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Traditional v Non-traditional Approaches
to Treating Disrespect

Traditional approaches to trauma treatment for anxiety, disrespect, violence, suicide ideation, and similar issues frequently focus on the individual in order to create change.

Non-traditional therapy draws on systems thinking in its view of the family as an emotional unit. This approach, upon which Dr. Scott Sells developed the FST | Family Systems Trauma model, holds that traumatized children are inseparable from their network of relationships. By involving the family, the extended family, and the village in trauma treatment, second-order change occurs. Behavior changes in one family member likely influence systemic change, thus balancing the way the family functions.

FST Techniques blend the many approaches to family systems therapy including Salvador Minuchin’s structural family therapy, Jay Haley’s and Milton Erickson’s strategic family therapy, and intergenerational therapy.

In the clip below, Dr. Sells describes the differences between traditional and non-traditional therapy in addressing extreme disrespect.

2 responses to “Traditional v Non-traditional Approaches
to Treating Disrespect”

  1. How do you suggest responding to the comment… “or what?” I know it’s a challenge on my son’s part. I’ve just simply been responding with “I will not continue to engage in this battle” and then stop talking. I make sure he knows if he wants to have a rational conversation I’m willing to listen but that I’m not willing to sit and argue or power struggle all night. Sometimes this makes him more angry, other times he stops and the topic of discussion is changed (which can be irritating when one doesn’t want to speak but I’m working on it. It’s hard to let see past the behaviour and disrespect sometimes).

  2. I work in a school setting, I need to work with parents, but need resources and supports for them. The short clip on Disrespect is great, but would like more information on it.

    I would like to involve parents in their child’s therapy. Excellent point of Parents don’t change… Thanks

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