Structural family therapy, in this early assessment sessions, will consider where there are patterns of disengagement or enmeshment with Tobias, Lindsay, and Maeby and will attend to how, when, and to whom each family member relates (Call, 2018).One tool this therapist might use in assessment is asking Maeby “what her parents do that might provoke a certain response from them” (Nichols, 2017, p. The therapist, like family therapists of other modalities, is seeking to locate the Fünke’s pain and find what’s missing (Call, 2018).The Fünkes Structural Family Therapist would encourage the family to enact their communication problems in session rather than reporting on what happened between sessions.For example, Maeby who has found lying to be an adaptive coping skill in her family might lie in session to her family or therapist.Many families that are struggling will identify one person as “the issue.” Having one person to care for (or rage against) soothes the family by allowing them to create a place where they can locate their pain.When the family locates their problem in this “identified patient,” the sense of helplessness is eased as the family bonds through working to “fix” the person who supposedly is causing problems within the family.What follows is the text from a Case Study in Structural Family Systems Therapy addressing the conceptualization of Tobias, Lindsay, and Maeby Fünke (From Arrested Development) if they arrived in therapy when Maeby was in mid-adolescence.
Using the feedback loop previously discussed, this modality aims to change problem behaviors not by direct action upon the behavior, but by changing the feedback loop that is causing and/or reinforcing the behavior.This has been made a terrifying prospect and has been made to constitute a major threat to masculine identity.The Postmodern Approach doesn’t make room for focusing on problems.Role of Therapist In the Fünke’s therapy, their therapist would be an active participate in their family system during sessions (Call, 2018). Conclusion The Fünke’s family is a stressed system with a structure and relational patterns that reinforce their daughter’s truancy and lying, strain the marriage, and make it increasingly difficult for Tobias and Lindsey to move towards one another in intimacy. Lecture delivered for Family Systems at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, Seattle, WA Mc Mahon, R. Vetere (2001) states, “Structural therapy posits that for therapy to be effective, the therapist needs to form a new system with the family group” (p. The Fünke’s therapist would offer support for what is going well within the family and creating changes that are manageable to attempt within the stressed system. This paper has tracked how Structural Family Therapy would conceptualize the treatment of the Fünkes through assessment, systemic issues, and goals of therapy, the expected progression of the therapeutic process and the unique role of the therapist in this modality. Part 1: Assessment As the Fünkes begin work with their structural family therapist, their therapist will be evaluating both the content and the context of the problems reported.