Students will:
  • Compare experiential family therapy to narrative family therapy
  • Justify recommendations for family therapy
To prepare:
  • Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the insights they provide on experiential and family therapies.


The Assignment

In a 2- to 3-page paper, address the following: 

  • Summarize the key points of both experiential family therapy and narrative family therapy. 
  • Compare experiential family therapy to narrative family therapy, noting the strengths and weakness of each.
  • Provide a description of a family that you think experiential family  therapy would be appropriate, explain why, and justify your response  using the Learning Resources. 

Note: The College of Nursing requires  that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary,  and references. The sample paper provided by the Walden Writing Center  provides examples of those required elements (available at All papers submitted must use  this formatting.

Part 2: Family Genogram

Develop a genogram for the client family you  selected. The genogram should extend back at least three generations  (parents, grandparents, and great grandparents).

Running head: FAMILY THERAPY 1


Experiential Family Therapy versus Narrative Family Therapy

6650N Psychotherapy with groups and Families.


Experiential Family Therapy and Narrative Family Therapy

An effective theory regarding psychotherapeutic practice is one that offers a framework that monitors thoughts, actions and interventions of psychologists in the course of a therapeutic process. This type of theory may act or serve as a roadmap used by therapists because they follow guidelines during the multifaceted journey that leads towards the psyche of another individual or patient (Nichols & Davis, 2020). There exist innumerable useable therapeutic orientations in the realm of clinical psychology such as narrative and family therapy. Each of these therapies consider the role of a clinical therapist as well as the behaviors, emotions and thoughts of patients in a very unique and distinct manner.

Key Points of Narrative Family Theory

Narrative theory separates individuals from their personal problems and encourages them to depend on their skills in order to minimize various issues or problems in their lives (Nichols & Davis, 2020). In the course of one’s life, individual experiences eventually become personal stories, which are given a meaning because they play a significant role in shaping individual identity. This theory makes use of power derived from such stories an helps individuals discover their purpose in life. Therapists often do this by assigning patients the role of a narrator based on their individual stories (Nichols & Davis, 2020). Next, both the patient and therapist involved in narrative theory recognize and build upon preferred or alternative storylines, which may exist away from the problem story. As such, they are able to offer contrasts to individual problem and helps individuals to reflect their true nature, consequently allowing them to rewrite their stories (Nichols & Davis, 2020).

Strengths and Weakness

By helping patients to identify what may be absent but implicit, patients are able to move towards the unknown from what is known (Nichols & Davis, 2020). Narrative family theory allows therapists to recognize and understand what is valuable to an individual in a wider context beyond their problems. As a result, individuals may be able to discover a link between their thoughts, actions and choices, thereby helping them to gain agency for dealing with any future problems in their lives. In a family setting, the approach of extern

Hernandez Family Episode 6

Hernandez Family Episode 6
Program Transcript

FEMALE SPEAKER: So last week I showed you how to make a genogram, like
this one. Now, the idea behind making a genogram is to help you draw a picture
of your family history. And then we use that to discuss the relationships and
connections among your relatives. OK? So Juan, why don’t you start off and talk
about what you came up with.

JUAN HERNANDEZ: So we’re starting with my family. My father, Hector, he’s still
alive. And he married my mother, Freda. And she passed away two years ago.
And then there’s their children, myself– I’m the oldest– and then there’s my three
sisters, Marie, Senta, and Rose.

FEMALE SPEAKER: Good. And Elena, what about your family?

ELENA HERNANDEZ: Well, here’s my father, Anthony. He met and married my
mother, Sofia. They are both still alive. They had five children. Firstborn was my
brother Daniel, then my brother Tomas, then my sisters Martina and Camila, and
there’s me, the baby.

And then I met Juan, and we started our own family. And we have two beautiful
sons that you met, one, Junior, who is eight, and Alberto, who is six.

FEMALE SPEAKER: Good. So for the last several weeks we’ve been talking a lot
about how you discipline your sons at home. And both of you mentioned how
your parents used to punish you when you were growing up. Juan, why don’t you
talk about that and point to anybody on the genogram as you mention them?

JUAN HERNANDEZ: Sure. So my dad, when he was mad at me he would send
me to get books from the encyclopedia. And he’d make me hold them out,
straight out like this, until he told me to stop. It caused so much pain in my arms,
I mean, my arms felt like they would break off.

And my mom, she did basically the same thing. Except when she was really
mad, when would make me get more books than my dad. I hated those books so
much. I never went near them on my own. To me, they only meant one thing,
misery. And now, I guess I inherited that from them.

FEMALE SPEAKER: Elena, how about you?

ELENA HERNANDEZ: Yes, misery. That’s what it was like for me, too.

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Hernandez Family Episode 6

Hernandez Family Episode 6
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Music by Clean Cuts

Original Art and Photography Provided By:
Brian Kline and Nico Danks

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