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Family Therapy

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History and Background The history of family therapy began around 1960, when Gregory Bateson coined the term, “system thinking.” This type of therapy was a daring departure, both technically and philosophically, from traditional and individual treatment during the 1960s. Gregory Bateson was inspired. He felt that the unit known, as “the family” needed to be celebrated and that is exactly what he did” (Family Therapy, 2010, Para 1) Along with Gregory Bateson, are a list of several others who contributed to the evolution of Marriage and family counseling. This list includes the founder of social work, Mary Richmond, Mr. W. James, who researched the organic expression of social systems intervention and Mr. J. Dewey. Each of these therapists considered family therapy to be, among other things, a “consequence of the development of persistent elements of American professional culture, experience, and philosophy’’ (Family therapy, 2010, Para 2). It is said that the family therapy has a “historical- anthropological viewpoint’’. Moreover, these mentioned have greatly contributed to the overall development that makes up this wonderful field known as family, marriage and counseling or therapy. Marriage and Family counseling does have its relevance to the field of counseling as well as a unique distinction as it relates to Christian identity, function and ethics. What are Family Counseling and its relevance? It is important to understand what Marriage and Family counseling entail’s so that there will be an understanding of its true relevance. The union of Marriage is understood to be one of the most sacred institutions God has put in place with the family unit falling next in line as it is the foundation of society and the buil... ... middle of paper ... ...d returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them’’ (The Online Bible, 2010) As a counselor, I will with the help of the Holy Spirit, walk this passage of scripture out in my daily profession. I am reminded of a quote given by one of my instructors. She stated, as a professional I bring my expertise but a Christian I come on my knees. I am nothing more than a servant in the field of counseling.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that gregory bateson coined the term "system thinking" in 1960. he felt that the unit known as "the family" needed to be celebrated and that is exactly what he did.
  • Explains that marriage is one of the most sacred institutions god has put in place with the family unit falling next in line as it is the foundation of society and building blocks needed for a healthy society.
  • Explains that satan hates the institution of marriage and the family because of all it represents in the eyes of god. he works tirelessly to bring division amongst marriages and families.
  • Explains that the family unit as a whole is suffering due to marital strife, spiritual and emotional issues taking place in the home.
  • Explains that according to leo gozich, 50 percent of all marriages are ending in divorce. this is true to worldly and christian marriage.
  • Opines that there is a major need for marriage counseling and intervention.
  • Explains that marriage counseling helps couples understand and resolve conflicts and improves their relationship.
  • Explains that family counseling is similar to marriage counseling, but with a separate component. through family therapy, families learn better ways to interact with each other and resolve conflicts.
  • Explains how family counseling helps children deal with anger, communication, and coping issues stemming from family issues.
  • Explains that christian marriage and family counseling can also be done from a christian perspective, using the bible and christian principles to bring healing to marriages and families.
  • Explains that jesus christ is the pre-eminent model for christian counseling practice, ethics, and caregiving activities.
  • Explains that christian counselors are privileged to abide by seven christian foundations in their practice, which distinguish the christian counseling profession from all other counseling approaches.
  • Describes the ethical codes listed by the american code of christian ethics that counselors have an ethical duty to adhere to.
  • Explains that christian counselors are christ representatives in their profession. they are responsible to walk in integrity and in the character of christ always.
  • Opines that christian counselors should not force their beliefs on their clients, nor use the word to manipulate them. they should allow the holy spirit to convict them as he is the cultivator of man's heart.
  • Opines that as a christian counselor, it would be their goal, duty, and privilege to abide by ethical guidelines and standards.
  • Narrates how jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the father. judas, the son of simon iscariot, betrayed jesus.
  • Opines that jesus replied, “you do not realize now what i am doing, but later you will understand.”
  • Analyzes how jesus answered peter's question, "unless i wash you, you have no part with me." he knew who was going to betray him, so he said not everyone was clean.
  • Opines that as a counselor, they will walk this passage of scripture out with the help of the holy spirit in their daily profession.
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