Integrative Family Therapy (IFT) focuses on understanding human behavior by combining the interpersonal and intrapersonal factors of a family system. It provides an eclectic medium where the therapist is able to view the family as a system while keeping a pulse on the behaviors and thought processes of each individual within the system. It therefore views individuals autonomously while simultaneously fitting them within the bigger social and environmental realm of the family system. IFT is generally practiced as a brief method of treatment, and it emphasizes that change occurs outside of therapy sessions and stresses the use of techniques and homework throughout the course of therapy.

Historical Context

During the 1970s, at around the same time when Paul Wachtel and James Prochaska developed their ideas about integration ...

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