Therapeutic Maneuverability with Couples: Ethical Application of Systems Theory Ben Erwin, PhD, LMFT Stacy Gibbons, CMHCI
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Round and Round we go… Where we stop… Nobody Knows?
“ Organismic systems theory presupposes six basic dimensions of living systems.
CHOICE • Circularity • Holism • Organization • Information Processing • Change, Adaptation, and Growth • Ecosystem Embeddedness
Circular Causality Reciprocity, Mutuality, and Fit Cyclical interconnectedness Punctuation Feedback Mechanism Attenuating Feedback Amplifying Feedback Circularity
Functional role or behavior Law of Composition Law of Decomposition Induction, Accommodation, and Fit Systems Identity Emergent Properties Sub-mergent Properties Sibling Position Functional Symptomatic Role/Behavior Focus on Relational Operators Isomorphism Holism
Dynamic Neutrality Subsystem Supra system Boundaries Variability Belief Systems Rules Roles Shred-Out Principle Organization Structure/Pattern in Process
Process vs Content Perception, meaning-making, social construction, communication, and information flow Analogic and Digital Communication Shared Belief System Phenomenological meaning-making of social construction Feedback loops and mechanism Amplifying and attenuating feedback Hunting Behavior Information Processing
First order vs. Second order change Homeostasis Homeogenesis Morphostasis Morphogenesis Equipotentiality Equifinality Calibration Precision Hunting Behavior The Solution is the Problem Change, Growth, Adaptation