Behavioural family interventions are a practical, evidence-based approach focusing on psychoeducation and the development of skills. This approach involves sharing information with the individual and their family about their diagnosis and the support that is available. The aims of family interventions are to reduce stress, improve understanding, and enhance communication and problem solving within the family. The therapist and the family work collaboratively, drawing on the expertise of the therapist along with the wisdom and strengths of the individual and their family.
Research evidence shows that family interventions can effectively help people cope with stress and promote recovery. They can be helpful for people and their families experiencing a range of mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression and eating disorders, as well as those living with neurodiversity (such as ADHD and ASD).
A thorough assessment is recommended to ensure the intervention is responsive to the needs of the individual and their family. Typically, 10-14 sessions of a structured, yet flexible, family intervention is most likely to be beneficial.