Multigenerational Family Systems Theory (Bowen) aka Extended Family Therapy

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Multigenerational Family Systems Theory (Bowen) aka Extended Family Therapy
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2012-05-04 06:27:53
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Key concepts to this theory
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  1. Bowen Theory:
    Role of therapist
    • Educator
    • Help clients separate thoughts from feelings
  2. Bowen Theory:
    Interventions
    • Genogram
    • Bibliotherapy and psychoeducation
    • Journal (ex. Expectations vs Actual experience)
  3. Bowen Theory:
    Genogram
    Uses a genogram to explore family patterns from previous generations and to look for insight about the family's current difficulty adapting to change
  4. Bowen Theory:
    Triangulation
    Tension between parents draws in a 3rd party to reduce that tension and attempts to stabilize the system
  5. Bowen Theory:
    Emotional Cutoff
    Seen as a strategy to differentiate, to remove oneself from the discomfort of emotional fusion
  6. Bowen Theory:
    Lack of differentiation
    • Inability to say what one needs or who one is
    • Inability to withstand emotional pressure in a family
    • Failure to differentiate between feelings and cognition results in a failure to differentiate
    • Aka undifferentiated family ego mass

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