Development of a multi-team multi-perspective model of therapy



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Texas Tech University


This paper presents a narrative of the development of a multi-level multi-perspective model of therapy. The model was based on two of Bateson's concepts, double description and multiple levels of recursion. The traditional team approach to therapy was expanded by adding an additional team behind a one-way mirror. This additional team was able to observe the family/therapist system and the therapist/team system, and was able to interact with the therapist/team system. In addition to adding another team, the therapists were active participants in developing this model. The active participation of the therapists allowed for a model that best "fits" this therapeutic context. A narrative of the development of this model was created from: (1) diaries of the observations from this participant/observer; (2) transcribed audiotapes; (3) and interviews with participating therapists.