Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Social Network Family Therapy

  • M. Duncan StantonEmail author
  • Richard W. Bailey
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_759

Name of Model

Social Network Family Therapy


Network Intervention (This and Social Network Intervention [below] have been disregarded because they were too often viewed as versions of the Johnson Intervention for engaging substance abusers in treatment/selfhelp.)

Network Therapy (Recently disregarded because it was getting confused with Galanter’s Network Therapy, a family [only] therapy approach for treating substance abuse.)

Social Network Intervention (Disregarded, per “lntervention” [above])

Social Network Therapy (A legitimate alternative.)


The network approach was developed in the 1960’s by psychiatrist Ross V. Speck, who at that time was working on a research grant titled “The Family Therapy of Schizophrenia in the Home.” Stemming from that experience, he came to the realization that (per Bailey 2009, p. 3) “families did not have the resources to deal with their overwhelming mental health problems. He began to experiment with bringing together large groups...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Spalding UniversityLouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.LancasterUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eli Karam
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA