Structural Family Therapy in the Child Welfare System

The intervention of the state in the life of a family, for the purpose of protecting children, sets up a scenario prone to power struggles, changing alliances, symmetrical oppositions and/or complementary collusions between family members and the providers of unsolicited services. As a result, the family's structure of affiliations and hierarchy is upset, and the children's sense of belonging and security is compromised. This workshop presents a model of intervention, based on Salvador Minuchin's Structural Family Therapy,that focuses on avoiding or correcting the patterns of interaction, both within the family and between the family and its service providers, that debilitate family process, and on helping families regain the right and responsibility to care for their youngest members.

This workshop does not have any offerings for this semester.