Applying Critical Social Theories to Family Therapy Practice by Teresa McDowell

By Teresa McDowell

This quantity applies serious social theories to kinfolk treatment perform, utilizing sociopolitical context for a clearer specialize in the ability dynamics of couple and kinfolk relationships. Its decolonizing method of treatment is proven countering the pervasive cultural subject matters that supply privilege to express teams over others, feeding unequal and oppressive relationships that deliver households and to therapy. treatment is proven the following as a layered and nuanced procedure, with practitioners constructing a moral human rights viewpoint towards their paintings as they reduction consumers in negotiating for larger justice and fairness of their relationships. Breaking new flooring in family members treatment, using serious Social Theories to family members treatment demanding situations social employees, social paintings researchers, therapists and psychologists to push past present principles of social wisdom and cultural competence towards actually liberatory client-centered practice.

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For example, those who move upward are sometimes seen as betraying the family of origin, no longer sharing the family’s values and worldview; forgetting where they came from; and/or perceived as thinking they are better than the rest of the family. Upwardly mobile family members are often strongly loyal to their families of origin and feel obligated to help them. Marrying outside one’s family’s social class may also create tension in families of origin. For example, there may be a lack of acceptance of the new partner and in-laws of adult children who marry others from social classes lower than their own.

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My view of being unquestionably in the right was severely limited by class blinders. Social, Economic, Cultural, and Symbolic Capital Pierre Bourdieu (1986) used a number of concepts to explain complexities of power dynamics in society, including economic, social, cultural, and symbolic capital (Garcia and McDowell 2010). , income properties). , being personally referred for a job, borrowing money, letters of support for school or court). , degree titles and occupational status, family name). , language and style of speech, skin color, looks, intellect).

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