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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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Randomized trial of behavioral family systems therapy for diabetes: maintenance of effects on diabetes outcomes in adolescents.
Family systems therapy developed out of a broad confluence of influences in the mental health field.
Building on Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS), therapist Herbine-Blank created Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO) specifically for coupleAEs therapy.
Her theoretical orientations include coaching, affirmative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, and solution-focused brief therapy.
It describes a wide range of approaches, including behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, constructivism, family systems therapy and atheoretical and transtheoretical techniques.
As the volume under review demonstrates, Family Systems Therapy (FST) offers a welcome and refreshing alternative in psychologically oriented literary criticism, still dominated by the speculative and outdated Freudian psychoanalysis on the one hand and by the even more speculative and for the most part unintelligible Lacanian theory on the other.
Part 2 of the book is entitled "Theoretical Dimensions: Dilemmas and Contradictions in the Approaches of Family Systems Therapy and Psychopharmacological Practice.
As a part of a randomized controlled trial, 119 adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM1) and their parents were randomly assigned to participate in either 10 sessions of behavioral family systems therapy (BFST), 10 sessions of an education/support group (EDSP), or no specific psychosocial treatment (CONT).