Family therapy is a type of psychological counselling (psychotherapy) that can help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts.

Family therapy is usually provided by a psychologist, clinical social worker or licensed therapist. Family therapy is often short term. It may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your family’s situation. Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you’re done going to therapy sessions.

Family therapy can help you improve troubled relationships with your partner, children or other family members. You may address specific issues such as marital or financial problems, conflict between parents and children, or the impact of substance abuse or a mental illness on the entire family.

Your family may pursue family therapy along with other types of mental health treatment, especially if one of you has a mental illness or addiction that also requires additional therapy or rehabilitation treatment. For example:

  • Family therapy can help family members cope if a relative has a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia — but the person who has schizophrenia should continue with his or her individualized treatment plan, which may include medications, one-on-one therapy or other treatment.
  • In the case of addiction, the family can attend family therapy while the person who has an addiction participates in residential treatment. Sometimes the family may participate in family therapy even if the person with an addiction hasn’t sought out his or her own treatment.

Family therapy can be useful in any family situation that causes stress, grief, anger or conflict. It can help you and your family members understand one another better and learn coping skills to bring you closer together.

Family counselling is the department add on course provided to the first year MSc Psychology and second-year MSc clinical Psychology students by the department of psychology in association with the Institute of Counselling and Transactional Analysis (ICTA), Kochi. Family counselling is a program of providing information and professional guidance to members of a family concerning specific health matters, such as the care of a severely retarded child or the risk of transmitting a known genetic defect. The main objectives of the course are Describe the process of family counselling in terms of laying down its aims and objectives, the process of assessment and the intervention process in family counselling; Describe the indications and contraindications for applying family counselling, and Critically analyses or evaluate the entire family counselling process. It is a 30-hour programme distributed as 3 hours/ week (the last three hours of every Thursday). Fr. Wilson Mulakal from the ICTA, Kochi was the faculty in charge of the programme. And the same agency provided the certificate for the 21 students after conducting the assignments at the end of the class. The class was started on 9 January 2020. And completed 30 hours on 5 March 2020.

The students expressed that they are enriched and enlightened by this course. They gave a satisfactory report about the course and teacher.