Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Basilia (Lia) Softas-Nall
Family counseling may be beneficial when a family member or several members of the family experience difficulties with communication, balancing home and work, the loss of a family member, trauma, divorce conflicts, issues in blended or remarried families, family violence, substance abuse, or behavioral or school problems in children. Family counselors practice in community mental health agencies, managed care organizations, hospitals, private practice, employee assistance programs, and other settings. They provide individual, couples, and family counseling; prevention programs, including parent education programs; crisis management, and other intervention and educational services. Consumers of family counseling are best served by asking for a referral from someone they trust to find out if the counselor is a good fit for themselves and their family members. It may be necessary to schedule an initial consultation to determine if a particular family will work well with a particular counselor. The field of family counseling evolved ...