Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Systemic Family Psychotherapy

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_567


Systemic family psychotherapy constitutes a body of different but related and constantly evolving approaches, which belong to the “family” of the “talking cures,” in Freudian terms, namely, treatments of mental distress by means of talk. Upon its appearance, it is claimed to have introduced a “paradigm shift” in the field of mental health practices, for juxtaposing a systemic, that is, a relational and of circular causality perspective to mental distress as opposed to the dominant linear and individually oriented one; it also retained an affiliation with the anti-psychiatric movement of that era, as expressed, e.g., in the work of Laing (Dallos & Draper, 2010). Its radical past is currently survived in a number of innovative, critical approaches and practices, which have evolved out of developments in systemic family therapy models and approaches. On the other hand, systemic family therapy constitutes part of the psychotherapeutic establishment, which plays a significant...

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Online Resources

  1. European Family Therapy Association. http://www.europeanfamilytherapy.eu/
  2. International Family Therapy Association. http://www.ifta-familytherapy.org/
  3. Mental Research Institute. http://www.mri.org/
  4. Social Constructionism-TAOS Institute. http://www.taosinstitute.net/

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Early Childhood EducationUniversity of ThessalyVolosGreece