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Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy

Ecosystemic structural family therapy (ESFT) is an empirically supported, strength-based, trauma-informed model of family therapy developed by Marion Lindblad-Goldberg. The theory is based on the assumption that the functioning of a family and its members is influenced by and is inseparable from their environmental context. The model draws from systems theory and is an evolutionary adaptation of Salvador Minuchin’s structural family therapy (SFT). It is based on the idea that the child, parental, and marital functioning are interrelated and fundamental to family functioning. ESFT is important to family counseling and therapy because it was designed to help children and adolescents with moderate to severe emotional and behavioral problems and prevent them from being removed from their homes. The model can be utilized in outpatient or ...

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