Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Brief Strategic Family Therapy

  • Austen R. Anderson
  • Stephen K. Denny
  • Joan A. Muir
  • José SzapocznikEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_159

Name of Model

Brief Strategic Family Therapy

Introduction

The Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) model is an evidence-based intervention used with families of adolescents who are engaging in problematic behaviors (Horigian et al. 2016). It is usually delivered weekly for 12–16 sessions, with each session lasting about 1–1¼ h. It most often occurs at the client’s home, but can also occur at other places that are convenient for the family, including schools or community clinics. The intervention is guided by a clinical manual that outlines the model’s theory and techniques (Szapocznik et al. 2003). As described below, the current BSFT intervention emerged from a rich history of treatment development that included theoretical principles, clinical experience and experimentation, empirical treatment research, and implementation science. It should be noted that in the BSFT model, “family” is defined as all individuals who “function” in the role of family members, and “parents” are...

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Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was funded in part by grants UL1TR000460 and U10DA013720 to José Szapocznik. José Szapocznik is the developer of this method. The University and José Szapocznik have the potential for financial benefit from future commercialization of this method.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Austen R. Anderson
    • 1
  • Stephen K. Denny
    • 1
  • Joan A. Muir
    • 2
  • José Szapocznik
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.University of MiamiMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Brief Strategic Family Therapy Institute® (BSFT®), University of Miami Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  • Ryan M. Earl
    • 2
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA