Although structural therapy and strategic therapy are both used in family therapy, these therapeutic approaches have many differences in theory and application.

Assignment: Structural Versus Strategic Family Therapies

Although structural therapy and strategic therapy are both used in family therapy, these therapeutic approaches have many differences in theory and application. As you assess families and develop treatment plans, you must consider these differences and their potential impact on clients. For this Assignment, as you compare structural and strategic family therapy, consider which therapeutic approach you might use with your own client families.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

· Compare structural family therapy to strategic family therapy

· Create structural family maps

· Justify recommendations for family therapy

To prepare:

· Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the insights they provide on structural and strategic family therapies.

· Refer to TherapistAid (2020) in this week’s Learning Resources for guidance on creating a structural family maps.

The Assignment

In a 2- to 3-page paper, address the following:

· Summarize the key points of both structural family therapy and strategic family therapy.

· Compare structural family therapy to strategic family therapy, noting the strengths and weaknesses of each.

· Provide an example of a family in your practicum using a structural family map. Note: Be sure to maintain HIPAA regulations.

· Recommend a specific therapy for the family, and justify your choice using the Learning Resources.

Note: The College of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. 

Required Readings ( Need 3 references).

McNeil, S. N., Herschberger, J. K., & Nedela, M. N. (2013). Low-income families with potential adolescent gang involvement: A structural community family therapy integration model. American Journal of Family Therapy, 41(2), 110-120. doi:10.1080/01926187.2011.649110

Méndez, N. A., Qureshi, M. E., Carnerio, R., & Hort, F. (2014). The intersection of Facebook and structural family therapy volume 1. American Journal of Family Therapy, 42(2), 167-174.  doi:10.1080/01926187.2013.794046 

Nichols, M., & Davis, S. D. (2020). The essentials of family therapy (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

  • Chapter 4, “Bowen Family      Systems Therapy” (pp. 56-71)
  • Chapter 5, “Strategic Family      Therapy” (pp. 72-88)
  • Chapter 6, “Structural Family Therapy” (pp.      89-104

Nichols, M., & Tafuri, S. (2013). Techniques of structural family assessment: A qualitative analysis of how experts promote a systemic perspective. Family Process, 52(2), 207-215. doi:10.1111/famp.12025

Ryan, W. J., Conti, R. P., & Simon, G. M. (2013). Presupposition compatibility facilitates treatment fidelity in therapists learning structural family therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy, 41(5), 403-414. doi:10.1080/01926187.2012.727673 

Sheehan, A. H., & Friedlander, M. L. (2015). Therapeutic alliance and retention in brief strategic family therapy: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41(4), 415-427. doi:10.1111/jmft.12113

​Szapocznik, J., Muir, J. A., Duff, J. H., Schwartz, S. J., & Brown, C. H. (2015). Brief strategic family therapy: Implementing evidence-based models in community settings. Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, 25(1), 121-133. doi:10.1080/10503307.2013.856044

TherapistAid. (2020). Genograms for psychotherapy. Retrieved from https://www.therapistaid.com/therapy-guide/genograms

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