Structural Family and Couples Psychotherapy

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Madeleine Cocozza lectures on Structural Family and Couples Psychotherapy

Structural Therapy

The purpose of the lecture is to introduce and deepen the understanding of structural family psychotherapy. The following themes are covered in the lecture:

  • Family System
  • The three subsystems and their function in the family
  • Various functions of the couple subsystem and how a structural therapist works and analyzes them.
  • Parenting team
  • Sibling system
  • 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

Couples Psychotherapy

  • Brief history
  • 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