Type of therapeutic approach

Studies here have been categorised according to the type of therapeutic approach and consultation that is being researched.

Diamond, G.S., Stern, R. (2003). Attachment based family therapy: Repairing attachment ruptures. In S. Johnson & V. E. Whiffen (Eds.). Attachment Process in Couple and Family Therapy. NY: Guilford Press.

Diamond, G.S., Diamond, G.M., & Levy, S.A. (2014) Attachment Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents. Washington D.C: American Psychological Association.

Ewing, E.S.K., Diamond, G. and Levy, S. (2015) Attachment-based family therapy for depressed and suicidal adolescents: Theory, clinical model and empirical support, Attachment & Human Development, 17(2), pp. 136–156. doi: 10.1080/14616734.2015.1006384.

Levy, S.A., Russon, J. and Diamond, G.M. (2016) Attachment-based family therapy for suicidal Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents: A case study, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 37(2), pp. 190–206. doi: 10.1002/anzf.1151.

This page contains a comprehensive list of ABFT publications.

Fennessy, K. et al. (2015), Systemic Consultation in Intellectual Disability Case Management. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 36: 258–272. doi: 10.1002/anzf.1104

Flåm, A. M. (2019) Situated Expertise; Knowing from Within: Multi-agency and Cross-professional Consultation as Reflecting Practice. International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practices. 9.

Frascarolo, F. et al. (2012) “ Collaboration entre cliniciens et chercheurs autour de la « consultation systémique” : une situation de violence intrafamilialeDevenir 4(24): 315-327. doi : 10.3917/dev

Rhodes, P., Donelly, M., Whatson, L., Brearley, K., Dikian, J., Hansson, A., Franic, T. and Mora, L. (2014), Beyond the Impasse? Systemic Consultation and Understanding Complex Cases. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27: 226–235. doi:10.1111/jar.12068


Arnkil, T.E. (2019) Co-generating Dialogical Spaces: Challenges for Open and Anticipation Dialogues and Dialogical Practices in General. International Journal of Collaborative-Dialogic Practices. 9.

Avdi, E., Vasileia Lerou, V. & Seikkula, J. (2015): Dialogical Features, Therapist Responsiveness, and Agency in a Therapy for Psychosis. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 28(4): 329-341.

Bøe, T. D., Kristoffersen, K., Lidbom, P. A., Lindvig, G. R., Seikkula, J., Ulland, D. and Zachariassen, K. (2015), ‘Through speaking, he finds himself … a bit’: Dialogues Open for Moving and Living through Inviting Attentiveness, Expressive Vitality and New Meaning. Australia & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 36: 167–187. doi:10.1002/anzf.1092

Guregård, S. & Seikkula, J. (2014) Establishing Therapeutic Dialogue with Refugee Families. Contemp Fam Ther, 36: 41. doi:10.1007/s10591-013-9263-5

Lidbom, P. A., Bøe, T. D., Kristoffersen, K., Ulland, D. and Seikkula, J. (2016) Shared Sequences from Network Therapy with Adolescents Only the therapist Finds Meaningful. Australia & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 37: 500–513. doi:10.1002/anzf.1191

Per Arne Lidbom, Tore Dag Bøe, Kjell Kristoffersen, Dagfinn Ulland, Jaakko Seikkula (2014) A Study of a Network Meeting: Exploring the Interplay between Inner and Outer Dialogues in Significant and Meaningful Moments. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 35: 136–149. doi:10.1002/anzf.1052

Rober, P., Elliott, R., Buysse, A., Loots, G. & De Corte, K. (2008) Positioning in the therapist's inner conversation:a dialogical model based on a grounded theory analysis of therapist reflections.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34( 3): 406-421.

Seikkula, J., Laitila, A. & Rober, P. (2012) Making Sense of Multi-Actor Dialogues in Family Therapy and Network Meetings Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38(4): 667-87

Vall, B., Seikkula, J., Laitila, A. & Botella, L. (2014) Increasing responsibility, safety, and trust through a dialogical approach: A case study in couple therapy for psychological abusive behavior. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 25(4): 275-299.

