Changing Practice for Changing Families. Thomas W. Blume, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC GCSA/Chi Sigma Iota Conference 2007. I Matching our practices to client and community needs.
Thomas W. Blume, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC
GCSA/Chi Sigma Iota Conference 2007
Premise: The field of marriage and family counseling has developed in response to particular social trends and family circumstances
Premise: Families today are different from the ones that came to the training clinics of Satir, Minuchin, Haley, and Madanes in the 1970s.
Premise: These new families have special counseling needs that are not effectively met using models and techniques developed for a prior era.
Premise: Serving contemporary families may require working in new ways—in different places, with professionals who are not conducting “medical consultations” or “psychotherapy”
Premise: We may need new theories and models that address contemporary issues.
An IRC process begins with relational identity: learning to see and hear identity demonstrations and statements.
As people become more aware of identities in interaction, an IRC process moves to a focus on interpersonal influence.
The actual process of Identity Renegotiation requires effective, collaborative negotiation strategies.
Identities are renegotiated through identity bargaining (verbal and nonverbal “bids”) and working toward consensus.