In clinical work, the “I” of the individual is inseparable from the “we” of context. Salvador Minuchin’s Structural Family Therapy (SFT) is built on understanding each family’s unique intimate ecology. The therapists’ use of self and the continuous evolution of craft are intertwined. They’re the means toward each family’s transformative experience and the therapist’s growth as a practitioner. In this workshop, the practical application of SFT techniques will illuminate how patterns that have maintained the partiality of symptomatic behavior can be respectfully challenged to tap both the family members’ and the therapist’s underutilized strengths as a shared path forward. Discover how to:
- Incorporate the three elements of effective SFT therapy—the shape of the family, the person of the therapist, and the technique
- Strengthen your differential use of self and awareness of your therapeutic strengths and vulnerabilities
- Track family members’ conversations and interactions to create a structural “map” of the family to guide interventions.
- Create effective enactments between family members
Jay Lappin, MSW, LCSW, is a family and couples therapist as well as board member emeritus and senior faculty at the Minuchin Center for the Family.