Research - has shown that systemic family and couple therapy is as effective - and in many cases more effective - than alternative interventions, often at a lower cost. See Information sheet on Research.
AFT has created a range of resources for AFT members and others interested in the development of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy and systemic practice. These include
The Evidence Base of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (September 2016) for the effectiveness of systemic and family therapy across the full range of applications. Recently updated, also see the member area.
A detailed mapping of systemic competences with an emphasis on those for which there is evidence of effectiveness . The competences were the basis for formulation of the National Occupational Standards for Family Therapy . The process and implications are described in a paper by Stratton et al in the Journal of Family Therapy 2011.
A comprehensive survey of outcome research listing (PDF), summarising and coding all 225 articles published between 2000 and 2009. Published by Stratton, P et al (2015) Couples and Famioy Therapy in the Previous Decade - What does the evidence tell us? Contemporary Family Therapy. 27.1-12
What does research tell us about Family Therapy? (PDF) - AFT information sheet for members of the public considering therapy
The Family Therapy and Systemic Research Centre develops, supports and promotes research in systemic and family therapy, as a resource for all family therapy and systemic practitioners. Our aim is to make systemic research visible and easily accessible to the public and practitioners. We think it is important to build a strong and connected systemic research community, to support clinician-researchers and to encourage new research.
We maintain a small database of family therapy and systemic research. Here you will find research on outcomes and effectiveness of systemic therapy, important to families, as well as to commissioners and policymakers. Clinicians, systemic consultants and practitioners will find qualitative and process research studies which will be relevant and applicable to their everyday practice. Researchers will find studies categorised under topics and research methodologies to enable their own research. We have included links to systemic researchers in the UK and internationally alongside their key research interests.
For outcome and evaluation studies click here.
FTSRC has a distribution list through which relevant research articles, courses and seminars are regularly circulated. Please email Cburck@tavi-port.nhs.uk to join our distribution list.
Examples of people who have produced major research studies of family therapy and whose many valuable articles are available for download from their websites, include: