Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 66–76 | Cite as

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  • Reevah Lesoff


This article supplies specific interventions and illustrative dialogue to implement a systematic approach to family therapy. This approach is comprised of five steps which are: (1) elicit concrete behavioral goals; (2) elicit information abou how the client has tried to implement these goals in the past; (3) elicit his ideas about why the behavior is occurring; (4) interpret how these ideas prevent the clients from insisting the child change his behavior; (5) undermine these ideas through appropriate questioning.


Social Psychology Specific Intervention Systematic Approach Family Therapy Behavioral Goal 
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  1. Lesoff, R. S. Foster's technique: A systematic approach to family therapy.Clinical Social Work Journal, 1975,3(1), 32–45.Google Scholar

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© Human Sciences Press 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Reevah Lesoff
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  1. 1.Los Angeles

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