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Connecting Systemic Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology

Discuss the three-phase model that Gammer presents, and provide examples that would represent each phase. Explain how moving into the third phase connects with the current perspectives on attachment and brain development and the concepts of self-awareness and well-being.

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(1) Discuss the three-phase model that Gammer presents, and provide examples that would represent each phase.

Gammer introduces a comprehensive systemic model around, structural, strategic and narrative approaches to therapy. She has suggested three phases in which therapeutic sessions are conducted. The phases are: (1) the extension phase, (2) the resolution phase, and (3) the intimacy phase. According to Gammer (2009) the composition of the phases depends on the family's constellation, namely:

(A) The resolution phase lasts 3 to 10 sessions focused on reducing the problem that has brought the family to therapy. The therapist examines the crises, focuses on the trustful work relationship between therapy and family, and upon the strengthening the family's confidence and their ability to change.

(B) The extension phase is concentrated on confronting and consolidating goals, and consists of 3-10 sessions. According to Gammer (2009), if the family has more than one child, the session may be longer. She asserts that by this time the family members have a good idea of how the therapy functions, and are more in touch with their feelings (e.g., desires, sufferings).

(C) The intimacy phase is focused on the adult couple' relationships. A strengthening and deepening of this relationship is sought. More sessions are carried out with adults by themselves. Some are with children and occasionally with extended family members. According to Gammer, ...

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This solution discusses principles of attachment in the context of systemic therapy

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