Weekly Journal



Themain points contained in the weekly readings is that poorcommunication and failure of parents to embrace their appropriateroles in a family structure leads to dysfunctional families. However,family therapists can solve disputes in a family through ‘joining’a dysfunctional family and then observing the way family membersinteract (Calvert,2008).This way, they can identify the loopholes are tearing apart a family.They then propose practical ways to solve the differences, as well asmake the families functional (Minuchin, 1974).

Consideringmy skills as a counselor, I can apply the content in this thesereadings through observing everyone in a family to identify potentialcauses of dysfunctional families. Once I identify the issues, I wouldinform the clients their problems and possible ways they can overcomethe issues. For example, I would advise a disengaged father thestrategies they can overcome the problem (Calvert,2008).Similarly, I would educate an enmeshed mother on the ways to overcomethe unhealthy emotions and relationship. However, I would let thefamily choose the dispute resolution they would like to follow ascounselors have no mandate to dictate treatment programs they shouldadopt (Nichols, 2012).

Accordingto the readings, appropriate family structure is essential for afamily to develop healthy emotional relationships. For example, afather should allocate time to interact with his children.Furthermore, communication is an effective strategy for solvingcommon family disputes (Minuchin, 1974).

Duringthe class discussion, I discovered that students can predict the typeof parent they would be in the future depending on their presentbehaviors. For example, boys that dedicate most of their time toreading on expense of other things that might give them happiness arelikely to become disengaged fathers (Nichols, 2012). Similarly, theclass discussion helped me understand that efficient communication isa valuable ingredient to maintaining a functional family.


Minuchin,S. (1974). Families&amp family therapy.Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Nichols,M. P. (2012). Familytherapy: Concepts and methods (10th ed.).Boston: Pearson.

Calvert,C.A. (2008). StructuralFamily Therapy as a Treatment Modality to Decrease DepressiveSymptoms for Women Suffering from Postpartum Depression and ImproveFamily Functioning.ProQuest.