Life Cycle Analysis.


Life Cycle Analysis.

Life Cycle Analysis.

What are your thoughts concerning the theories presented this week? What aspects of the theories resonate or make more sense to your personal style of counseling? What aspects or concepts within these theories do you think would be a challenge for you, and why?  Life Cycle Analysis.

This assignment only needs to be about 3 paragraphs nothing huge. just answering the questions above.

Cognitive-behavioral couple and Family therapy (CBC/FT)

Life Cycle Analysis

Narrative Therapy

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11Behavioral and Cognitive- Behavioral Theories: Approaches and Applications Marvarene Oliver and Yvonne Castillo Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi

Behavioral and cognitive-behavioral couple and family therapy are currently generally conceptualized under the broad domain of the cognitive-behavioral approach. Arising initially from behaviorism and later adding information from cognitive psychology and systems thinking, specific frameworks within the broad domain of cognitive-behavioral couple and family therapy (CBC/FT) vary, some- times significantly. Cognitive-behavioral theorists, scholars, and clinicians give greater or lesser emphasis to variables addressed in theory and practice, depending in part on where they fall on a continuum between a more behavioral or a more cognitive orientation. In addition, specific models vary about how much and in what way systems thinking is considered. While most behavioral and cognitive- behavioral approaches are not strictly considered systemic approaches to working with families, they do share with systems theory an emphasis on rules and communication processes, as well as attention to the reciprocal impact of each family member’s behaviors and attitudes on others. Some leading figures in CBC/ FT argue that the attention to mutual impact of family members’ thoughts, behaviors, and emotions, as well as attention to the context in which families operate, provide a systemic overlay for this approach (Baucom, Epstein, Kirby, & LaTaillade, 2010; Dattilio, 2010). Some approaches (e.g., functional family ther- apy, integrative behavioral therapy, and some forms of cognitive-behavioral therapy) strongly stress a systemic perspective that cannot easily be dismissed by critics.

However, all cognitive-behavioral approaches share an emphasis on research and clearly outlined goals, ongoing assessment, and treatment interventions. Because of this commitment to a scientific approach, as well as the relative ease


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of standardizing treatment and measuring outcomes, cognitive-behavioral approaches are the most researched treatments in the arena of couple and family counseling. There have been more studies demonstrating the efficacy of CBC/FT approaches than any other model (Datillio, 2010; Datillio & Epstein, 2005). While other therapies have demonstrated efficacy at least as strong as CBC/FT, the quantity and role of research in CBC/FT is currently unmatched in other approaches (Atkins, Dimidjian, & Christensen, 2003). Not only is CBC/FT well-researched with a sound empirical base, it is among the most-used approaches to couple and family therapy. For instance, Northey (2002), in a national survey of members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, noted that over 27% of 292 randomly selected therapists identified cognitive-behavioral family therapy (CBFT) as their primary treatment modality, and CBFT was the most frequently cited of all models mentioned.

Distinguishing among variations in CBC/FT theory and practice can be challenging for a number of reasons. Not only are there variations based on closer alignment with behavioral or cognitive elements and the relative importance of a systemic perspective, but there have also been several phases of development of CBC/FT. Each of these has spawned related threads of theory, research, and practice. Each thread provides concepts and principles that are important for the well-trained counselor to understand. In addition, both research and theory may address either couple or family approaches, or both. While couple and family treatments share similarities, they do not always translate precisely from working with couples to working with families. Research is generally clearly demarcated as being with and for couples, or with and for families. Nonetheless, general principles of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches share many similarities, whether working with couples or with families.


Counselors who are interested in working from a cognitive-behavioral perspective should be knowledgeable about both behavioral and cognitive therapy and the foundational concepts on which each is based. Behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches have their origins in science; the scientific method was critical in the development of the behavioral approach to working with problems, and it remains critical today. The scientific method that characterized early behaviorism remains a critical component of CBC/FT.

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