Brief Strategic Family Therapy
Brief Strategic Family Therapy is a very novel, yet evidence-based, approach to the management of a variety of issues including adolescent behavioral problems, maladaptive family dynamics, and substance abuse or chemical dependence. The model focuses on finding solutions or answers to problems and not the problems themselves. This is a very unique characteristic of the Brief Strategic Family Therapy model in that, unlike mainstream psychotherapies, it does not attempt to change the problems – maladaptive thoughts, negative thoughts, or ill thoughts. Instead, it provides individuals and their respective families hope that solutions and resources are readily available.
The basic premise of BSFT is that the family remains the most influential social system in the development of each member of the family, especially the children. The idea is to look at behavioral, emotional, and even cognitive issues presented by individuals within the larger context of the family including their relationships, family alliances, familial boundaries, parental attitudes, and other family dynamics. It presupposes that individuals who may engage in risky behaviors, delinquency, substance abuse, school truancy, and social conduct problems among other things, have been directly or indirectly influenced by events that occur in the family. The goal therefore of Brief Strategic Family Therapy is in the identification of specific problems in order to improve and strengthen family relationships and family dynamics.
3 Principles of Brief Strategic Family Therapy
Therapists utilizing the BSFT Model observe its three fundamental principles.
Solutions must be problem-focused and very practical. The SFBT Model does not attempt to change the problem itself. It nevertheless needs to understand the problem so that more practical alternative solutions can be found. The model uses a variety of methods or interventions to meet the practical needs of both the individual and the family.
Components of BSFT Interventions
At Sprout Health Group, all treatment interventions utilizing the principles of Brief Strategic Family Therapy are highly individualized. Nevertheless, all BSFT interventions will be composed of three core components.
Restructuring – Once diagnosis has been established, more specific interventions can be developed to transform identified maladaptive family interactions. Techniques such as reframing, working in the present, and working with boundaries and family alliances may be used by the therapist to facilitate change in the family.
Brief Strategic Family Therapy at Sprout
Sprout Health Group employs a variety of interventions that largely utilizes the foundations of the BSFT Model. As individuals will eventually return home, it is important that their respective families are involved in every aspect of their care. This can be best enhanced when family interactions are strengthened and family dynamics are reinforced.