Family Therapy: A systems theory and structural family model

United States

Salisha Maharaj, senior clinical psychologist at the Tygerberg Family and Adolescent Unit, will focus on how to conduct therapy with families. In this clear and engaging talk, Salisha discusses how to use key ideas from systems theory and structural family therapy in order to formulate and work with a family. Firstly, she outlines some basic concepts of systems theory and then goes on explain some of the core components of structural family therapy. Salisha includes an interesting case example to demonstrate the stages of family therapy and how the theory informs the practice. The talk includes practical concepts to use when working with a family.

This talk addresses the important need to equip professionals to work with families. Many mental health professionals are equipped to work with individuals, but do not feel confident in offering a systemic intervention. A lack of skill in working with families can result in over-pathologising individuals and missing the extent to which problems arising may be related to systemic family functioning. 



  1. General introduction to Family therapy
  2. The difference between individual and family therapy
  3. Key Ideas of structural family therapy
  4. Case example
  5. Limitations of structural therapy and conclusion

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