Cloutier, P.F., Manion, I.G., Walker, J.G. & Johnson, S.M. (2002) Emotionally focused interventions for couples with chronically ill children: a 2-year follow-up. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 28: 391-398.

Greenman, P. & Johnson, S. (2013) Process research on EFT for couples: Linking theory to practice. Family Process, Special Issue: Couple Therapy, 52(1): 46-61.

Halchuk, R., Makinen, J. & Johnson, S.M. (2010) Resolving attachment injuries in couples using emotionally focused therapy: A 3 year follow-up. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 9: 31-47. doi:10.1080/15332690903473069

Koren, R., Woolley, S. R., Danis, I. and Török, S. (2020). Measuring the Effectiveness of the Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship Training in Hungary done through Translation. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 00, 1- 17. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12443


Lafrance Robinson, A., Dolhanty, J., Stillar, A., Henderson, K., and Mayman, S. (2016) Emotion-Focused Family Therapy for Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan: A Pilot Study of a 2-Day Transdiagnostic Intervention for Parents. Clin. Psychol. Psychother., 23: 14–23. doi: 10.1002/cpp.1933.

Sandberg, J. G., Rodríguez‐González, M., Pereyra, S., Lybbert, R., Perez, L., Willis, K. ( 2019). The Experience of Learning EFT in Spanish‐speaking Countries: A Multi‐National Replication Study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 46, 256– 271. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12383

Stavrianopoulos, K., Faller, G. & Furrow, J.L. (2014) Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Facilitating Change Within a Family System. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 13(1): 25-43. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15332691.2014.865976

Celinska, K., Furrer, S., & Cheng, C.-C. (2013). An outcome-based evaluation of Functional Family Therapy for youth with behavior problems. OJJDP Journal of Juvenile Justice, 2(2), 23-36.

Hartnett, D., Carr, A., Hamilton, E. and O'Reilly, G. (2017), The Effectiveness of Functional Family Therapy for Adolescent Behavioral and Substance Misuse Problems: A Meta-Analysis. Family Process, 56: 607–619. doi:10.1111/famp.12256

Sexton, T., & Turner, C. W. (2010). The effectiveness of Functional Family Therapy for youth with behavioral problems in a community practice setting. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(3), 339-348.

Vardanian, M. M., Scavenius, C., Granski, M., Chacko, A.. ( 2020). An international examination of the effectiveness of Functional Family Therapy (FFT) in a Danish community sample. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 46, 289– 303. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12405

Asen, E & Fonagy, P. (2020) Mentalisation in systemic therapy and its empirical evidence. in M. Ochs, M. Borsca & J. Schweitzer (eds) Systemic Research in Individual, Couple and Family Therapy and Counseling. Springer

Gelin, Z., Fuso, S., Hendrick, S., Cook-Darzens, S. and Simon, Y. (2015) The Effects of a Multiple Family Therapy on Adolescents with Eating Disorders: An Outcome Study. Family Process, 54(1): 160–172.

Hellemans, S. et al (2011) Therapeutic processes in multi-family groups for major depression: Results of an interpretative phenomenological study. Journal of Affective Disorders 134(1-3) 226-34

Keiley, M. K., Zaremba-Morgan, A., Datubo-Brown, C., Pyle, R. and Cox, M. (2015). Multiple-family group intervention for incarcerated male adolescents who sexually offend and their families: Change in maladaptive emotion regulation predicts adaptive change in adolescent behaviors. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41: 324–339. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12078

King, L.Y. (2012) A multiple-family group with youngsters who refuse to attend school: Learning and implications for School-Based Family Counseling. International Journal for School-Based Family Counseling. Volume IV.

Kratochwill, T.R., McDonald, L., Levin, J.R., Scalia, P.A. & Coover, G. (2009) Families and schools together: An experimental study of multi-family support groups for children at risk. Journal of School Psychology 47: 245–265

Wiseman, H., Ensoll, S., Russouw, L., & Butler, C. (2019). Multi-Family Therapy for young people with Anorexia Nervosa: Clinicians and carers’ perspectives on systemic changes. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 38(3), 67-83. https://doi.org/10.1521/jsyt.2019.38.3.67

Henderson, C.E., Dakof, G.A., Greenbaum, P.E. & Liddle, H.A. (2010) Effectiveness of multidimensional family therapy with higher severity substance-abusing adolescents: Report from two randomized controlled trials. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 78(6): 885-897.

Liddle, H.A. (2016) Multidimensional family therapy: Evidence base for transdiagnostic treatment outcomes, change mechanisms and implementation in community settings. Family Process, 55(3): 558–576.

This document lists published MST outcome, implementation and benchmarking studies.

Fonagy, P., Butler, S.M., Cottrell, D., Scott, S.B. et al (2020) Multisystemic therapy versus management as usual in the treatment of adolescent antisocial behaviour (START): 5-year follow-up of a pragmatic, randomised, controlled, superiority trial. The Lancet Psychiatry 7(5):420-430

Hefti, S., Pérez, T., Fürstenau, U., Rhiner, B., Swenson, C. C., Schmid, M. ( 2020). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jmft.12367?campaign=woletoc Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect: Do Parents Show Improvement in Parental Mental Health Problems and Parental Stress?. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 46, 95– 109. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12367

Henggeler, S. W. and Schaeffer, C. M. (2016) Multisystemic Therapy®: Clinical Overview, Outcomes, and Implementation Research. Family Process, 55: 514–528. doi:10.1111/famp.12232

Jethwa, J., Glorney, E., Adhyaru, J. and Lawson, A. (2019), A grounded theory of multisystemic therapist roles in achieving positive outcomes for young people and families. Journal of Family Therapy. doi:10.1111/1467-6427.12287

Klietz, S.J., Borduin, C.M. & Schaeffer, C.M. (2010) Cost-benefit analysis of multisystemic therapy with serious and violent juvenile offenders. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(5): 657-666.

Sawyer, A.M. & Borduin, C.M. (2011) Effects of multisystemic therapy through midlife: A 21.9-year follow-up to a randomized clinical trial with serious and violent offenders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79(5): 643-652.

Baú, V. (2016) A narrative approach to evaluation: 'Narratives of Change' method. Qualitative Research Journal, 16(4): 374-387

Ghavibazou, E., Hosseinian, S. and Abdollahi, A. (2020), Effectiveness of Narrative Therapy on Communication Patterns for Women Experiencing Low Marital Satisfaction. Aust N Z J Fam Ther. doi:10.1002/anzf.1405

Kogan, S.M and Gale, J.E. (1997) Decentering therapy: textual analysis of a narrative therapy session. Family Process, 36: 101-126.

O'Connor, T. S. J., Meakes, E., Pickering, M. R., & Schuman, M. (1997). On the Right Track: Client Experience of Narrative Therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy, 19(4): 479-495.

O’Connor, T. S. J., Davis, A., Meakes, E., Pickering, R., & Schuman, M. (2004). Narrative Therapy Using a Reflecting Team: An Ethnographic Study of Therapists' Experiences. Contemporary Family Therapy, 26(1): 23-39.

Sequeira, J. & Alarcão, M. (2013) Assessment System Of Narrative Change. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 32(4): 33–51.

Vromans, L.P. & Schweitzer, R.D. (2011) Narrative therapy for adults with major depressive disorder: Improved symptom and interpersonal outcomes. Psychotherapy Research, 21: 4-15.

Attwood, J., Butler, C., Rogers, L., Batterham, M., Cousins, L. and Wilson, R. (2020), Non Violent Resistance parent training and adolescent substance misuse. Journal of Family Therapy, 42: 222-251. doi:10.1111/1467-6427.12257

Hicks, S., Jakob, P. and Kustner, C. (2020), Engaging a family’s support network in non‐violent resistance: the experiences of supporters. Journal of Family Therapy, 42: 252-270. doi:10.1111/1467-6427.12261

Lavi-Levavi, I., Shachar, I. & Omer, H.. (2013) Training In Nonviolent Resistance For Parents Of Violent Children: Differences Between Fathers And Mothers. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 32(4): 79–93. doi: 10.1521/jsyt.2013.32.4.79

Seikkula, J. (2020) From research on dialogical practice to dialogical research: Open Dialogue is based on a continuous scientific analysis.  in M. Ochs, M. Borsca & J. Schweitzer (eds) Systemic Research in Individual, Couple and Family Therapy and Counseling. Springer

Schubert, S., Rhodes, P. and Buus, N. (2020), Transformation of professional identity: an exploration of psychologists and psychiatrists implementing Open Dialogue. Journal of Family Therapy. doi:10.1111/1467-6427.12289

Allan, R., Klarenbeek‐McKenna, M. & Day, D. (2019) 'Somebody watching you': Impact of reflecting teams on hope in couple relationships. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. 40 (4) pp 383-399

Armstrong, K., Underhill, J., Epstein, K., Metzler, T.J., Sendowski, T.D., O'Connor, A., Norona, J.C. and Ihle, E.C. (2019) Looking into the One‐way Mirror: A Pilot Study on the Impact of Reflecting Teams on Family Members. Family Process., 58: 819-831. doi:10.1111/famp.12386

Fennessy, K. et al. (2015), Systemic Consultation in Intellectual Disability Case Management. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 36: 258–272. doi: 10.1002/anzf.1104

Frascarolo, F. et al. (2012) “ Collaboration entre cliniciens et chercheurs autour de la « consultation systémique” : une situation de violence intrafamilialeDevenir 4(24): 315-327. doi : 10.3917/dev

Rhodes, P., Donelly, M., Whatson, L., Brearley, K., Dikian, J., Hansson, A., Franic, T. and Mora, L. (2014), Beyond the Impasse? Systemic Consultation and Understanding Complex Cases. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27: 226–235. doi:10.1111/jar.12068

Solution focused brief therapy

Franklin, C., Zhang, A., Froerer, A., & Johnson, S. (2016) Solution Focused Brief Therapy: A Systematic Review and Meta‐Summary of Process Research. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Lloyd, H. and Dallos, R. (2008), First session solution‐focused brief therapy with families who have a child with severe intellectual disabilities: mothers' experiences and views. Journal of Family Therapy, 30: 5-28. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6427.2008.00413.x

Lloyd, H., & Dallos, R. (2006). Solution-focused Brief Therapy with Families Who Have a Child with Intellectual Disabilities: A Description of the Content of Initial Sessions and the Processes. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 11(3), 367–386. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359104506064982

Nau, D. S. & Shilts, L.(2009) When to Use the Miracle Question: Clues From a Qualitative Study of Four SFBT Practitioners. Journal of Systemic Therapies 19, 1, 129-135


Strategic family therapy

Santisteban, D. A., et al (2003). Efficacy of brief strategic family therapy in modifying Hispanic adolescent behavior problems and substance use. Journal of Family Psychology, 17(1): 121-133 

Szapocznik, J., Schwartz, S.J., Muir, J.A. & Brown, C.H. (2012) Brief Strategic Family Therapy: An intervention to reduce adolescent risk behavior. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 1(2): 134-145. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0029002


Structural family therapy

Weaver, A. et al. (2013) Effects of Structural Family Therapy on Child and Maternal Mental Health Symptomatology. Research on Social Work Practice, 23(3): 294-303.

Evidence and outcome studies

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Process research

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Topics

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Methodologies

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Tavistock Systemic Doctoral Research Theses.

Doctoral systemic and family therapy research carried out on the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock. Many full texts...

Other Systemic Doctorate and PhD Research Theses

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Masters research dissertations

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