Although family treatment approaches are often used during the course of the treatment of a child or adolescent, at times, the entire family presents with needs for therapeutic intervention. Typically, an “identified patient” within the family unit is selected for insurance billing purposes. However, in practice, the “Family System” as a whole is consistently engaged in intervention.
In family treatment, communication patterns are often the subject of analysis and intervention, so that healthier interactions and family relationships can begin to develop. The behavioral and emotional “roles” of the various family members may also be a subject of concern that requires intervention toward lasting change.
The primary goal of family therapy is the achievement of a healthy family unit that functions with consideration of the needs of each of its members.