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Case Study: Lowndes Family Counseling

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-Describe the dynamics of the Lowndes family from this case study using the understanding of family pathology offered by the Milan Systemic Therapy model

-Identify three techniques that you might use in counseling the Lowndes family based on the approach of this particular therapy model. Explain why you would use each technique and what you would hope to achieve through doing so.

-Identify strengths and limitations of this therapy model as applied to the Lowndes family case.

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(1) Describe the dynamics of the Lowndes family from this case study using the understanding of family pathology offered by the Milan Systemic Therapy model.

Based on traditional models of family therapy, the therapist seeks to understand how individuals function in relation to each other. For example, the Family System approach will help to facilitate awareness of emerging problems that contributes to a particular emotional problem. Milan Family Therapy was introduced (Batesman & Watzlawick, 1974 as cited in Campbell, 1999) for observing patterns of family interaction and techniques for making therapeutic interventions.

As it relates to the Lowndes family, Lisa has indicated that her husband's absence from the family has caused discord in the family, which has caused further problems with the children. Based on the Milan approach pathological behaviors are stated to be the result of being isolated or vilified in power struggles within the family. Thus, the therapist would be ...

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This solution discusses a case study from the perspective of Milan Family System Therapy.

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