June 3, 2014
Behavioral, Intergenerational, and Structural Approaches Paper After assessing my nuclear and extended family using a genogram, it was apparent that a history of mental illness was a pattern within my paternal extended family. My family never went to therapy, but I truly think that it would have been beneficial throughout my childhood and teenage years. Solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, and intergenerational therapy and three therapies that can aide families in healing processes from lack of unity, communication, and negative patterns.
Mental Illness Pattern The pattern that I identified within my family genogram is a short history of known mental illness. When I was a teenager, my dad was diagnosed with major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Recently, I found out that my Aunt Kathy was diagnosed with major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. No one is positive about any other family members who have seen a therapist or psychiatrist, or has ever been diagnosed with a mental illness. Even though no other family members have been confirmed as mentally ill, I have a feeling there have been cases of depression in my grandparents in the past.
Solution-focused therapy is a brief therapy that focuses on the solutions instead of issues that brought the family to therapy. The therapy is designed to allow the client to visualize a future where their issues are resolved and they are happy (Bannink, 2007). The therapist is then able to create a treatment plan that will outline the steps necessary to help the clients achieve their goals (Bannink, 2007). Solution focused therapists believe that people are already equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passions to make changes their lives, but need the guidance of the
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