Joining in Structural Family Therapy
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In Structural Family Therapy, joining is the process that forms and sustains the therapeutic system between the family and therapist. While most present in the earlier stages of therapy, it is the “glue” that holds the therapeutic system together throughout treatment and is essential to the process of change (Minuchin and Fishman 1981).
Joining requires the therapist’s differential use of self. It is a “fit” unique to each therapist and for every family they see. Joining is both specific and universal. The “shape” of each clinical context will vary with the endless diversity of...
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