Family therapy for adolescents with depression and suicidal ideation: A systematic review and meta–analysis

Objective To systematically review and meta-analyze the effectiveness of family therapy compared to other active treatments for adolescents with depressive disorders or suicidal ideation. Method We conducted a systematic search of The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, AMED, CINAHL and Web of Science and performed two meta-analyses of outcomes for depressive […]

Family-focused practices in addictions: A scoping review protocol.

Introduction Families are significantly impacted by addictions and family involvement in treatment can reduce the harms and can also improve treatment entry, treatment completion and treatment outcomes for the individual coping with an addiction. Although the benefits of family-focused practices in addictions have been documented, services continue to have an individual focus and research on this […]

Child- and family-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for pediatric bipolar disorder: A randomized clinical trial

Previous studies have found that family-based psychosocial treatments are effective adjuncts to pharmacotherapy among adults and adolescents with bipolar disorder (BD). The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy of adjunctive child- and family-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CFF-CBT) to psychotherapy as usual (control) for mood symptom severity and global functioning in children with BD. […]

Attachment-based family therapy with a 13-year-old girl presenting with high risk for suicide.

This article describes the application of Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) to the treatment of a 13-year-old female adolescent presenting with high risk of suicide, complicated by a history of depression and sexual trauma. The article begins with an overview of ABFT, including (a) how attachment theory guides treatment; (b) the structure of the clinical model; […]

Family-based preventive interventions: Can the onset of suicidal ideation and behavior be prevented?

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Piloting a therapeutic residential for children, young people and families bereaved through suicide in Northern Ireland.

Families bereaved by suicide can experience an extremely intense and complicated grieving process. This can be associated with a range of difficulties and can put bereaved family members at risk of a range of problems.

In-home intervention with families in distress: Changing places to promote change.

This article examines the benefits of in-home family therapy with severely distressed families through the analysis of four cases that demonstrate the creative use of this intervention with families whose children were placed in a full-time day care facility. Although the efficacy of home intervention with distressed families has been documented, the case illustrations here […]

Attachment-based family therapy interventions.

Attachment-Based Family Therapy is a treatment model designed specifically for depressed and suicidal adolescents. The primary goal of the treatment is to promote developmentally appropriate adolescentÐparent attachment. Three core interventions are discussed: relational reframes; focusing on primary emotions and unmet attachment needs; and facilitating corrective attachment episodes. For each intervention, the theoretical/clinical rationale is presented […]

Changes in parenting behaviors, attachment, depressive symptoms, and suicidal ideation in attachment-based family therapy for depressive and suicidal adolescents.

This study examined whether Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) was associated with decreases in maternal psychological control and increases in maternal psychological autonomy granting, and whether such changes were associated with changes in adolescents’ attachment schema and psychological symptoms. Eighteen suicidal adolescents and their mothers received 12 weeks of ABFT. Maternal psychological control and autonomy granting […]

Family-based crisis intervention with suicidal adolescents in the emergency room: a pilot study.


Engaging parents of suicidal youth in a rural environment.

Engaging caregivers is an essential component of service for at-risk youth. Engagement has been described as specific behaviours (e.g. treatment participation) and attitudes (e.g. therapeutic alliance). Although best practices for working with suicidal youth includes involving parents in the assessment and crisis plan, there has been almost no research on the process that clinicians in […]

Engaging parents of suicidal youth in a rural environment.

Engaging caregivers is an essential component of service for at-risk youth. Engagement has been described as specific behaviours (e.g. treatment participation) and attitudes (e.g. therapeutic alliance). Although best practices for working with suicidal youth includes involving parents in the assessment and crisis plan, there has been almost no research on the process that clinicians in […]

Remembering Tom.

Tom was 18 when he killed himself, leaving his family to deal with the anguish of his death. Remembering Tom explores the tragic aftermath of a young man’s suicide and the painful impact on his family. We meet Tom’s mother, father, sister and brother two years after his death. They convey how they have learned […]

Can spiritual ecograms be utilized in mental health services to promote culturally appropriate family and couples therapy with Indigenous people?

Research addressing the potential utilization of spiritual ecograms with Indigenous families and children, specified by experienced professional in the field of Native-American psychology, was critiqued and reviewed in order to attend to its influence and applicability regarding the literature of Indigenous family therapy, and how it could be beneficial in therapy with Indigenous families. The […]

Utilizing spiritual ecograms with Native American families and children to promote cultural competence in family therapy.

This study signifies an initial step at giving family therapists an important assessment tool as they seek to increase cultural competence with Native American families and children. To determine the relevancy and consistency of utilizing a spiritual ecogram assessment tool with Native Americans, 50 Native American participants, with extensive experience with this population, reviewed, rated, […]

The Widening Scope of Family Therapy for the Elderly (IN: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Suicidal Behavior, edited by R I Yufit & D Lester)

This chapter presents theoretical & therapeutic principles of family therapy in the treatment of suicidal elderly. The premise is that suicide is based on a crisis, often the last in a series of crises. Therefore, the development & fate of these crises & the role of the family in their resolution & cure are also […]

Family Therapy With Suicidal Adolescents

The opening chapter of this book explores why suicide is such a Pandora’s box for therapists. The second chapter examines the scope of adolescent suicide & explores an integrated model of how suicidal etiology develops. Chapter 3 describes the nature of adolescent suicide. Chapter 4 discusses factors that create suicide ideation & actions. Chapter 5 […]

Confronting the Internalized Beast: Suicidal Adolescents and Family Therapy Book Review-Family Therapy With Suicidal Adolescents by A P Jurich


Supportive Short-Term Family Therapy by Nursing Staff in the Inpatient Unit: Preventing Dependence and Rehospitalization in the Acutely ill and Suicidal Adolescent


Use of Simulated Clients in Marriage and Family Therapy Education

Simulted patient modules were created to help clinical faculty address suicidal, homicidal, child maltreatment, & domestic violence situations in a protected learning environment. Quelitative data over the course of 2 years revealed six thematic domains regarding therapists’ performance, therpists’ emotions, the simulation experiences, & lessons learned. Educational, clinical, & research recommendations include tools to implement […]

Comprehending Childhood Bereavement by Parental Suicide: a Critical Review of Research on Outcomes, Grief Processes, and Interventions

This article reviews quantitative & qualitative research on the psychopathological outcomes & thematic characteristics of childhood & adolescent suicide survivorship & moderating variables such as life stressors, stigma, the manner of communication about the suicide, & the surviving parent’s functioning. The authors outline several approaches to intervention & address conceptual & methodological challenges within the […]

Attempted Suicide and the Closed Family System

This presentation discussed a study inspired by the frequent observation that some family members may look upon persons outside of the family as intruders & that this tendency may be related to the development of a suicidal crisis. The presentation focussed on the examination of a tendency in the family system of suicidal persons to […]

Family Therapy, System Theory and Suicidal Behaviour

The recognition that something affecting one family member will impact others in the family led to the development of family therapy. This article examines system theory, the differences between linear & circular thinking, family therapy, family therapy & suicidal behaviour among children & young people, & what research says about effective treatments. A clinical example […]