Week 6 Assignment: Reflect on the Contextual Family Therapy Model

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For this assignment, you will write a reflection paper that includes a summary of the constructs from the Contextual Family Therapy model and an application of those concepts to your own (or another person’s if this is too difficult) family of origin.

Include the following in the model summary:

  1. The major assumptions for change in the contextual approach.
  2. Use your own words to identify, define, and describe the major concepts of the contextual approach.
  3. Address what makes this approach different from some of the other MFT approaches you have studied.
  4. Address what makes it a systems-based approach to treatment.

Include the following in your application of this model to your family of origin:

  1. The important family legacies that are a part of your family of origin
  2. The intergenerational transmission of the family culture
  3. The invisible loyalties that exist in your family of origin
  4. How justice has been applied in your family of origin
  5. How these have impacted your development and that of any siblings, including how you/they exited (grew up) the family of origin
  6. How these concepts, if at all, influence your current life

Length: 5-7 pages

Your reflection 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.


References: Attached documents

Gehart, D. R. (2014) Mastering competencies in family therapy

Goldenthal, P. (2005). Helping children and families: A new treatment model integrating psychodynamic, behavioral, and contextual approaches
http://site.ebrary.com/lib/ncent/docDetail.action?docID=10114214%20

Fowers, B.J., & Wenger, A. (1997). Are trustworthiness and fairness enough? Contextual family therapy and the good family.
http://search.proquest.com.proxy1.ncu.edu/docview/220973487?accountid=28180

Gangamma, R., Bartle-Haring, S., & Glebova, T. (2012). A study of Contextual Therapy Theory's relational ethics in couples in therapy.
http://proxy1.ncu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ofs&AN=83350076&site=eds-live

Mauldin, G.R., & Anderson, W.T. (1998). Forgiveness as an intervention in contextual family therapy: Two case examples.
http://search.proquest.com.proxy1.ncu.edu/docview/212437232?accountid=28180


remastered in 2009, features Ivan Boszmormenyi-Nagy conducting a

live, unedited therapy session with a family. The featured family

includes four generations consisting of a delinquent adolescent, his

chronically psychotic mother, grandparents and great-grandmother. Nagy’s

model employs multidirected partiality, which includes discussing and

acknowledging everyone’s positive contributions to counter their

mistrust, blaming and self-defeating invisible loyalties.



  • Therapist Intro: Ivan Boszmormenyi-Nagy’s (1920-2007) focus on both the issues within the family system and how that system relates to society left a lasting impression on the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. As one of the field’s “Masters,” Nagy called therapists to focus on fairness in families and was best known for developing the contextual approach to family therapy. Trust, loyalty, and mutual support were the focal points of his work.
  • Video Link Part 1: http://www.viddler.com/v/47253224

    Video Link Part 2: http://www.viddler.com/v/b0b6a337

    Video Link Part 3: http://www.viddler.com/v/b51a7cda

    NOTE: Please use this password – NCU123 – to access the videos.

    Instructions regarding AATBS materials, the readings listed below will be found in the following volumes:




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