"Introduction & Orientation"
Introduction & Orientation Psy 660 Gary S. Katz, Ph.D. Discussion What do you believe to be the necessary and sufficient conditions for real therapeutic change to occur: A brief but decisive intervention in the family system or long-term exploration of one’s personality? Some argue that changes initiated via family therapy are lasting because change is exerted throughout the entire system – that each family member changes and continues to exert synchronous change on each other. Others assert that long-term, insight-oriented therapy is necessary to prevent the patient’s personality pathology from reasserting itself. Discussion The choice of individual versus family therapy can be based on technical issues (e.g., which approach works best for a given problem – marital conflict, school phobia, alcoholism) or philosophical issues (e.g., what is one’s understanding of human nature and behavior, and the therapist’s role in treatment). How are your own views of therapy shaped by each of these two issues? Class Activity One of the major Linear Causality differences between A→B individual therapy models and family therapy models involves Circular Causality the difference between linear causality and circular causality. A B C Class Activity Generate a list of problems for which you believe families typically enter family therapy. Categorize each problem with respect to locus of the problem using the following scale 1-7 scale: 1 – linear causality 7 – circular causality Class Activity Break up into groups. Brainstorm creative ways to translate linear explanations of the problems into circular (or systemic) explanations. How do you shift family members’ constructions of presenting problems from linear/intrapsychic to system/interpersonal?