Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy

  • Jing LanEmail author
  • Tamara G. Sher
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_40

Name of Model

Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy (CBFT)


Behavioral family therapy (BFT)


Cognitive-behavioral family therapy (CBFT) was born as the family therapy correlate to cognitive-behavioral therapy. That is, it integrates behaviorism and cognitive approaches and applies them to family systems. Because of its flexibility and continued evolution, CBFT is able to focus on a variety of problems, from promoting changes within individuals in families to altering family interaction styles. Furthermore, CBFT provides the fundamental principles and techniques to various empirically supported interventions and programs.

Prominent Associated Figures

  • Donald Baucom at the University of North Carolina

  • Norman Epstein at the University of Maryland

  • Gerald Patterson at the Oregon Social Learning Center at the University of Oregon

  • Neil Jacobson at the University of Washington

  • Andrew I. Schwebel at the Ohio State University

  • Frank Dattilio at Harvard Medical School and the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Institute, Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  3. 3.Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA