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Family Reconstruction

Family reconstruction is a therapeutic intervention first developed by Virginia Satir in the 1960s. In its classical form, a family counselor guides a person, with family members present and participating, in dramatically reenacting significant family life events from the past. The purpose of these experiences is to gain a deeper insight into how unresolved issues from one’s family of origin impact oneself and one’s families in the present. The family reconstruction model assumes that people desire personal growth and that everyone has within them the inner resources needed to thrive. The model is informed by family systems theory, which asserts that every person in the larger family system affects every other person. The family reconstruction model also incorporates psychodrama or role-playing, which was first pioneered ...

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