Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)
This term systemic therapy often is used to refer to the Milan model of family therapy, but also is frequently used with a much wider meaning - interchangeably with the term "systems therapy" - by family therapists who apply principles of systems theory in their work. The Milan model of family therapy consistently uses a cybernetic concept regarding family relationships. A special interview technique, circular questioning, allows the formation and verification/falsification of dynamic hypotheses about the interactional bases and functions of family problems. The therapist assumes a metaposition vis-à-vis the family system by maintaining an attitude of neutrality.