Introduction to Family Therapy

  • Jo Ellen Patterson


Family therapy emerged in the 1950s and offered a new way of assessing and treating mental health problems. Family therapy explicitly focuses on altering the interactions between or among family members and seeks to improve the functioning of the family as a unit, or its subsystems, and the functioning of individual members of the family. Legitimate family treatments may focus on the symptoms and functioning of the index patient, or on the qualitative aspects of relationships between or among family members.


Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Family Therapy Family Therapist Parent Management Training 
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