Marsha B. Sauls, Ph.D.
Donna K. Ulrici, Ph.D.
Wendy Heath-Gainer, Ph.D.
Frances Carroll, DClinPsy
Stan E. Hibbs, Ph.D.
Over the last thirty years, a
revolution has occurred in our thinking about psychological and emotional
problems. This new approach is called the Systemic Perspective. It sees human
problems as occurring on many different but interrelated levels: the biological,
the psychological, and the social. Our systemic approach to helping people
includes the following principals:
Problems occur in context.
To understand and solve a personís problem, you must understand the
situation in which it arises.
Each person belongs to several
"systems" such as work, school, and the family. These groups shape
our lives more than we realize. For many, the most important system is the
Each person in a system has a different
perspective, a different way of seeing the problem. Each perspective may be
helpful for solving a problem.
People are usually doing the best they can
given the situation as they see it. If they are making mistakes, it is
because they are stuck and think there is no other way.
People need concrete, practical help
solving their problems. Understanding is not enough. Specific suggestions
about how to make changes are often useful.