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  • Nuclear Family Emotional System

    The concept of a nuclear family emotional system can be broken down into two basic areas: the nuclear family itself and the emotional system that governs how they interact with each other. The emotional system is mainly associated with the

  • Systems Theory

    The fundamentals of systems theory were laid out by prominent social scientists such as Gregory Bateson, Humberto Maturana, Kennethe Boulding and William Ashby to name just a few. It is a psychological theory that uses complex systems in order to

  • Strengthening Families Program

    The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) was developed in 1982 by Dr. Karol L. Kumpfer and co-workers at the University of Utah. Recognized by several agencies as being an excellent research-based family model, SFP is a skills training program that focuses

  • Nurturing Parenting Programs

    The Nurturing Parenting Programs (NPPs) are family-centered programs that are designed to stop the generational cycle of abuse by helping parents develop nurturing skills as an alternative to the abusive parenting tactics of yore. The ultimate goal of these programs

  • Multisystemic Therapy

    Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a form of therapy that focuses on helping adolescents and families effectively deal with many of the elements that lead to antisocial behavior in children and teens. The contributing factors are typically found in the child’s

  • Multidimensional Family Therapy

    Emerging from a federally funded research program tasked with evaluating and developing treatments for adolescents engaged in substance abuse, the Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) is a family-based therapy designed to prevent and treat teen drug abuse and associated behavioral problems.

  • Functional Family Therapy

    Originally created to help middle-class families deal with their troubled youth, Functional Family Therapy (FFT) has expanded over the years to encompass other types of families including poor, multi-cultural, and multi-ethnic. FFT is an intervention program targeted towards providing parents

  • Brief Strategic Family Therapy

    Created by the Center of Family Studies in 1975, a part of the University of Miami School’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) program focuses on treating troubled adolescents aged 8 to 17 for

  • Family Systems Theory

    Family Systems Theory

    A psychiatrist and theorician, Murray Bowen, MD dedicated his life to the “human cause” and produced a remarkable new theory of human behavior called Family Systems Theory, or Bowen Theory. This theory has the potential to replace most of Freudian