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The functional dialectic system approach to therapy for individuals, couples, and families

Author: Moshe Almagor
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2011.
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The functional dialectic system approach to therapy has been widely embraced and is now used internationally, with individuals and couples as well as with families. It differs substantially from the common psychotherapeutic models that have prevailed in the West for more than a century. According to the system model, an individual who is in treatment is not considered to be the primary focus of interest but is seen  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Moshe Almagor
ISBN: 9780816669554 0816669554
OCLC Number: 716759572
Description: xxxi, 307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: System : nature, role, structure, and communication --
Dialectics --
How the system protects and preserves itself --
System development and life cycle --
How the system changes --
Joining and establishing therapeutic alliance --
The envelope : joining --
Disclosure --
Resistance-impeding and facilitating therapy --
Functional dialectic system view of symptom and psychopathology --
Infidelity --
Adolescent suicide --
Enrichment and facilitation of therapy --
Ending therapy and follow-up.
Responsibility: Moshe Almagor.

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The functional dialectic system approach to therapy has been widely embraced and is now used internationally, with individuals and couples as well as with families. It differs substantially from the common psychotherapeutic models that have prevailed in the West for more than a century. According to the system model, an individual who is in treatment is not considered to be the primary focus of interest but is seen instead as part of a social context, the network of relationships that play significant roles in his or her life. n this book, Moshe Almagor offers a comprehensive view of the contemporary system approach--from theory to practice--and shows how it can be applied to a variety of psychological problems and in a variety of therapeutic modes. The system approach to therapy concentrates on the present situation of a client, aware that people are always in transition yet seeking order, safety, belonging, and identity. Their behavior is thus goal oriented and functional. The principles of dialectics assert that everything includes its opposite, that there is an ongoing conflict between the poles, and that this inevitable conflict creates pressure that leads to a continuous alteration. These principles, thoroughly explained in the book and practically illustrated by case examples drawn from the author's own practice, show how the system approach is optimistic in its orientation and is designed to help clients change their lives by broadening their understanding of themselves, their situations, and their options.

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