Flashcards in Contextual Theory Deck (16)
What is the goal of Contextual therapy?
for each family member -there is action leading to a balance of self validation and fair accountability
-for clients to free themselves from invisible loyalties that damage the well being of the family
-clients take responsibility for their own behavior
-reclaim disowned parts of themselves
-overcome irrational guilt
-make amends for their actions
What are the 4 essential domains of Nagy's theory?
Facts, psychology, transactions, and relational ethics
term: these include the attributes that people are born with - gender, identity, birth defects...
term: refers to what happens within the person- fantasies, thoughts, emotions, meanings
term: the patterns of family organization- hierarchy, triangles, transactional sequence
term: people are ethically responsible for the effect of their behavior on others
term: derives from a combination of internalized expectation, injunctions and obligations in relation to ones family of origin
What happens when parents lack caring and responsibility?
Children are denied their just entitlement and trustworthiness deteriorates and symptoms develop
What type of entitlement do children gain if a parent is abusive, manipulates and/or makes threats?
term: is required to act as a caretaker to his/her parents and then as an adult, he/she might have unreasonable expectations for love and nurture from a spouse and may do this to his/her own children
-can operate on a behavioral level or an internal level
term: generational perpetuation of destructive entitlement in which one generation damages the next innocent generation
revolving slate of injustice
What types of assessments are used for contextual therapy?
What is the role of the therapist?
to not pathologize the family; use multidirectional partiality; an advocate for each person in the extended family; not impartial or neutral; an active guide; balances his/her partiality toward each family member; serves as a conduit to resources
How did Nagy de-parentify? 2 stages
1. parents begin to attribute "parental " significance to the therapist and pressure on the child to fill this role diminishes
2. addressing the spectrum of family dynamics; outlines signs of progress
term: the process by which the balance is regained and trust resotred