In family therapy and supervision, isomorphism refers to similar processes that occur at several levels of therapy (i.e., between clients in their regular lives, clients and therapists, and therapists and their supervisors). In other words, family dynamics may be replicated by families in therapy (e.g., a couple who refuses to speak to each when angry and opts instead to pass messages to each other through their child may attempt to replicate this behavior with a therapist). Isomorphism grows out of systems theory concepts, in particular the idea that systems, biological and otherwise, are similarly organized with rules, patterns, and hierarchies. Human systems, like families, are no exception. Just as a family contains an inherent structural organization in which the parents are in charge of the ...

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