Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Multifamily Group Therapy

  • Donjae CatanzaritiEmail author
  • Corinne Datchi
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_162

Name of the Strategy or Intervention

Multifamily Group Therapy


Multiple family group; Multiple family group therapy (MFGT); Multiple family group treatment; Multiple family therapy


Multifamily Group Therapy (MFGT) is an evidence-based approach to the treatment of severe mental disorders and chronic illness, first developed in the 1950s by H. Peter Laqueur, MD, as a family-focused intervention for hospitalized individuals with schizophrenia. Today, MFGT services are delivered in a group format in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings such as adult and children inpatient psychiatric units and outpatient agency settings. There is substantial scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of MFGT with various populations including veterans; individuals with traumatic brain injury, eating disorders, major depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, and substance-related problems; as well as children with diabetes, children with divorcing parents, children who have...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  • Ryan M. Earl
    • 2
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA