Assimilative Family Therapy
Name of the Strategy or Intervention
Assimilative Family Therapy Model
Pitta integrated Bowen Family Systems Therapy with cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, communications, and other systems therapies into Integrative Healing Family Therapy (Pitta 2005). As her thinking evolved, she began to consider context (Brabender and Fallon 2009) and common factors (Davis et al. 2012). She then labeled this therapy for individuals, couples, and families the Assimilative Family Therapy (AFT) model (Pitta 2014). The home theory of AFT is a systemic theory or family therapy model, and the concepts and interventions from other therapies can be from individually oriented treatment therapies and other family therapy models.
Theoretical Framework for the AFT Model
Four major models have been identified within the field of integration: technical, theoretical, common factors, and assimilative integration (Norcross and Goldfried 2005). Technical integration uses a systemic reasoning process...
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