Strategic Therapy versus Structural Therapy
Strategic and Structural therapy is two forms of therapy that offer similarity as well as difference treatment to assist the family with communicating more effective with each other. The therapist goal is to find creative interventions to help stabilize the family to maintain an appropriate relationship in their environment. Within this paper, a brief description of the similarity and difference of structural and strategic therapy will demonstrate how two forms of behavior therapy can assist families by changing the behavior.
Compare and Contrast.
The concept of Structural family therapy is how the therapist “view the family as a system structured according to set patterns and rules that govern family interactions” (2003, Gehart & Tuttle, p. 23). The therapist goal is to interact with the clients during the therapy session to obtain an understanding of the reported problem. This process will allow the therapist to assist the clients with changing their structure. Strategic family therapy concept is to attempt to address a specific problem of the family in a shorter timeframe than other therapeutic services. Both approaches strive to assist the clients with overcoming their family issues, however views the structure of the family differently. For example, structural approach works with the family by identifying the problems and improving the behavior with and strategic therapy works with changing the client behavior to improve the problem.
Both, structural and strategic therapy has goals toward assisting the clients. Structural approach goals is to “alter the dysfunctional structure to promote problem solving and to facilitate the growth of the system to resolve symptoms and encourage growth in individuals, while also preserving the mutual support of the family” (2003, Gehart & Tuttle, p. 26). Strategic approach goal is “helping people move on to the next stage of family life by preventing unfortunate sequences of actions from repeating” (2003, Gehart & Tuttle, p. 46). The approaches are different because structural goals work with improving the behavior to change the problem and strategic involves changing the behavior to improve the problem. The similarity goal of structure and strategic approach is helping the family become stabilize while improving their communication skills.
Both approaches provide the clients with interventions to assist with accomplishing their goals toward improving behavior problems. Structural therapy provides technique that builds up the construction of the family. “Interventions, such as enactments, boundary making, unbalancing, and challenging assumptions, are applied while focusing on restructuring the family system to address the problem” (2003, Gehart & Tuttle, p. 27). Strategic uses techniques such as, directive, pretend technique, restraining and going slow and ordeal therapy. These interventions are strategies that teach the clients, encourage the clients, and...