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Designing a Systemic Intervention

Using one of the major systemic theories that you are familiar with, and one of the techniques from the Gammer text, design a systemic intervention and describe it in this discussion post. Your intervention should be:

Child-friendly and creative.
Developmentally appropriate.
Culturally appropriate.
Carried out in a way that is consistent with the theory.

How would your intervention change if the client family involved a child who was diagnosed with autism or Asperger's disorder? Use the Web sites in the Resources to provide yourself with research and current information to support your recommendations for the differentiated interventions needed for effective counseling with family members who have exceptional abilities.

Web site Resources:
http://www.autism-help.org/
http://www.aspergers.com/
http://www.usautism.org/

Gammer, C. (2009). The child's voice in family therapy: A systemic perspective. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Co. ISBN: 9780393705416.

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Designing a Systemic Intervention

(1) Using one of the major systemic theories that you are familiar with, and one of the techniques from the Gammer text, design a systemic intervention and describe it in this discussion post.

In designing your systemic intervention, one particular tool that would be appropriate reflecting Gammer's text is Solution-focused therapy (SFT). The key concepts in a SFT intervention include the familial components such as those in Gammer's textual approach such as: (a) solutions not focused primarily on the problem and (b) the processes have a future orientation. For instance, the focus is on strengthening the family system to arrive at change. The client and/or family understands that not everything is negative, and there should be a willingness to change. The strengths of the SFT model as in Gammer's approach are identified through the interactions and contexts when the problematic behaviors are not occurring (not focusing on the problems).

Research points to the effectiveness of SFBT with children and families. It is viewed as a strengths-based therapeutic approach, emphasizing resources that people already possess, and can be applied to a positive change process (Conoley et al., 2013). In the same way, the model presented by Gammer (2013) is based on including the child in the therapeutic process in efforts to build a relationship between the therapist and the child. The primary focus of Gammer's analysis of an effective intervention is one that it is family-oriented with the need for children to be included in the therapeutic process. How many sessions the child attends is up to the ...

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