Family therapy has evolved substantially since its controversial beginnings in the mid-20th century. Once viewed as a radical departure from the more traditional focus on the individual, family systems’ viewpoints have now received widespread acceptance, and couple and family interventions are widely practiced and have accrued considerable research support. Couple and family interventions are employed by therapists from all types of backgrounds to treat a variety of difficulties. Indeed, couple and family therapies are the treatment of choice for a number of different presenting problems and disorders.

One way of defining family therapy is to examine who is seen in treatment. Thus, family therapy occurs when one or more members of a family are seen together in therapy. Despite the parsimony of this “head count” ...

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