Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Assimilation in Integrative Couple and Family Therapy

  • George StrickerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_509


Psychotherapy integration has been defined as including various attempts to look beyond the confines of single-school approaches in order to see what can be learned from other perspectives. It is characterized by openness to various ways of integrating diverse theories and techniques (Stricker 2010).

Theoretical Context for Concept

There are four generally accepted approaches to psychotherapy integration. These include the following:
  1. 1.

    A common factors approach to understanding psychotherapy, which identifies those aspects of psychotherapy that are present in most, if not all, therapeutic system

  2. 2.

    Technical integration, in which a combination of techniques is drawn from different therapeutic systems without regard for any specific theoretical approach

  3. 3.

    Theoretical integration or an attempt to understand the patient by developing a superordinate theoretical framework that draws from a variety of different frameworks

  4. 4.

    Assimilative integration, which combines...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Argosy UniversityArlingtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rachel Diamond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HarfordUSA