During this quarter, you have learned about many important models of family therapy. These family therapy models, or schools, represent lenses through which we view and make meaning of clients’ lives and the challenges that they are experiencing within the context of their relationships. You have also learned a little about modernism and postmodernism and how these philosophical approaches impact our understandings of how therapeutic change happens and the stance and role of family therapists in the therapy room.
For this assignment, write an 8–10 page paper that summarizes the major concepts, the theory of change, and the stance and role of the therapist for one modernist and one postmodernist family therapy model. You should compare and contrast their theories of change and how the therapist positions herself or himself in relation to the clients, and summarize the significant differences between the modernist and postmodernist theories you chose in your conclusion.
- Modernist family therapy theories to choose from: structural, strategic, Bowenian or intergenerational, Virginia Satir’s experiential family therapy, and Carl Whitaker’s symbolic experiential therapy.
- Postmodernist family therapy theories to choose from: Narrative therapy (Michael White, David Epston, Stephen Madigan), solution-focused therapy (Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg, Bill O’Hanlon), Harlene Anderson’s collaborative language therapy.
Use the Model Comparison Template linked in Resources to guide your work and organize your information properly. Be sure to delete any contextual information that is already on the template as you work.
In your paper, be sure to address the following:
- Define relevant concepts of one modernist and one postmodernist family therapy theory.
- Analyze the historical impact of modernist and postmodernist family therapy theorists associated with the chosen models.
- Articulate how one modernist and one postmodernist family therapy theory affect the stance and role of the family therapist.
- Differentiate the theories of change in one modernist and postmodernist family therapy theory.
- Evaluate each theory’s impact on the field of marriage and family therapy.
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Once the assignment is finalized and all edits have been made, submit the final version to your instructor for grading using the following file naming format: Your_Name_AssignmentNumber_Assignment_Title (for example: Ima_Learner_u09a1_Assignment_Title)
- Content: The final paper must include the following components in this order:
- Title page.
- Body of the paper.
- Reflective summary.
- Reference list (include eight or more references).
- Number of pages: The body of the paper must be at least 8–10 pages in length. This does not include the title page and reference list.
- Written communication: Submit written communication that is clear and concise, with appropriate examples and supporting evidence. Use appropriate graduate-level composition and expression. Articulate thoughts that address the objectives of the project and do not detract from the overall message.
- References: The paper must include a reference list, subject to the following conditions:
- Include at least eight references to scholarly articles from peer-reviewed academic journals. You may include additional books, websites, interviews, and other popular sources but these will not count toward the minimum of eight academic references.
- Make sure at least three of your resources are published within the past 4 years. The remaining resources may be older if they are still considered current.
- Use the current APA style and formatting in your in-text citations and reference list.
- SafeAssign: Submit a draft of your paper for content analysis to SafeAssign.
- Formatting: Use the current APA style and formatting throughout your paper, including:
- Correct in-text citations.
- Proper punctuation.
- Double-spacing throughout.
- Proper headings and subheadings.
- No skipped lines before headings and subheadings.
- Proper paragraph and block indentation.
- No bullets.
Refer to the APA style and format page on Campus for more information.