Integrative problem-centered metaframeworks therapy II: Planning, conversing, and reading feedback

William Pinsof*, Douglas C. Breunlin, William P. Russell, Jay Lebow

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This is the second of 2 articles presenting Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks (IPCM) Therapy, a multisystemic, integrative, empirically informed, and common factor perspective for family, couple, and individual psychotherapy. The first article presented IPCM's foundation concepts and Blueprint for therapy, focusing on the first Blueprint component-Hypothesizing or assessment. This article, focusing on intervention, presents the other 3 Blueprint components-Planning, Conversing, and Feedback. Articulated through the Blueprint, intervention is a clinical experimental process in which therapists formulate hypotheses about the set of constraints (the Web) within a client system that prevents problem resolution, develop a therapeutic Plan based on those hypotheses, implement the Plan through a coconstructed dialogue with the clients, and then evaluate the results. If the intervention is not successful, the results become feedback to modify the Web, revise the Plan, and intervene again. Guided by the therapeutic alliance, this process repeats until the presenting problems resolve. IPCM Planning sequentially integrates the major empirically and yet-to-be empirically validated therapies and organizes their key strategies and techniques as common factors. Conversing and Feedback employ empirical STIC ® (Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change) data collaboratively with clients to formulate hypotheses and evaluate interventions. This article emphasizes the art and science of IPCM practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-336
Number of pages23
JournalFamily process
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Couple
  • Empirically informed therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Individual
  • Integrative problem centered therapy
  • Metaframeworks
  • Multisystemic therapy
  • Web of constraints

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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