Feminist Family Therapy. ACSW 2008 Annual Conference Dr. Deborah Foster, RSW Dr. Karen Nielsen, RSW . Slides will be posted on ACSW Web site next week. Outline. Development of feminist family therapy What is feminism What is family therapy Feminist family therapy Philosophy Themes
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ACSW 2008 Annual Conference
Dr. Deborah Foster, RSW
Dr. Karen Nielsen, RSW
Development of feminist family therapy
Feminist family therapy
First Wave - Right to vote
Second Wave – Right to reproductive control, equal pay for equal work, no fault divorce, gender neutral language & sanctions against marital rape
Third wave –celebrate diversity; combat inequalities women face as a result of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, economic status or level of education; access to NRT for single women and lesbians
Goal for the individual to differentiate & take "I" position in family of origin
Individual must stay connected to family & therapy generally involves 3 generations of family
Triangulation is a key concept. Triangles are likely to develop during times of distance.
In relationships, the partner who experiences the most distress will often connect with someone else as a way to gain an ally.
Michael White and David Epstein
Developed as a reaction to labelling & pathologizing of traditional family therapy
Stresses a collaborative relationship with family
Key concept is externalization, creates a team made up of therapist & persons united against an outside problem
Empowerment: the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices & to transform those choices into desired actions & outcomes.
Core Social Work Values and Principles
Value 1: Respect for Inherent Dignity and Worth of Persons
Value 2: Pursuit of Social Justice
Value 3: Service to Humanity
Value 4: Integrity of Professional Practice
Value 5: Confidentiality in Professional Practice
Value 6: Competence in Professional Practice
Value 1: Respect clients' freedom to choose; emphasize development of collaborative relationships; therapy must be geared to helping the client see that she must be her own rescuer - that the power she longs for is not in someone else but in herself. Client as expert (Respect for Inherent Dignity and Worth of Persons)
Value 2: The personal is political; consider problems within societal context; actively seeking to change gender injustices experienced by women and men. (Pursuit of Social Justice)
Value 3: Feminist therapist seeks multiple avenues for impacting change, including public ed. & advocacy within professional organizations, lobbying legislative actions (Service to Humanity)
Value 4: Feminist therapist is accountable self, colleagues & clients. (Integrity of Professional Practice)
Value 5: Open agenda, informed consent; egalitarian relationship (Confidentiality in Professional Practice)
Value 6: A feminist therapist will contract to work with clients & issues within the realm of her/his competencies (Competence in Professional Practice)