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(p. 88) Family Systems Approaches 

(p. 88) Family Systems Approaches
(p. 88) Family Systems Approaches

Robert A. DiTomasso

, Stacey C. Cahn

, Susan M. Panichelli-Mindel

, and Roger K. McFillin

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Systems approaches to therapy focus on the system of which the individual is part, while still considering the individual. There are a variety of approaches to treatment within systems theory, therefore, competency in systems-oriented therapy requires clinicians to be familiar with an array of therapies and techniques. In fact, it is possible to obtain certification specifically in the area of systems theory. In this chapter we will review basic foundations in systems theory highlighting several of the universal issues therapists consider, as well as current areas of research. Core competencies necessary to the practice of systems therapy will be described, while professional competencies as defined by both APA and AMFT will be discussed. Benchmarks for professional competency across training levels as well as useful tools for assessing competency will be reviewed as related to systems work.

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