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The use of strategic/systemic methods in a residential treatment home Pare, Timothy


The systemic orientation to behavioral change and the use of paradoxical interventions has been predominantly associated with the family therapy movement. Recently practitioners have been experimenting with the use of strategic/systemic methods in residential treatment centers, schools, and hospital inpatient settings. The literature suggests that these interventions may be ideally suited for oppositional or reluctant clients who resist cooperating in the treatment process. This thesis provides a case study description of an adolescent treatment home which has developed a strategic/systemic approach to residential care. The implementation of a systemic perspective to residential treatment required substantial changes to traditional child care philosophy and practice. These changes are described and discussed and actual intervention examples are presented which help to illuminate this novel approach to residential treatment.

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