Other important treatment goals of family therapy may include:
- Restructuring maladaptive relationships and interactional family styles
- Strengthening and/or changing family problem-solving behaviors
- Changing dysfunctional transactional patterns between members
- Preventing and/or undoing triangulation
- Establishing appropriate family roles, rules and boundaries
- Helping the children understand and appreciate the value and importance of maintaining positive and compassionate relationships with both parents
- Assisting parents in learning how to practice presenting positive and healthy images of the other parent to the children
- Teaching the children how to develop critical thinking skills and the benefits of staying out of the middle of parental conflict.
Children who engage in family therapy that teach these skills often develop positive / healthy relationships with both parents while learning how to stay out of the middle of their parent’s conflicts. Parents who engage in family therapy that helps them learn how to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the children and the other parent often develop stronger and healthier relationships with their children.