Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Assimilation in Integrative Couple and Family Therapy

  • George Stricker
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_509-1

Introduction

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:
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    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

     
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    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...

Keywords

Family Therapy Therapeutic Alliance Couple Therapy Therapeutic System Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 
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References

  1. Castonguay, L. G., Newman, M. G., Borkovec, T. D., Grosse Holtforth, M., & Maramba, G. G. (2005). Cognitive-behavioral assimilative integration. In J. C. Norcross & M. R. Goldfried (Eds.), Handbook of psychotherapy integration (2nd ed., pp. 241–260). New York: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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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