References American Counseling Association ACA Code of Ethics. The relational systems model for family therapy:
Napier and Carl A. Whitaker, explores the intriguing and complex dynamics among family members and between the therapists and the clients in family therapy. This paper will discuss the general themes found throughout the book and provide personal reflections for each chapter.
However, the therapists insisted that all of the family members played a part in the seemingly individual problems, and stressed the importance of Don attending the session as well. They told the family that Don was the person who was chosen by the entire family to stay at home, so the family did not have to face their issues.
The reason for such a battle for structure was that the family was afraid of exposing their entire world, all the worries, anxieties, histories, and anger.
In this chapter, the authors provide an important concept that it is necessary for all family members to participate in family therapy because regardless their age or personality, they all play a part in the problematic situation.
A Beginning When Don appeared for the first time, the therapists finally could begin their therapy for the Brice. When David talked about their family issues, he focused on Claudia and it seemed that she was the source of all problems.
However, the therapists encouraged Don and Laura to express how they felt about their family disputes and pain, and it appeared that the children were more honest and direct than their parents. During this session, the therapists skillfully shifted the attention from Claudia to the relationship between David and Carolyne Napier and Whitaker, They made known that the fundamental issue was actually deeply rooted in the parents, and Claudia was the one who simply cooperated with her parents to keep their relationship triangle working in an established pattern.
Although the members of this triangle seemed to be tired of endless arguments, they could not help but kept such a pattern going to maximize their conflicts to the point that they needed therapy.
The other issue is that it is common for Asian people to disregard statements from children because they consider children too young to understand things, and children have to show respect toward the authority of their parents and elders.
Next, the authors briefly introduce psychoanalysis and point out fallacious concepts of it. Therefore, when people seek therapy, they need more than their own awareness and insight Napier and Whitaker, From reading this chapter, I could easily feel the stress, fear, and helplessness that Claudia has experienced.
She was the family scapegoat who carried all responsibilities for her family problems. If she continued to undergo personal therapy against her own will, she might actually end up in a psychiatry ward, and the real issue, the marital relationship between her parents, might never be appropriately identified, discussed, and improved.
Next, this chapter helps me understand the limitation of traditional psychoanalysis and the biased views it provides. That is why family therapy has become more and more important. The Concept of the System This chapter explains the concept of the system and family therapy.
Researchers in the s began to discovered that schizophrenic patients were frequently in a situation of double bind, which means they were trapped in two contradictory messages mostly from verbal and non-verbal cues from their mother, and the parents of most schizophrenic patients had prolonged and serious marital problems Napier and Whitaker, In the latter part of this chapter, the authors state that some psychoanalysis-oriented psychiatrists depreciated the notion of counseling the entire family, probably because this has threatened the status of medically controlled psychotherapy Napier and Whitaker, In my country Taiwan, medicine is still the major, frequently the only, treatment for curing all mental problems, and many counselors are still stuggling to get recognition from the medical community that non-medical treatments can also help.
There are more and more psychiatrists opening their own clinics, but I have not heard of any counselor or therapist having her or his own practice, not to mention family therapists. It is still a long way to go for local counselors and therapists here. Initiative In this chapter, the authors explain through their experience with the Brice that it is important for the family to know that they have to take initiative and be willing to work hard, struggle, take actions, and attempt in order to have a successful therapy.
This certainly is not an easy task, and family members would often fall back to the pattern of blaming one another. It is very couragous for the Brice to bring their conflicts and attacks at home to the therapy session.
The Family Crucible, written by Augustus Napier and Carl Whitaker (), exemplifies a fragmented family system. The family consists of David a VIP lawyer, Carolyn an angry mother, Claudia an enraged teenager, Don the year-old peacemaker, and six-year-old Laura.
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