NRNP 6650 DQ Structural and Strategic Family Therapy

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NRNP 6650 DQ Structural and Strategic Family Therapy

NRNP 6650 DQ Structural and Strategic Family Therapy

Individuals are born into families, grow and develop in families, and live most of their lives
in families. Therefore, it makes sense that clients are best understood within the context of
the family system.
——Dr. Candice Knight, Psychotherapy for the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse
The family system is a social unit that is based on unique relationships and roles.
Structural and strategic therapies are important, because they offer unique insights to the
theoretical underpinnings of this system. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner,
a strong theoretical foundation will help you better understand the family unit and family
therapy; this understanding will, in turn, improve the effectiveness of your work with
This week, as you continue exploring family therapy, you examine structural and strategic
family therapies and their appropriateness for client families.

Learning Resources
Required Readings

McNeil, S. N., Herschberger, J. K., & Nedela, M. N. (2013). Low-income families with
potential adolescent gang involvement: A structural community family therapy integration
model. American Journal of Family Therapy, 41(2), 110-120.

Méndez, N. A., Qureshi, M. E., Carnerio, R., & Hort, F. (2014). The intersection of
Facebook and structural family therapy volume 1. American Journal of Family Therapy,
42(2), 167-174.  doi:10.1080/01926187.2013.794046

Nichols, M., & Davis, S. D. (2020). The essentials of family therapy (7th ed.). Boston, MA:
 Chapter 4, “Bowen Family Systems Therapy” (pp. 56-71)
 Chapter 5, “Strategic Family Therapy” (pp. 72-88)
 Chapter 6, “Structural Family Therapy” (pp. 89-104

Nichols, M., & Tafuri, S. (2013). Techniques of structural family assessment: A qualitative
analysis of how experts promote a systemic perspective. Family Process, 52(2), 207-215.

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Ryan, W. J., Conti, R. P., & Simon, G. M. (2013). Presupposition compatibility facilitates
treatment fidelity in therapists learning structural family therapy. American Journal of
Family Therapy, 41(5), 403-414. doi:10.1080/01926187.2012.727673

Sheehan, A. H., & Friedlander, M. L. (2015). Therapeutic alliance and retention in brief
strategic family therapy: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy,
41(4), 415-427. doi:10.1111/jmft.12113

​Szapocznik, J., Muir, J. A., Duff, J. H., Schwartz, S. J., & Brown, C. H. (2015). Brief
strategic family therapy: Implementing evidence-based models in community settings.
Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, 25(1), 121-
133. doi:10.1080/10503307.2013.856044

TherapistAid. (2020). Genograms for psychotherapy. Retrieved from

Required Media (Producer). (2010). Bowenian family therapy [Video file]. Mill Valley,
CA: Author.

The approximate length of this media piece is 118 minutes.

Triangle Productions (Producer). (2001). Brief strategic therapy with couples [Video file]. La
Jolla, CA: Author.

Optional Resources

Coatsworth, J. D., Santisteban, D. A., McBride, C. K., & Szapocznik, J. (2001). Brief
strategic family therapy versus community control: Engagement, retention, and an
exploration of the moderating role of adolescent symptom severity. Family Process, 40(3),
313–332. Retrieved from

Golden Triad Films (Producer). (1986). The essence of change. [Video file]. Mill Valley,

National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2003). Brief strategic family therapy for adolescent drug
abuse. Retrieved from

Navarre, S. (1998). Salvador Minuchin's structural family therapy and its application to
multicultural family systems. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 19(6), 557–570.
doi:10.1080/016128498248845 (Publisher). (n.d.). Satir family therapy [Video file]. [With Jean
McLendon]. United States: (Producer). (2011b). Salvador Minuchin on family therapy [Video file].
Mill Valley, CA: Author.
Radohl, T. (2011). Incorporating family into the formula: Family-directed structural
therapy for children with serious emotional disturbance. Child & Family Social Work,
16(2), 127–137. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2010.00720.x
Robbins, M. S., Feaster, D. J., Horigian, V. E., Rohrbaugh, M., Shoham, V., Bachrach, K.,
… Szapocznik, J. (2011). Brief strategic family therapy versus treatment as usual: Results
of a multisite randomized trial for substance using adolescents. Journal of Consulting and
Clinical Psychology, 79(6), 713–727. doi:10.1037/a0025477
Santisteban, D. A., Suarez-Morales, L., Robbins, M. S., & Szapocznik, J. (2006). Brief
strategic family therapy: Lessons learned in efficacy research and challenges to blending

research and practice. Family Process, 45(2), 259–271. doi:10.1111/j.1545-
Szapocznik, J., Schwartz, S. J., Muir, J. A., & Brown, C. H. (2012). Brief strategic family
therapy: An intervention to reduce adolescent risk behavior. Couple & Family Psychology,
1(2), 134–145. doi:10.1037/a0029002
Szapocznik, J., Zarate, M., Duff, J., & Muir, J. (2013). Brief strategic family therapy:
Engaging drug using/problem behavior adolescents and their families in treatment. Social
Work in Public Health, 28(3-4), 206–223. doi:10.1080/19371918.2013.774666
Vetere, A. (2001). Therapy matters: Structural family therapy. Child Psychology &
Psychiatry Review, 6(3), 133–139. Retrieved from
Weaver, A., Greeno, C. G., Marcus, S. C., Fusco, R. A., Zimmerman, T., & Anderson, C.
(2013). Effects of structural family therapy on child and maternal mental health
symptomatology. Research on Social Work Practice, 23(3), 294–303.

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