The classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast contains the fundamental ingredients of a relationship. This presentation introduces the "uses of enchantment" in brief marital therapy through a discussion of this ancient story. It also examines two developmental models that illustrate that journey. Awareness of archetypal forces in "couplemaking" facilitate concise, precise and to-the-point clinical interventions.
Five areas that define Adlerian Brief Therapy (ABT) are addressed within a relationshipintervention focusing continuum. Depending on emphases along the continuum, the process of therapy can look quite different even within the Adlerian model. Two approaches to ABT are delineated and demonstrated in this session: one emphasizing relational qualities and integration of Adlerian teleology with awareness, contact and experience; the other organizing the session around strategies for change.
Erickson recognized the vital importance of changing the client's relationships within their social contexts. Frequently, he included the client's family, friends and others to make therapy briefer with more permanent positive outcomes. Participants will learn ways to better understand the influence of social contexts, engage the social network and influence relationships to promote change. Case analogies will be given and videotape examples from actual session demonstrate the Strategic Family Therapy approach.