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Structural Family Therapy

Structural family therapy (SFT) is one of the original models of family therapy that continue to influence the field of marriage and family therapy today. Although several theorists contributed to its development, including Braulio Montalvo, Charles Fishman, and George Simon, Salvador Minuchin is generally credited for the development of the model. In the 1960s, the focus of his therapy practice was working with delinquent adolescent boys in a residential setting called the Wiltwyck School for Boys in New York. At that time in history, many of the psychotherapy approaches were developed for high functioning, middle-class individuals. However, Minuchin observed that traditional psychotherapy approaches had a limited effect on his patients, and any improvements became short-lived once the patients returned home. This observation prompted him to ...

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