Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)
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( brief psychotherapy )
This therapeutic procedure developed from the implications of systems theory concepts. An understanding of second-order change has shown that the structure of a system is capable of discontinuous and erratic change. Brief therapy aims at removing the barriers to the development and adaptability of family systems (coevolution) and reinstating the family's potential for self-organization.