system or ideology the family has (existential). Again using the five theories, treatment goals are discussed which focus on structural realignment, helping spouses achieve greater differentiation of self, building of productive communication skills, education on developmental themes, and working with existential themes. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the New York State Association for Counseling and Development (22nd, Buffalo, NY, October 25-27, 1987).