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The Value of Systemic Approaches

Pretend that you are teaching a course on working with children in a clinical setting.

•Present a rationale to your students for assessing and treating problems through a systemic lens.
•Provide an example of what you might miss by working only individually with a child.
•Describe circumstances under which you might choose to see caregivers or parents apart from the child, and explain your reasons.

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The Value of Systemic Approaches

Pretend that you are teaching a course on working with children in a clinical setting.

(1) Present a rationale to your students for assessing and treating problems through a systemic lens.

A systemic lens allow the individual to be treated from the perspective of the family as a single functioning unit in the therapeutic process. Based on this process, the therapist seeks to understand how individuals function in relation to one other. For example, the role of the Family system therapist seeks to create an environment by which all members of the family feel secure in the intervention process. Based on the family system's perspective, the therapist adheres to the view that family problems occur when the family structure can no longer be accommodated when there is change in the family. Based on family system therapy, each member has certain tasks and/or rules to follow, and at the same time maintain an individual differentiation.

For example, as Archer and McCarthy (2007) explain, boundaries in the family need to be clear enough so that each member understand his or her role. In addition, ...

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This solution discusses Family system Therapy within the context of teaching children,

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