The "Octopus" family therapy

Chung Yee Zenobia Chan

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This chapter tries to extract and assimilate the strengths of different schools of family therapy and ideology so as to create a new approach, namely, the Octopus Approach to Family Therapy. Each letter of the term "Octopus" represents a particular blend of knowledge for family therapy. Seven main areas for constructing the Octopus Approach are: O stands for ongoing that family therapy is a never ending and life-long process. C stands for the Calgary Family Intervention Model (CFIM) which is a comprehensive intervention model and initiates three areas (cognitive, affective and behavioral) of changes. T stands for therapeutic goals. O stands for offering support during the counseling process. P stands for Primary Health Care. U stands for understanding and unfolding clients' story. S stands for the Satir Model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Issues in Chinese Contexts
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781536112238
ISBN (Print)9781608767236
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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