Would you view yourself as being able to use this approach to connect with a family

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According to Jenny Brown in Bowen Family Systems Theory and Practice: Illustration and Critique (Links to an external site.) (.)

Consider and discuss the following:

-Would you view yourself as being able to use this approach to connect with a family?

-What might be an advantage of this approach?

-Is there any part of the Bowenian therapist role that you foresee might be a struggle for you?

-What do you think about the emphasis on examining and changing issues within the therapists' family of origin?

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5th August 2017


Question 1: Remaining relatively partial emotionally as a therapist would be possible for
me. Family therapy requires a therapist to evaluate individuals, understand them and see their
flaws while working to teach them how to best handle their issues. If at therapist cannot remain
unattached to the parties in a family therapy they are unable to triangulate and cannot proceed
with a Bowenian Therapy. The Bowenian approach is based on the fact that families are
emotional units. While most family therapies seek to reduce the symptoms of their patients,
Bowenian therapy seeks to bring reconciliation and cement relationships between family
The bowenian analysis includes a multi generational framework. Most of his therapeutic
strategies are more cognitive than affective with his approach based mostly on differentiation.
These strategies are used for both nuclear and extended families to study the emotional processes
present. Bowen recommends the use of eight concepts to study emotional pattern for nuclear and
extended families while adding two more for social regression and emotional cutof...

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