Family Therapy: Introduction | History | Traditional Models | Key Terms and Organizing Metaphors | The Social Environment for Children and Adolescents | Approaching the Complexity of Youth in Families | General Principles | Indications | More Recent Models | Current Models | Summary Points | References
What is the place of family therapy in child
and adolescent psychiatric practice? The practice parameters of the
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) repeatedly
emphasize the critical role families play in the treatment of child
and adolescent psychiatric disorders. The Practice Parameter on
Family Assessment (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2007) states: "A family assessment is
always indicated in the psychiatric evaluation of a child or adolescent" (p.
922); "The family assessment must recognize and describe
family strengths as well as identify family problems" (p.
922). The 10 "principles" of the family assessment
parameter call for a high level of skill in family assessment and
treatment in child and adolescent psychiatry. AACAP regards the
family assessment and treatment as indispensable for child and adolescent
mental health practice.