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Applying Family Therapy Principles to the Body Politic Through Sustained Dialogue

Neal Newfield and Susan Newfield

in Resolving Community Conflicts and Problems

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780231151689
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231525282 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7312/columbia/9780231151689.003.0016
Applying Family Therapy Principles to the Body Politic Through Sustained Dialogue

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This chapter discusses family therapy in relation to the first two stages of a sustained dialogue. Family therapy is a psychotherapeutic applied within families in order to nurture development. Just like a sustained dialogue, family therapy aims to change patterns of interaction and relationships in order to resolve conflict. The ground rules of the first two stages in the sustained dialogue are applicable in a family therapy. In the first stage of sustained dialogue, Deciding to Engage, it is imperative that therapists maintain control of structural issues while the clients take the initiative in therapy. They must also build and sustain commitment among the participants. Meanwhile, in the second stage, Mapping and Naming Problems and Relationships, therapists must structure the conversation by generating a sense of linked relationship among participants and by managing their emotions to map the problem.

Keywords: sustained dialogue; family therapy; relationships; families

Chapter.  7236 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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