Family Behavior Therapy
Reflections - Addiction Therapy
Family behavior therapy (FBT) is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. Family therapy, also referred to as couple and family therapy, marriage and family therapy, family systems therapy, and family counseling, is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.
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Drug and alcohol addiction has long been known to be a family disease yet most all treatment programs focus on the individual with the “problem”….the “identified patient”. The family gets very little, if any, care or help to achieve “family recovery”. Our family program occurs each month to invite Families to become educated on addiction, mental health issues, family dynamics and boundaries, co-dependency, and how to best support their loved one while also maintaining care for themselves through the healing process.
It makes no difference how big or small the family is, where the members are located, whether the family plan to take part in the family program or not, or even whether the family and client are on speaking terms. The evaluation, preferably conducted at time of admission, helps to enhance the quality of family rehab service we provide. The family program is held several weeks after client admission. Each client and his/her family, is also encouraged, when clinically appropriate, to have family members closest to them participate in family therapy sessions with the clients Primary Therapist. For those who live a distance away, we also offer phone and skype sessions to better include the family who has been effected by the loved ones dual-diagnosis issues.
The different schools of family therapy have in common a belief that, regardless of the origin of the problem, and regardless of whether the clients consider it an “individual” or “family” issue, involving families in solutions often benefits clients. This involvement of families is commonly accomplished by their direct participation in the therapy session. The skills of the family therapist thus include the ability to influence conversations in a way that catalyses the strengths, wisdom, and support of the wider system.
In the field’s early years, many clinicians defined the family in a narrow, traditional manner usually including parents and children. As the field has evolved, the concept of the family is more commonly defined in terms of strongly supportive, long-term roles and relationships between people who may or may not be related by blood or marriage.
The conceptual frameworks developed by family therapists, especially those of family systems theorists, have been applied to a wide range of human behaviour, including organisational dynamics and the study of greatness.
Family Behavior Therapy