Theories in Counseling

Structural Family Therapy Family Interview Presentation (35 points)

Family Interview Paper Assignment (6 page paper)

Prior to doing this assignment please read the power point entitled “Family Interview Theories.” This power point contains the following theories: Family Systems Theory, Bowen’s Theory, and Structural Family Theory. Pick ONE of these theories to apply a video you will watch. (attached)


Please watch this video and answer the following questions.

Link to video is:



or google:

Supernanny S04E01 The Hancox-Smith Family


Imagine you are a therapist working with this family. What are your general observations about this family? (Your answer should be one page just for this question)

What is your counter-transference about working with this family? (your answer should be a half a page just for this question)

Pick one of the above mentioned theories (Family Systems, Bowen, or Structural) and explain problems you see for this family through the lens of one of these theories. For example, you will need to address issues such as boundaries, hierarchies, subsystems, routines, strengths, triangles, or coalitions. (your answer for this question should be 4 pages).


Family Interview Paper Assignment

CO: 1, 4

Assignment Components Proficient Max Points
Theory explanation Student presents two theories from the list provided and applies the theoretical models to the understanding and conceptualization of ONE of their own personal problems. Student thoroughly explains how both theories relate to the treatment of the problem identified. The student uses the language of the theory.  
Counter-transference Student clearly identifies their own personal counter-transference issues that emerge when imagining themselves interacting with this family’s issues in therapy. For example: issues related to discipline or lack of discipline. Or, issues related to boundaries. (1 page) 3/ pts.
Terms to be explained in light of the video Student needs to discuss the following issues as it relates to the theory they selected (4 pages):




Rules /roles




Academic Writing    
Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e. APA); and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. References the textbook. Written in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in appropriate and accurate representation and attribution of sources; and displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Use of the textbook as a scholarly source aligns with specified assignment requirements. Follows APA guidelines for use of unbiased language.

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