WEEKLY JOURNAL 4
Family therapy is an essential element in maintaining relationshipsbetween and amongst family members. This module highlights thevarious strategies that a counselor can use to ensure that therelationship between family members is effective and productive.Genograms or family diagrams have also been highly recommended in thereading as they are vital in providing family history and familyrelationships (Nichols, 2013). Genograms have been said to beessential in that they provide critical and wide range of dataregarding the family lineage.
As a counselor, it is essential to apply the various strategiesdiscussed in these chapters for family therapy. It is essential tofocus on the various ways of resolving relationship problems amongstthe family members (Goldenberg, 2013). The chapters also highlightthat a counselor should focus on the issues affecting therelationships between members of the family rather than issuesaffecting a single member (Nichols, 2013). Additionally, it is vitalfor a counselor to apply the contents of a Genograms in trying tohelp a patient. The family history and information is extremely vitalin guiding a patient. It helps the counselor to gather informationregarding the relationships between the family members and it canhelp in providing the necessary guidance.
The topics have provided critical insights into the various elementsof family therapy. It is notable that family therapy involves findingthe solutions to issues affecting relationships and not finding thecauses (Minuchin & Fishman, 2012). Family therapy should alsofocus on all the family members or some of the family members. Thestrategic family therapy is also essential for counselors as it makesthe therapists to initiate and direct therapy. In other words, thetherapist or the counselor is in full control of the therapy session(Nichols, 2013). The information in the readings has providedcritical insights that have changed my thinking regarding familytherapy to a great extent. To start with, it is clear that familytherapy is different from individual therapy and it requires astrategic approach. It is also clear that family relationshipshistory is essential in providing therapy (Gil, 2010).
Nichols, M. P. (2013). Family therapy: Concepts and methods.Boston: Pearson.
Minuchin, S., & Fishman, H. C. (2012). Family therapytechniques. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.
Goldenberg, I. (2013). Family therapy: An overview.Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.
Gil, E. (2010). Play in family therapy. New York:Guilford Press.