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strategic therapy

This directive form of therapy is consistent with the principles of cybernetics. Family problems are seen as being the expression of dysfunctional organizational patterns such as blurred generational boundaries, the pathological formation of triangles (triangulation), confusions in the family hierarchy, as well as disturbances of adaptation in the context of the family life cycle. The therapist begins by negotiating the goals of therapy with the family and then proceeds to develop a strategy for achieving these goals.

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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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