Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 50–61 | Cite as

A guide to family/school interventions for the family therapist

  • Barbara E. DiCocco


When presented with a behavioral problem or symptom expression that involves two systems, such as a serious school-related problem, the therapist needs to design an approach that will intervene effectively and expeditiously in both systems. This paper offers a guide to stages of problem escalation and therapeutic intervention that is intended to aid the problem-solver's thinking processes in approaching a troubled situation that involves two systems, the school and the home.


Health Psychology Therapeutic Intervention Behavioral Problem Social Issue Family Therapist 
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© Human Sciences Press 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara E. DiCocco
    • 1
  1. 1.Hillcrest Family CenterFrederick

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