Directive therapy and counseling is based on a systems model for the identification and modification of etiologic factors in behavioral maladjustment. Rather than focusing on psychodynamics or individual insight, the intent of directive therapy is to change behavioral interactions within a family or organizational system. In this model, the therapist designs or selects a task or directive to solve the identified problem; thus, the therapist assumes full responsibility for the success or failure of treatment. In contrast to nondirective and collaborative approaches, directive therapy and counseling is typically conducted without explanation, requiring the client to trust the therapist as an expert who determines the method of intervention and the structure of the therapeutic relationship.

Historical Context

Directive therapy is closely connected to the beginnings of strategic family ...

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