Family mode deactivation therapy focuses on the elimination of emotional dysfunction, undesirable cognitions, and inappropriate behaviors in adolescents and their families. This form of psychotherapy utilizes systematic, goal-oriented processes in order to allow the individual to recognize and modify dysfunctional cognitive modes. Family mode deactivation therapy (FMDT) is an offshoot of mode deactivation therapy (MDT), which was originally created by psychologist Jack Apsche as a means to more effectively treat adolescents with complex issues, including conduct disorder, sexual and physical aggression, and emotional dysfunction. This entry examines the theoretical underpinnings of FMDT, its effectiveness, core concepts, and key treatment strategies.

The Theoretical Basis

FMDT is theoretically based in the cognitive theory of Aaron Beck and the rational emotive theory of Albert Ellis. Apsche’s development of MDT was ...

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