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Type Working Paper - International Journal of Physical and Social Sciences
Title A paradigm shift in family therapy in India: Exploration from socioeconomic, cultural and spiritual perspectives
Volume 3
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 153-166
URL http://www.indianjournals.com/ijor.aspx?target=ijor:ijpss&volume=3&issue=3&article=012
This conceptual Paper critically examines the application of the Western Family therapy concepts and models to the practice of family therapy in India. What might be termed as pseudo transference of concepts from the West to Indian context could have counter productivity. The understanding of Self, world-view, psychosocial and spiritual dimensions, and cultural context of an Indian family and the role of women in family are central to the understanding of family in India, and hence they are central to family therapy practice in India. The importance of integrating Human Rights perspective in the family therapeutic model is emphasized. In multicultural scenario, there has been a paradigm shift towards ‘fourth force’ that places culture as central rather than marginal to the counselling practice. This Paper aims to go a step further with inclusion of spiritual beliefs and Human Rights perspective in the practice of family therapy. This paradigm shift in ‘culture-meaning family therapy model’ is discussed from social, economic, cultural, philosophical, spiritual and Human Rights perspectives in India with a case study. Recommendations are proposed for further research in the subject.

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