Family Systems Techniques & Family Therapy Tools
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Experiential Family Therapy Techniques:
Family Sculpting is the ULTIMATE in experiential family therapy techniques and during Covid, my team and I created a way to do it without the family or a group! Watch this video to see how I do both activities.Watch The Video
Parenting Styles and Family Structure
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- Parenting Styles
- Family Structure
- Symptoms of TeensTake The Quiz
Structural Family Systems Therapy: Family Mapping Tool
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- Family Mapping for Clinicians
- Observational Family Assessments
- Family Mapping InterventionDownload The PDF
Working With Teens:
Fusion and Enmeshment
Download the 'Shared Belief' Worksheet here, and it's yours to use in your next session. The video (on YouTube and here) explains how to use it, and you'll also get some slides from the video along with instructions and the blank worksheet.
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OUR TRIED AND TESTED FAMILY THERAPY TECHNIQUE :
The Family Projective Activity
This was a great activity I repeatedly used while running a large multifamily group for teens, parents, and siblings in residential treatment. The conversations and connections that came from processing the answers were often moving and frequently delightful to facilitate.
Family Therapy Tools For Clinicians
Family Projections Activity: Understanding Your Client's Family
This activity was created when working with a family who had difficulty in sharing personal experiences of being in the relationship with each other. In particular one of the teens was unable to tell his family verbally what he was experiencing with regards to academic pressure from his parents. This activity allowed both him and his sibling to share with their parents how they felt. The result was impactful and provocative in all the right ways - a family that had difficulty sharing with me, all of a sudden became animated as if this was the catalyst needed for them to talk more. This was also used to great effect in a Multifamily group in which parents and teens were able to share and ask each other questions
Family Systems Therapy Consultation
A 50-minute consultation call with Oliver Drakeford, LMFT, CGP to discuss a case of your choice through a systemic lens. Please email me before purchasing to ensure our schedules are aligned (note I am located in California), and we can discuss how to proceed.
Enmeshment: Helping Teenage Clients Differentiate.
Therapy with teens can be challenging when there are signs of family enmeshment, but you only have access to one person in the family. There are a few ways to use family systems therapy in your work with an individual teen to help with enmeshment and differentiation, and this is one of the techniques that we use frequently. The activity helps clients see if they are having the same thoughts, feelings and behaviors as a family member, and gives them the option to decide to keep them or not.
Get the complete guide to Family Mapping that accompanies our video here.
FREE FAMILY MAPPING PDF
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