Family therapy practice is based on the concept that the family is a distinct social system with its own concerns. Parenting styles, individual personalities, and singular or ongoing events all influence the family structure. What affects one individual in the family necessarily affects the other family members.
Therefore, family therapists must consider the whole family in their practices and treatments. This approach strengthens the entire family, and, perhaps most importantly, helps family members understand how their family operates. Family therapists are often employed in cases where the family is experiencing a major life change, or one or more members have been diagnosed with a medical condition.
Family therapists perform many duties, including assisting in conflict resolution and the development of effective coping strategies. Family therapists also facilitate cooperative techniques and help members create healthy relationships that foster resilience and recovery.