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family therapy

[¦fam·i·lē ′ther·ə·pē]
(psychology)
Treatment of more than one family member in the same therapeutic session.

family therapy

a treatment, usually for disturbed children, employing PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC or COUNSELLING methods, based on the premise that a child's behaviour is the product of a complex of interacting family relationships. To understand why a child is unhappy or exhibiting behaviour problems it is essential that he or she is regarded as part of the family system, therefore the whole family is seen by the therapist. By being able to assess where the stresses are within the family, the therapist is able to suggest ways in which the balance may be restored. The ‘problem’ behaviour may be ‘referred’ from another part of the family system (e.g. when the parents are not happy in their marital relationship), and, similarly, it will be affecting the rest of the family system. Adjustment to one part of the system will have repercussions on other parts, therefore the whole family is involved in the treatment process (see SYSTEMS THEORY for the theoretical concepts involved).
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Our 4-year training program in couples and family therapy begins with didactics and family meetings (inpatient) in the first year, didactics and opportunities for a couples and family therapy clinical elective as [postgraduate year]-2s, and live case observation in the family therapy program at the [Veterans Affairs] Palo Alto Health Care System, as well as an intensive seminar at Stanford during the PGY-3 year, and supervised outpatient clinical work in Stanford's Couples and Family Therapy Clinic during the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years.
In summary if family therapy is to endure, it must be teachable, translatable, and relevant across disciplines and national boundaries.
This book is highly recommended to practitioners, theorists, teachers, and researchers in the field of family therapy.
We are very clear that for serious mental illness, family therapy alone is not enough, but neither are medications.
Problems in providing family therapy services can also be attributed to the family's willingness to participate in the rehabilitation process.
The first will review the history and recent research findings regarding various types of family therapy used in the treatment of eating disorders.
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4-7: International Family Therapy Association World Congress; Reykjavik, Iceland; www.
The weekly 90-minute group therapy sessions, directed by cognitive-behavioral therapists, included education about OCD, cognitive training, and family therapy.
Now they're coming in before the separation, before it has reached crisis proportions,'' said Karyn Maag-Weigand, director of Granada Family Therapy Center in Sherman Oaks.
The second fastest growing area of study is at the University's School of Behavioral and Health Sciences in its Marriage and Family Therapy degree programs.