VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Filial Therapy: An Attachment Based, Emotion Focused, and Skill Training Approach
Barry G. Ginsberg
In Filial Therapy, parents learn to conduct one-on-one child-centered play sessions with their own children. Parents then continue to hold weekly play sessions with their children at home for a period of 6 months to a year (or more, depending on the child’s motivation). Modeled after child-centered play therapy, these half-hour play sessions occur in a highly structured context with few but clearly defined limits and consequences set by the therapist. This context is designed to allow children to take the initiative and freely express themselves and it fosters self-regulation and independence. In turn, parents are asked to respond to (acknowledge) their children’s initiative, behavior, and expression, particularly feeling expression, with acceptance and without judgment.