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Family and Couple Therapy

To what extent do you view marital or couple therapy as distinct from, or as a subset of, family therapy? What aspects or components of therapy do you feel apply to both couple and family therapy, and what aspects seem distinct between the two? Please explain your views.

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(1) To what extent do you view marital or couple therapy as distinct from, or as a subset of, family therapy?

Family System therapy as a counseling treatment model is focused on the entire family viewed as a functioning unit in the therapeutic process. Thus, as Archer & McCarthy (2007) explain, families have subsystems, and within these subsystems there must be rules. Moreover, families have different roles to play and different levels of power in different subsystems. Thus, based upon these roles subsystems are formed according to skills, and functions and allow the family to carry out in various functions. Treatment methods are focused on longer term family processes that can have decisive effects on outcomes. The structure of the therapy is that several individuals are treated as a functioning family unit.

Couple therapy is focused on solving problems in a relationship. The therapeutic process is a means of resolving conflicts that couples cannot handle effectively. Based on clinical experience the view is ...

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This solution discusses family and couple counseling relative to similarities and distinct differences.

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