By Salvador Minuchin
A grasp of relatives treatment, Salvador Minuchin, lines for the 1st time the minute operations of daily perform. Dr. Minuchin has completed renown for his theoretical breakthroughs and his luck at remedy. Now he explains in shut element these targeted and tough maneuvers that represent his artwork. The booklet hence codifies the strategy of 1 of the country's such a lot winning practitioners.
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This is contrary to an approach used with families of school-age and older children, where the therapist would start by establishing contact with the executive subsystem. In families with preschoolers, it is possible for the therapist to contact the family in a playful, nonverbal language. This strategy intro- 40 Family Therapy Techniques duces a relaxation, because the therapist presents himself as an authority who plays with children and contacts the adults as parents. DISENGAGED POSITION The therapist can also join with a family from a disengaged position.
These patterns will be significant as they move into extrafamilial peer groups, the classroom system, and later the world of work. In large families the siblings organize themselves in a variety of subsystems according to developmental stages. It is important for the therapist to speak the language of different developmental stages and to be familiar with their different resources and needs. It is useful to create in the sibling context scenarios for the exercise of skills of conflict resolution in a number of areas, such as autonomy, competition, and competence, which may later be practiced in extrafamilial subsystems.
Joining is the glue that holds the therapeutic system together. How does a therapist join a family? Like the family members, the therapist is "more human than otherwise," in Harry Stack Sullivan's phrase. 6 Somewhere inside, he has resonating chords that can respond to any human frequency. In forming the therapeutic system, aspects of himself that facilitate the building of common ground with the family members will be elicited. And the therapist will deliberately activate self-segments that are congruent with the family.