As therapists, we are trained to look for and focus upon family dysfunction. Sometimes though we are so caught up trying to find the maladaptive aspects of our clients that we fail to see the adaptive or healthy characteristics they possess. Perhaps, we inherited this from the medical or disease model of treatment.
Simply stated, this model encourages us to find the problem and fix it. It does not encourage us to find the good, healthy, or productive aspects of family life. Naturally, we want to make things better. However, perhaps we have been going about it in slightly the wrong way. It is much easier for families to build on their strengths rather than to try to learn completely new ones. So, what are some family strengths we could build on?
Evelyn Schmechtig -Cochran