Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Transitional Family Therapy

  • Judith L. LandauEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_985

Name of Model

Transitional Family Therapy (TFT)


The family therapy field is approaching 75 years and a variety of models have emerged. With new generations of family therapists, the field now recognizes our roots and commonalities. Current generations are trained in multiple orientations and shared theoretical ideas. This era is marked by the development of integrative models of family therapy, the first of which was Transitional Family Therapy (TFT).

Over time, there has been an inevitable transition of people, some of whom have been transformed by forces beyond their control. Problems and clinical patterns have originated in exposure and adjustment to constantly changing culture and present across diverse populations. It is necessary to consider the specific stress of migration and other cultural transitions, along with reactions and family patterns that occurred.

In South Africa, the recognition of the centrality of transition and how it affects families became the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ARISE NetworkLinking Human Systems, LLC & LINC Foundation Inc.BoulderUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Douglas C. Breunlin
    • 1
  1. 1.The Family InstituteNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA