Family Therapy

A branch of psychotherapy designed to help families and couples in intimate relationships to improve relationships and resolve problems in living. In working with children and adolescents, family therapy is almost always included in the treatment plan. Structural, behavioral, and systemic therapeutic approaches tend be most often utilized in family therapy due to their effectiveness (Minuchin, S. (1974). Families and Family Therapy. Harvard University Press; Skinner,B.F. (1969). Contingencies of Reinforcement: A Theoretical Analysis. New York: Meredith Corporation; Robin, A., Foster, S. (1989). Negotiating Parent-Adolescent Conflict: A Behavioral-Family Systems Approach. New York: The Guilford Press; Satir, V., Banmen, J., Gerber, J., Gomori, M. (1991). The Satir Model: Family Therapy and Beyond. Palo Alto, California: Science and Behavior Books, Inc.) Education of effective communication skills, conflict-resolution skills, and parenting skills are also commonly incorporated into the treatment plan.