Chapter 9. Systems Approach: Messages, Formulations, Tasks and Timetables

  1. Michael Crowe DM, FRCPsych and
  2. Jane Ridley BA (Hons), PQSW

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470690420.ch9

Therapy with Couples: A Behavioural-Systems Approach to Couple Relationship and Sexual Problems, Second Edition

Therapy with Couples: A Behavioural-Systems Approach to Couple Relationship and Sexual Problems, Second Edition

How to Cite

Crowe, M. and Ridley, J. (2000) Systems Approach: Messages, Formulations, Tasks and Timetables, in Therapy with Couples: A Behavioural-Systems Approach to Couple Relationship and Sexual Problems, Second Edition, Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470690420.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 20 NOV 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632053797

Online ISBN: 9780470690420

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Keywords:

  • systems approach;
  • messages;
  • timetables;
  • therapeutic interventions;
  • coherent reasons

Summary

This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • The message

  • Tasks

  • Timetables

  • Messages should be simple

  • Violent arguments about the children

  • Depression in an older marriage or the empty nest phase

  • Alternative uses of messages, formulations, tasks and timetables

  • Timetables for joint activities

  • Timetables for discussions, building on in-session work

  • Summary of messages, timetables and tasks

  • The paradox and its uses

  • The paradox and split-team message as a therapeutic tool

  • The therapist's attitude while using a paradox

  • The impact of the paradox on the couple

  • Why does the paradox work?

  • Limitations of the paradox

  • The split-team message

  • Indications for alternative treatment - beyond the paradox