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Family therapy 

Family therapy
Family therapy

Jane Pearce

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date: 16 September 2021

This chapter introduces Family Therapy (Systemic Therapy) as a psychotherapeutic approach which explores the patient’s problems in relational terms rather than treating them as if they reside in the patient alone. The focus is upon the dynamic, interactive connections between people and their wider social context and the history of evolving ideas and practices is summarised. The evidence of effectiveness of family therapy in adults is discussed and the implication drawn that there is evidence to support clinical application including older age populations. The chapter illustrates the range of ideas that have been found applicable and helpful in work with older people and illustrates some of these approaches with practice based scenarios from old age psychiatry.

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