Eclecticism in Couple and Family Therapy
Assimilative integration; Eclecticism; Heterogeneity; Synthesis; Theoretical integration
The term eclectic has been both widely used and misunderstood in the field of psychotherapy. Recently it has come into some disrepute and developed the connotation of indiscriminately drawing from various theories and techniques without a core foundation. Eclecticism has emerged in couple and family therapy (CFT) in particular due to the multiple approaches that do not clearly fit traditional theoretical models and techniques and are not anchored in a comprehensive conceptual base. The term systemic has also been appropriated by some as a defining aspect of CFT, while many others consider systems to be core to the entire field of. The wider realm of psychotherapy has delineated models that distinguish eclecticism from other models such as spiritual orientation, which can be viewed as an aspect of diversity.
Prominent Associated Figures
Arnold Lazarus, John Norcross, Marvin...
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