Positive Systemic Practice for Families of Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioural Problems

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Title: Positive Systemic Practice for Families of Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioural Problems
Authors: Cassells, Ciara
Carr, Alan
Forrest, M.
Fry, Jane
Beirne, Fidelma
Casey, Tom
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7405
Date: Jan-2014
Abstract: Positive Systemic Practice (PSP) is an approach to family therapy for addressing adolescent emotional and behavioural problems. It was developed at Crosscare Teen Counselling, which operates from 6 centres in socially disadvantaged areas of Dublin. The practice of PSP is guided by 10 general principles and 47 specific therapeutic stances which are used to put the principles of PSP into practice. PSP involves adopting a positive, systemic, preventative and normal developmental perspective. Therapy is viewed as involving three distinct phases, in all of which the therapeutic alliance is central, and therapeutic problem-solving is research-informed. Counsellors actively work with resistance to change, operate in two-person teams and evaluate their work. An archival study showed that families of adolescents with significant behavioural and emotional problems, most of whom were self-referred, engaged with PSP for an average of 15 sessions over 4 months. For a subsample of cases where pre- and post-treatment data were available, there was evidence for statistically and clinically significant improvement.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: AIA, LFTRC and KCCF
Keywords: Family therapy;Positive systemic practice;Adolescent psychological problems
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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