CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

The Triplet Who Couldn't Be: A Matter of Language

Department

Department of Family Therapy

Publication Date

3-1994

Publication Title

Journal of Systemic Therapies

ISSN

1195-4396

Volume

13

Issue/No.

1

First Page

51

Last Page

63

Abstract

This case study demonstrates the importance of attending carefully to the specific meanings evoked by the language of a client family, and of selecting specific components of the family's language to address therapeutically. Since therapists can at times become overwhelmed by the magnitude of a family's history of difficulties, and find themselves immersed in the details of complex problems, it is useful for them to attend selectively to particular components of a story which, if altered, provide new options for the family. The therapists and team in this case were able to shift meanings in ways which provided greater flexibility for all family members, and led to a positive therapeutic outcome.

DOI

10.1521/jsyt.1994.13.1.51

Peer Reviewed

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