After reading the assigned articles, you have two options to complete the assignment:
Write the answers to the questions (see below) in a Word document, and then submit your answers to your instructor.
Take some notes regarding the items below, and then schedule a Skype conversation with your instructor to discuss your ideas and provide examples of the identified concepts. Contact your instructor via email, as early as possible in the week to inform her or him regarding how you would like to complete this activity. If you chose the second option, be sure to schedule the meeting with your instructor before the due date, Sunday by 11:59 p.m. (AZ time).
Briefly summarize the history of the profession: please address specific milestones in the profession. You can use the timeline (e.g., 60s, 70s, 80s) to organize your presentation or organize your presentation around several key names and events in the profession (e.g., names of prominent figures in the field).
Provide an original example (based on nature, a family, a community, etc.,) illustrating what systems thinkers mean when they talk about ‘homeostasis’ (Chabot, 175), and an ‘identified patient’ (Chabot, 175)
Provide an original example (based on nature, a family, a community, etc.,) illustrating what systems thinkers mean when they talk about first-order change and second-order change (Chabot, 176-177)
Provide a meaningful and clear original example illustrating what it means when systems theorists state that a group is more than the sum of its parts (referred to by Chabot on page 180)
Provide a meaningful and clear original example that illustrates any systemic concept that was touched upon in these readings
We are looking to assess your understanding of the history of the MFT profession and your beginning understanding of some basic systemic concepts. So approach this activity as if you were trying to explain this to someone who has no understanding of systems and is requesting your help.
Length: 2-3 pages
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University's Academic Integrity Policy.
Chabot, D. R. (2011). Family systems theories of psychotherapy. In J. C. Norcross, G. R. VandenBos, D. K. Freedheim, J. C. Norcross, G. R. VandenBos, D. K. Freedheim (Eds.), History of psychotherapy: Continuity and change (2nd ed.) 173-202.
Rambo, A. H., & Green, S. (2005, Sept./Oct.). MFTs and Models: Some historical reflections.
AAMFT On-line Application Process. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Aronson, D. Introduction to Systems Thinking.