Controlling Sessions in Couple and Family Therapy
Control refers to guiding the therapeutic process as opposed to the control of individuals, couples, or families (Leader 1983). The therapeutic process can include the structure of therapy, continuous assessment, and collaborative goals. Control begins at initial contact and continues through termination.
Theoretical Context for Concept
Methods for guiding the therapeutic process extend across multiple theoretical formulations and can be contextualized using the common factors approach. The common factors approach posits that change in couple and family therapy can occur via certain variables despite theoretical orientation (Sprenkle et al. 2009). Four elements that are distinctive in couple and family therapy that must be considered when controlling sessions are: (1) viewing conflict in relational terms, (2) broadening the system of treatment, (3) interrupting problematic relational patterns, and (4) widening the scope of the therapeutic alliance (Sprenkle et al. 2009)....
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