Personal experiences, within your own past relationships, may sensitize or desensitize you to the relational issues presented by clients. The key, then, is recognizing the challenges to integrating theory and knowing how to mitigate these challenges in order to provide the best and most effective service to clients. However, always keep in mind that retaining professional integrity concerning your theoretical orientation is necessary.
To prepare for this Discussion, select one of the theories demonstrated in the videos this week (either Bowenian or structural) to use for this Discussion
By Day 4
Post a brief description of your personal lens in treating couples and the theory you selected from the videos. Then, provide an explanation of one challenge you may encounter if you attempted to integrate the theory you selected with your lens of couples counseling in your professional practice. Then, explain how you might mitigate this challenge. Be specific.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.
By Day 6
Respond to two of your colleagues’ postings and explain how your colleagues’ posts might help you refine and inform your own theoretical orientation.
Select and respond to a colleague who selected a different theory and title your posting as follows: “Integrating [X] theory into [Y] theory”
Colleague 1: Khalila
Post a brief description of your personal lens in treating couples and the theory you selected from the videos.
With Structural Family Therapy, Aponte analyzed how the structure of the relationship between family members impacts the challenges that the system experiences. He stated that structure is influenced by the member’s culture and values, the factors that mean most to them (Psychotherapy.net). To effectively assist a family using this theory, the professional must be able to apply and transform the knowledge from the theoretical frameworks to be able to relate on a personal level with their client while fulfilling your professional role.
My personal lens in treating families is to teach and encourage the individuals to compromise. Families are composed of individuals, who may share the same values but had different experiences, uniting (German, Lebow