Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Metaframeworks in Metaframeworks: Transcending the Models of Family Therapy

  • Ralph S. CohenEmail author
  • Tatiana Melendez-Rhodes
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_935

Name of Concept

Metaframeworks in Metaframeworks: Transcending the Models of Family Therapy

Introduction

The concept of “Metaframeworks,” as used in understanding the human condition and application to models of psychotherapy, first appeared in the book, Metaframeworks: Transcending the Models of Family Therapy (Breunlin et al. 1992). The concept emerged from the authors’ collaborative effort to (1) distill central ideas from the many systemic models of family therapy and identify common theoretical factors based on systems theory, and (2) to organize these factors into six core domains (i.e., internal family system, organization, sequences, development, multicultural, and gender domains), from which a human system can be explored and both resources and constraints can be identified that either enhance or inhibit functions along these six dimensions (pp. xi–xiv). The Metaframeworks perspective was conceived by the authors as an attempt both to pay homage to the rich history and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central Connecticut State UniversityNew BritainUSA
  2. 2.Department of Counselor Education and Family TherapyCentral Connecticut State UniversityNew BritainUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Douglas C. Breunlin
    • 1
  1. 1.The Family InstituteNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA