Functional family therapy programs are meant to create a good and positive atmosphere between youth and their family members. These programs are most useful to deal with the problems faced by teenagers and youngsters in the age group of eleven to eighteen. However, experience and history show that even younger children have benefited from these programs.
Functional family therapy involves giving guidance and counseling to all family members in a clinical atmosphere or setting. The therapist will personally guide each member of the family separately or individually, to understand his/her problems carefully. He will have a detailed discussion with each family member to decide why fights happen in the family.
These days, many family problems arise from relationship-related issues; that's why, for a functional family, counseling techniques are important. Marriage counseling and relationship advise is a part of this therapy. Functional therapists can play a vital role in helping people to control their anger outbursts and keep their cool in difficult situations.
Behavioral disorders or problems are quite common these days, and are sincerely addressed. On an average, the number of sessions can be eight to twelve, under normal circumstances. In case of extreme cases, the number can increase accordingly.
Changing times can be more challenging for functional therapists, as the number of people who need assistance are on the rise tremendously due to rising work-related stress. So, to give quality services, they will have to bring innovation in their ways of teaching and suggesting ways for conflict resolution.