This week of the course focuses specifically on the contextual family therapy model, which was developed by Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy. This model was influenced by psychoanalytic theory, however, contextual therapy is considered a distinct type of therapy compared to psychoanalytic family therapy. In Week 4, you were asked to look at psychoanalytic family therapy. This week, you should focus specifically on contextual family therapy. Review chapter 7, paying attention to Nagy’s contextual therapy concepts specifically, plus review the other assigned readings that address contextual family therapy specifically. This model is considered an intergenerational model of therapy but it is different from Bowen’s intergenerational model, which you’ll study in Week 7.
Though not required, you are invited to view the following videos of Ivan Boszmormenyi-Nagy providing therapy:
I Would Like to Call You Mother by Ivan Boszmormenyi-Nagy
- Session Intro: This session, recorded in 1988 by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and digitally remastered in 2009, features Ivan Boszmormenyi-Nagy conducting a live, unedited therapy session with a family. The featured family includes four generations consisting of a delinquent adolescent, his chronically psychotic mother, grandparents and great-grandmother. Nagy’s model employs multidirected partiality, which includes discussing and acknowledging everyone’s positive contributions to counter their mistrust, blaming and self-defeating invisible loyalties.
- Therapist Intro: Ivan Boszmormenyi-Nagy’s (1920-2007) focus on both the issues within the family system and how that system relates to society left a lasting impression on the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. As one of the field’s “Masters,” Nagy called therapists to focus on fairness in families and was best known for developing the contextual approach to family therapy. Trust, loyalty, and mutual support were the focal points of his work.
Video Link Part 1: http://www.viddler.com/v/47253224
Video Link Part 2: http://www.viddler.com/v/b0b6a337
Video Link Part 3: http://www.viddler.com/v/b51a7cda
NOTE: Please use this password – NCU123 – to access the videos.
Instructions regarding AATBS materials, the readings listed below will be found in the following volumes:
- California Exam Volume II – p. 20, Table 4
- National Exam Book Volume II – p. 22, Contextual Family Therapy
Be sure to carefully review this week’s resources. You will be expected to apply the information from these resources when you prepare your assignments.
Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences (AATBS) materials
See Week introduction for required readings
Gehart, D. R. (2014) Mastering competencies in family therapy
Read Chapter 7 (the part that covers Psychoanalytic Family Therapy; p. 243)
Goldenthal, P. (2005). Helping children and families: A new treatment model integrating psychodynamic, behavioral, and contextual approaches
Read Chapters 1 and 2
Fowers, B.J., & Wenger, A. (1997). Are trustworthiness and fairness enough? Contextual family therapy and the good family.
Gangamma, R., Bartle-Haring, S., & Glebova, T. (2012). A study of Contextual Therapy Theory’s relational ethics in couples in therapy.
Mauldin, G.R., & Anderson, W.T. (1998). Forgiveness as an intervention in contextual family therapy: Two case examples.
Carey, B. (2007). Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, 86, an Innovator of Family Therapy
Reflect on the Contextual Family Therapy Model