The research is to find out where the therapy originated, including the name of the person who first introduced the therapy and a brief history if possible. Provide a short summary of any clinical research or scientific evidence that supports the validity of the therapy. List of conditions the therapy is best suited to treat. A summary of how the therapy works to assist the client. Contras or dangers associated with using the therapy. A bibliography listing the resources used to find the information, including websites and publications.
The formal development of family therapy dates from the 1940s and early 1950s with the founding in 1942 of the American Association of Marriage Counselors (the precursor of the AAMFT), and through the work of various independent clinicians and groups – in the United Kingdom (John Bowlby at the Tavistock Clinic), the United States (Donald deAvila Jackson, John Elderkin Bell, Nathan Ackerman, Christian Midelfort, Theodore Lidz, Lyman Wynne, Murray Bowen, Carl Whitaker, Nagy), and in Hungary, D.L.P. Liebermann – who began seeing family members together for observation or Virginia , Ivan Boszormenyi- therapy sessions. There was initially a strong influence from psychoanalysis (most of the early founders of the field had psychoanalytic backgrounds) and social psychiatry, and later from learning theory and – and significantly, these clinicians began to articulate various theories about the nature and functioning of the family as an entity that was more than a mere aggregation of individuals.
Family therapy has an evolving evidence base. A summary of current evidence is available via the UK’s Association of Family Therapy. Evaluation and outcome studies can also be found on the Family Therapy and Systemic Research Centre website. The website also includes quantitative and qualitative research studies of many aspects of family therapy.
According to a 2004 French government study conducted by French Institute of Health and Medical Research, family and couples therapy was the second most effective therapy after Cognitive behavioural therapy.
According to a 2004 French government study conducted by French Institute of Health and Medical Research, family and couples therapy was the second most effective therapy after Cognitive behavioral therapy.
Family Therapy is best suited for family groups used to treat a variety of dysfunctions and disorders.
When a child is having a problem such as with school, substance abuse, or disordered eating, a major trauma or change that impacts the entire family (i.e. relocation to a new house, natural disaster, incarceration of a family member), Unexpected or traumatic loss of a family member, Adjustment to a new family member in the home (i.e. birth of a sibling, adoption, foster children, a grandparent entering the home), Domestic violence, Divorce and Parent Conflict.
Family Therapy engages the whole family system as a functioning unit. While the individuals in the family
are as important in family therapy as in individual therapy, family therapists also deal with the personal
relations and interactions of the family members, both inside the family and in the therapeutic system, which
comprises the family, the therapist or therapists, and their broader community.
Contras and dangers of going to family therapy, the therapy works best when all members are on board and a really good therapist. So members might feel they will or are being attacked but it would be the counselors role to make sure the environment has a safe and calm feel to it.
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