Brief Strategic Family Therapy

Brief Strategic Family Therapy

It is now becoming easier for families with a member who is drug dependent to face and solve the problem. New forms of therapies have been developed such as the Brief Strategic Family Therapy that can effectively help in the patient’s recovery.

``We're a very close family and we're a very real family, and I think every real family has real problems.`` – Emilio Estevez

What is BSFT?

Brief Strategic Family Therapy is culturally sensitive and evidence-based family intervention which is designed to lessen the chances of drug abuse in adolescents in the family.

By virtue of having the family involved in the therapy, BSFT also enforces good relationships between family members. The therapy is structured, directive, and problem-focused. It uses practical solutions in treating problems in conduct, early drug use, associations with antisocial and negative peers and other common youth risk factors.

Intended for families, especially with children and adolescents between 7 and 17 years old who are manifesting negative behaviors, BSFT is used as an early form of intervention in order to prevent the youth from retrogressing to outright delinquency and drug and substance abuse.

Why You Need BSFT

If you believe that daughter or another family member is manifesting negative behaviors that may lead to drug and substance abuse, you need to consider Brief Strategic Family Therapy.

This intervention strategy will provide you the know-how in overcoming family and individual risk factors by way of:

  • Building skills to strengthen your family
  • Directed interventions to correct maladaptive patterns of your family interaction

But for it to be effective, you need to be committed to practicing the concepts of BSFT since the results will depend on your ability to complete the sessions. It shouldn’t be difficult for you to finish the sessions since it will only take a few weeks. Additionally, this type of intervention provides special engagement strategies that will encourage all family members to join the therapy.

“Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn't listening.” – Emma Thompson

How BSFT Works

The efficacy of BSFT is already proven because it encourages the involvement of all family members. With specific strategies utilized in bringing a resistant family member to the sessions, this type of therapy can really improve your situation.

Depending on the severity of your problem, your BSFT could be from 12 to 17 weekly sessions. Some may need only 8 sessions, while others may need as many as 24 sessions.

Here are the steps you may take if your family will choose this type of therapy.

  • Organization of a counselor-family team – For the therapy to succeed, the counselor will establish an alliance between each member of your family, as well as an alliance with the whole family unit.  The counselor will endeavor to show respect for each member of the family and the whole family itself.
  • Diagnosis or evaluation of family strengths and weaknesses that led to problematic relationships – The counselor will put emphasis on family relationships that are supportive or problematic.  He or she will also assess their impact on the parent’s ability to correct negative behaviors and on the behavior of the children themselves.
  • Designing a treatment strategy – The counselor will develop a therapy that will capitalize on the family’s strengths that will correct problematic family relations and enhance the family’s ability to solve the problem. Aside from being practical, his approach will be planned, direction-oriented, and problem-focused so that the family can go from problematic relationships to competent interactions.
  • Implementation of the strategies for change – The counselor will guide the family in applying the strategies for change and will help the family to reinforce positive behaviors to maintain and improve its competence.

These change strategies could include:

  • Shifting the nature of alliances
  • Guiding and coaching the parents
  • Shifting interpersonal boundaries
  • Building conflict resolution skills

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