This issue describes a range of contemporary issues affecting families and offers useful ideas and techniques that help family therapists to address them. There are articles on utilising video games as a resource in family therapy, rhetorical questions that address therapeutic impasses, how to manage relational deception using tools like genograms, fostering relational agency, Wraparound services for youth, a network therapy approach to working with intellectual disability, and attachment patterns in Indonesian women affected by Intimate Partner Violence.The first article is ‘Video Game Use as a Tool for Assessing and Intervening with Identity Formation and Social Development in Family Therapy’ by Ryan M. Earl from Northwestern University, Evanston, USA. The paper discusses the increasing cultural relevance of video game use for families and its potential as a therapeutic tool in family therapy. The author draws on the literature and his experience as a lifelong gamer to provide a background of the major video game genres, which is particularly useful for therapists with a limited knowledge of the medium. He then explains how video games can help to assess and address issues like identity formation and social development. A systemic practice example is described, recommendations for practice are provided, and
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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