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ERIC Number: ED345179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 44
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Paraprofessional Training in Prevention and Intervention in Dysfunctional Families.
Bayer, Darryl Lee
Family therapy is well-acknowledged as an effective mode of psychotherapy. Clinical and empirical data, intervention techniques, and training and supervision issues appear increasingly in psychological, psychiatric, and social work journals. However except for a few community-psychology reports on the use of indigenous workers, little has been written on the training of paraprofessionals, and specifically undergraduate preparation for family-intervention work is not readily available. An applied-psychology major is one response to the scarcity of professional expertise and accessible resources for the education and continuing education of mental health practitioners and paraprofessionals in rural areas or impoverished urban areas. Undergraduate education and training in family therapy prevention and intervention prepares paraprofessionals to work effectively with families in a variety of mental health settings. It is proposed that four family therapy theoretical models be taught: client-centered, psychodynamic, structural, and strategic. Skills are taught and practiced in improving communication, restructuring, and designing and implementing strategic interventions. Education and training are accomplished through coursework, discussion, role-plays, small group work, and videotaping. Student internships during the final academic quarter provide opportunity to work with actual clients, usually as part of therapeutic teams. The nature of supervision varies according to student need, learning situation, model framework, and case complexity. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
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Language: English
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