This manuscript was supported by grants R01DA019892, R01DA017487, and R01DA019708 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and grant No. 96.2013 from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Collaboration in Family Therapy
Article first published online: 26 JAN 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 68, Issue 2, pages 168–178, February 2012
How to Cite
Tuerk, E. H., McCart, M. R. and Henggeler, S. W. (2012), Collaboration in Family Therapy. J. Clin. Psychol., 68: 168–178. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21833
The authors wish to thank Dr. Sylvia Rowlands and the BlueSky program staff at the New York Foundling for sharing their clinical experiences and providing thoughtful contributions to this article.
- Issue published online: 26 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 26 JAN 2012
- family therapy;
- multisystemic therapy;
- engagement strategies;
- therapeutic alliance
This article summarizes and illustrates the collaboration strategies used by several family therapies. The strategies used within multisystemic therapy (MST) are emphasized because it has demonstrated high rates of treatment completion and favorable outcomes in multiple clinical trials. Many of the collaboration strategies in family work are common to other forms of evidence-based psychotherapy (e.g., reflective listening, empathy, reframing, and displays of authenticity and flexibility); however, some strategies are unique to family systems treatments, such as the identification of strengths across multiple systems in the youth's social ecology and the maintenance of a family (versus a child) focus during treatment. A case example illustrates collaboration and engagement in the context of MST.