Focal family therapy refers to a short-term family therapy aimed at the relief of a single symptom. Focal family therapy does not involve long-term therapy, but is established to address a single occurrence that is predominant in the family dynamics. Though the term focal is applicable to many forms of therapy, in focal family therapy the goal is to develop a “family focus” and create a brief-focal model for the family to follow in 12 to 14 sessions. This entry briefly introduces focal family therapy as it relates to theory and technique. The entry concludes with a discussion of the focal hypothesis and establishment of focal family treatment goals.


Family therapy has a psychodynamic foundation that can often take broad parameters in the length of time ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles