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1

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

2

What are the 4 essential domains of Nagy's theory?

Facts, psychology, transactions, and relational ethics

3

term: these include the attributes that people are born with - gender, identity, birth defects...

Facts

4

term: refers to what happens within the person- fantasies, thoughts, emotions, meanings

Psychology

5

term: the patterns of family organization- hierarchy, triangles, transactional sequence

Transactions

6

term: people are ethically responsible for the effect of their behavior on others

Relational ethics

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term: derives from a combination of internalized expectation, injunctions and obligations in relation to ones family of origin

Loyalty

8

What happens when parents lack caring and responsibility?

Children are denied their just entitlement and trustworthiness deteriorates and symptoms develop

9

What type of entitlement do children gain if a parent is abusive, manipulates and/or makes threats?

destructive entitlement

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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

parentification

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term: generational perpetuation of destructive entitlement in which one generation damages the next innocent generation

revolving slate of injustice

12

What types of assessments are used for contextual therapy?

-family resources
-genograms
-verbal reports

13

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

14

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

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term: the process by which the balance is regained and trust resotred

exoneration

16

term: cedit for contributing to the well being of another

merit