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#7 A process oriented model to working with couples and families
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Joseph Zinker and Sonia Nevis have developed a model of working with couples, based on a Gestalt approach, and incorporating systemic principles.
The model is elegant, effective, and relatively easy to learn. It can be applied immediately by professionals experienced in the field of couples and family work.
A number of general themes and approaches underlie the model:
The model itself involves five steps and three stages of interventions. It utilises a positive psychology approach, and begins in a way which is competency-based, and de-shaming of the couple/family system.
This approach requires a skilful mindset, and a willingness and ability to look for functionality in the midst of dysfunction.
The careful attention to boundaries of the couples/family system is reminiscent of the one-way mirror model, though this is achieved without a team/supervisor providing support for staying at the boundary of the system.
The interventions dove tail into each other in a way which adds power to the behavioural component of the process.
One of the components of working successfully with systems is the balance between strong intervention, and lack of therapist investment in the outcome. To be able to reject the role of change agent - although that is the premise of the couple or family - is an important attitude and skill which will be addressed.
Another capacity required is to see the system itself, rather than the individuals in it. This requires both a mindset and a particular type of therapeutic skill.
A range of Gestalt theory underpins the model, and will be articulated. This includes the Awareness Cycle, a way of tracking the arising of themes in a couple/family system, and their movement into successful completion. It is in the places where this movement is blocked that the system needs support, and the therapist can intervene. The identified stages of the cycle are sensation/awareness-figure formation/mobilisation of energy/choice/action/contact/satisfaction-fulfilment/withdrawal.
Other areas which will be covered include
As time permits, and questions arise, other aspects of theory will also be addressed.
The seminar is oriented towards a skill based learning of the model, and participants can expect to come away with the ground to apply the model in their work.
By the conclusion of this seminar participants will be able to:
How will participants benefit from attending this seminar?