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Evaluates, compares and contrasts therapeutic approaches that are used in couples psychotherapy.Evaluates, compares and contrasts, with remarkable thoroughness, the therapeutic approaches that are used in couples psychotherapy.

I need help in expanding each therapy treatment with the following criteria. I don't need the attachment to be edited I just need more in depth information using the information provided.

Communicates in written presentations that are exceptionally concise, balanced, and logically organized; successfully implement APA style with no errors.

Evaluates theory and research in family psychology on dyadic relationships for cultural appropriateness.

Develops and describes in detail a therapeutic intervention plan for a critical issue facing a couple or family.

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The integrated approach suggested for this couple includes: Brief Strategic Family therapy (BSFT, Haley, 1991) and the Intergenerational Family System approach (Bowen, 19554). Both are comparatively similar as both therapies are grounded in the family theory where the view is held that what one member of the family does affects another.
From a dissimilar perspective, BFST is focused on the behavior of family or its members concerning a particular. For instance the objective to get family members to see and find new ways of interacting with one another
The key in the Intergenerational Family System approach be used to explore the developmental process of the family during various life stages. For example, relative to Robert and Sophia-he has an issue with a drinking problem; and Sophia has a history of sexual abuse. It would be interesting to discover in therapy whether, or not these are patterns that have been handed down to the couple that could impact their relationship. As Capuzzi & Gross (2007), note genograms is a way of charting family development through a life cycle of generations, and can be useful when focused on communication and relationship markers such as marriages. Based on the Intergenerational Family System Model, according to Bowen, 1978 as cited in Archer & McCarthy, 2007), all humans have the need for "differentiation" (finding the independent self). Thus, he suggested the process of triangulation" that 'when a dyadic' relationship becomes too stressful and a third person is involved in a way of diffusing the tension" (Archer & McCarthy, 2007, p. 359). The first treatment plan discussed is based on the Family System Model.
(1) Intergenerational Family System Treatment Approach

• Family System is employed for every member (subsystems) within a family unit. Often a family's overall problem present a number of symptoms and adjustment issues; and risk for the larger family.
• Murray Bowen (1978 in Bartle-Haring, Lal & Probst, 2004) developed a theoretical framework to describe and depict the functioning of people within emotional systems He held that subsystems within the family provide anxiety to a negative family system by ...

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Couples in Family Psychology

Discuss the selected psychological theories in terms of explaining the psychological underpinnings of each theory.
Trace the evolution of each theory, relating briefly the phases, if any, each theory has undergone over time.
Critical analysis: Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses or benefits and liabilities of utilizing each of the selected therapeutic approaches through support of appropriate sources.
Identify how the scenario selected can be affected by divergent cultures factors.
Part 3 - Application of therapeutic approach: Propose an intervention plan to solving the hypothetical therapy scenario or crisis. Utilizing the selected therapeutic approach, develop a therapeutic intervention plan for the selected scenario.
What issues would you focus on?
What specifically would be the role of the therapist?
What stance would the therapist take with the couple?
What would be the specific goal of the couples therapy?
What assessment and treatment plan would you develop as the therapist, based on the selected therapeutic approach, to assist the couple in the selected scenario?
Conclusion: Summarize and draw conclusions from your discussion. Tie all aspects together and provide the reader with some final thought to consider.

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Fife et al. (2013), states that when briefly discussing the strengths and weaknesses of an
approach for treating couples who are struggling with an extramarital affair, the cognitive-
behavioral approach has many inherent strengths. In fact, it can help to foster the process of
healing for couples in therapy. It can also be used to restore trust as the couple works through
the process of forgiveness after infidelity. Mistrust seems to characterize the crisis and the
stages to rebuild consist of four unifying factors, as one source reiterates(Fife,S.R., et al., 2013).

Penn et so. (1997), pinpoint how ͞empathy, humility, commitment and apology͟ (343) are
critical stages. Regarding interventions, establishing boundaries is a major intervention to
rectify the loss of trust. Interventions to enhance both partners' sense of safety and security
can help to use communication as an intervention. The author states that It is also heralded as
quite beneficial in promoting both healing and attachment security after infidelity, as one
source recommends.

Atkins et al. (2005), states that As far as weaknesses, some authors claim that this approach
fails to take culture into account. Experts also criticize that this type can be focus too intently
on the transgressions and not validate both parties' needs as it might target the cheating more
predominantly instead of trying to uncover the root causes and ways to resolve.
For example, one source claims that lack of empirical evidence seems to cloud this model's
usage. The authors advise how little research supports its use with this type of therapeutic


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couple therapy: Optimism in the face of betrayal. Journal Of Consulting And Clinical Psychology,
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Fife, S. T., Weeks, G. R., & Stellberg-Filbert, J. (2013). Facilitating forgiveness in the treatment of
infidelity: an interpersonal model. Journal Of Family Therapy, 35(4), 343-367.

Penn, C. D., Hernádez, S. L., & Bermúdez, J. M. (1997). USING A CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
TO UNDERSTAND INFIDELITY IN COUPLES THERAPY. American Journal Of Family Therapy, 25(2),

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