AFT is the leading body representing those working with families in the public and independent sector in the UK. The broad group of therapies under the banner of “systemic family therapy” work not only with families, but with individual children and adults, couples, and the wider communities of clients.
What is family therapy?
Family Therapists help family members find constructive ways to help each other. They work in ways that acknowledge the contexts of people's families and other relationships, sharing and respecting individuals' different perspectives, beliefs, views and stories, and exploring possible ways forward.
Family Therapists thus not only support change with individuals but also in their relationships in the family and beyond, so children, young people, adults and/or those important to them are supported in continued recovery.
Family Therapists' areas of particular experience and expertise include:
Family relationships and changes in family life
Child and adolescent mental health
Adult mental health
Supporting family members through separation, mediation and divorce
Child and adolescent behaviour, including problems with attention and over-activity
Emotional disorders including anxiety, depression and grief following bereavement
Anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders
Supporting family members in step-family life
Social policy e.g. child protection
Fostering, adoption and 'looked after' children
Drug and alcohol misuse
Supporting children, young people and adults post-trauma (including conflict-related trauma in Northern Ireland)