Sandra Warne, M.A., MFT

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708 Alhambra Blvd, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95816

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1. The main characteristic of strategic family therapy is:  

A. The therapist devises a strategy for solving the client's presenting problems

B. Power and control

C. Tapping unrecognized resources within the family

D. Better communication between the parental dyad


2. The receiver of information often becomes confused when contradictions appear between what is said and what is expressed in tone or gesture.  In family systems terms, this is referred to as:  

A. Complementary communication

B. Interactional hogwash

C. Therapeutic double-bind

D. Paradoxical communication


3. Symmetrical escalation refers to:  

A. Communication between unequal partners

B. Squabbling partners

C. The spiraling competition between two equal partners

D. Communication characterized by paradox


4. Strategic therapists describe first-order change as:  

A. Change that gets at the root causes and alters organizational structure

B. Superficial change

C. Change followed by stress

D. Characterized by family inertia


5. When a strategic therapist "prescribes the symptom," he or she is:  

A. Tricking the family and inducing them to abandon the symptom

B. Creating a double-bind for the family

C. Instructing them to continue the symptomatic behavior

D. Both A & C

6. Paradoxical directives are an example of:  

A. Indirect interventions

B. Direct interventions

C. Restraining strategies

D. Positioning strategies


7. Jay Haley's and Cloe Madanes' approach to family therapy was mainly concerned with:  

A. Brief therapy

B. Problem solving

C. Couples only

D. Family myths


8. The three major steps in designing a paradox according to Papp are: 

A. Redefining, prescribing, and restraining

B. Manipulating, controlling, and changing

C. Designing, manipulating, and executing

D. Aligning, collating, and detouring


9. Jay Haley's initial family interview consisted of four stages. Those stages were:  

A. Complementary, symmetrical, growth, termination

B. Intrapsychic, interpersonal, interactional, ending

C. Social, problem, interaction, goal setting

D. Personal, social, environmental, physical


10. Most family systems theories postulate that:  

A. Problems arise from the context of the family

B. Symptoms often maintain homeostasis

C. The I.P. is just the family scapegoat

D. All of the above

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