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Madeleine Cocozza lectures on Structural Family and Couples Psychotherapy
The purpose of the lecture is to introduce and deepen the understanding of structural family psychotherapy. The following themes are covered in the lecture:
The three subsystems and their function in the family
Various functions of the couple subsystem and how a structural therapist works and analyzes them.
The design and significance of boundaries in the family system
Rigid triangles and how they affect a child’s mental health
Relationships with the family of origin
Different family cultures
Various therapeutic distances
Family counseling and couples psychotherapy – the differences
Assessment of a couple’s relationship
Functions in the couple system and how a therapist works with the different dimensions: Erotic relationship (the love triangle, qualified partnership) the difference between two types of love within the framework of the couple system and helping the couple find the right balance. Techniques for assessing the couple relationship (dormant, dried up, dead) Project management; what should be managed (the family’s food circle; who leads it? Different leadership styles. The parenting team and how it can affect the couple relationship.
The smallest atom’s influence in the family; the individual and their own pot.
When is couples therapy not possible?
The divorce process; how to work with it?
The therapeutic space and the couples psychotherapist in couples psychotherapy
Myths about couple relationships and how they affect a couple’s life