ERIC Number: ED350526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-15
Reference Count: N/A
Basic Techniques in Marriage and Family Counseling and Therapy. ERIC Digest.
Smith, Robert L.; Stevens-Smith, Patricia
Counselors working in the areas of marriage and family counseling and therapy are expected to work effectively with couples and families experiencing a variety of issues and problems. Structural, strategic, and transgenerational family therapists may seem to be operating in similar manners, and it appears that many practicing family therapists go beyond the limited number of techniques usually associated with a single theoretical position. A variety of counseling techniques are available to help the family therapist mobilize the family and promote change. Examples of techniques that family therapists practice include the genogram; the family floor plans; reframing; tracking; communication skill-building techniques; family sculpting; the use of family photographs; helping families set aside special days, mini-vacations, or special outings; the empty chair technique; family choreography; family council meetings; strategic alliances; prescribing indecision; and putting the client in control of the symptom. Counselors can take these techniques and customize them according to the presenting problems they are handling. Creative judgment and personalization of application are encouraged. (NB)
ERIC/CAPS, 2108 School of Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Personnel Services, Ann Arbor, MI.