The History of Marriage and Family Therapy
Welcome to An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy. This book serves as an introduction to and overview of the fastest-growing arm of the mental health ﬁ eld: marriage and family therapy. Perhaps this would be a good time to present a preliminary deﬁ nition. Marriage and family therapy is a model of mental health treatment that takes a family perspective on emotional problems and psychopathology. It places individual pathology in a relational context and views treatment as encompassing the environment in which it is maintained-namely, the family. It is important to note that in more recent years, scholars have called for a more inclusive name for the ﬁ eld, “couple and family therapy,” in an effort to more accurately reﬂ ect the varying types of couple and family relationships that receive services from family therapists.