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1. Explanation of the Practice
According to Virginia Satir, family therapy is necessary to address family pain and heal a family wounds.
Family therapy is a form of treatment that is designed to address specific issues affecting the health and functioning of a family. The family is involved across all 7 treatment components. According to Danielson et al.(2012), the Risk Reduction through Family Therapy (RRFT) protocol is devised into 7 components: Psycho-education, Coping ,Family communication, Substance abuse, PTSD, Healthy dating and Sexual Decision Making, and Victimization Risk Reduction and is administered through weekly , 60-90 minute sessions with adolescents and caregivers ( meeting individually with the therapist and as a family).
Family therapy can be used to help a family through a difficult time, a major transition, or mental or behavioral health problems in family members.(“Family Therapy, 2014”). Family therapy views individual’s problems in the context of the large unit: the family, (Dr Michaela Herkov. 2016). This type of therapy is that problems cannot be addressed or solved successfully without understanding the dynamics of the group.
Techniques and exercises from cognitive therapy, interpersonal therapy, behavioral therapy, or any other type of individual therapy can be employed by Family therapy. Therefore the techniques employed will depend on the specific problems the clients present with.
Emotional and behavioral problems in children are common reasons to visit a family therapist. According to Herkov (2016), children’s problems do not exist in a vacuum; they exist in the context of the family and will need to be addressed within the context of the family.
The reason behind this pilot randomized controlled trial study was to evaluate the feasibility and efficiency of reducing substance use risk and trauma- related mental health problems among sexually assaulted adolescents in which Risk Reduction