Strategic Family Therapy

Strategic Family Therapy


StrategicFamily Therapy

StrategicFamily Therapy for Kids having Dysfunctional Behavior

StrategicTherapy is any form of therapy where the therapist initiates whattranspires during the therapy and formulates a specific approach foreach problem (Broderick &amp Weston,2009). In this light, a strategic therapistactively takes part and is responsible for assisting clients changetheir lives. (Broderick &amp Weston, 2009)states that there are five key stages that strategic therapistsemploy: establishing the problem, setting goals, formulatinginterventions to attain set goals, observing the responses andexamining the results of the therapy. Strategic family therapycoalesces a strategic approach to searching for a constructive formof change for clients within the individual’s immediate socialcontext, in this case the family. Family therapist imitates familyrelations and tête-à-tête, prompting and engage partakers withstimulating pondering and questions (Broderick&amp Weston, 2009).

Atherapist engineers a situation so that the kid can become consciousof the fact that they are socially impaired. The therapist alsoinvents ways to uncover the family strengths and capabilities atsolving its own problem, realizing the internal resources that maynot have been aware of but that members possess (Golden,2013). Therapists do not cogitate about thenormative pattern to evaluate the health of the family. The focus ison the faculty cycles of relations that are normally set into motionby injudicious efforts to decipher problems. Change is occasioned bydesigning patent objectives that aim to change communication andrelations processes within the family (Golden, 2013).Problems are not perceived as having linear causes, rather behaviorin viewed as one point in a repetitive pattern. Strategic familytherapy views the dysfunctional in a kid as the family’s abortiveshot at a solution. The therapist’s makes out that unsuccessfulendeavor aggravates the problem and formulates a successful solutionusing inventive problem solving strategies such as positioning,reframing prescribing symptom and restraining (Golden, 2013).

Themost important element in this form of therapy is the fact thatsymptoms of dysfunctional behavior are studies in respect to thefamily unit, focus of the therapy is not on the child but on thefamily structure and situation, and the objectives of the therapy isto attain the family goals and ultimately change a child’sdysfunctional behavior (Broderick &ampWeston, 2009).


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