Other important treatment goals of family therapy

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.[23]

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.[24] 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.[25]

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