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bifocal family therapy

Bifocal family therapy, derived from psychoanalytic and group therapy methods, combines nondirective, directive, and manipulative techniques. The goal is to change deadlocked family systems. This therapy especially focuses on removing schizophrenic patients from the role of the family outsider. It is one of the few therapeutic methods developed within an institutional setting and is designed to take into consideration the conditions prevailing in a psychiatric hospital.

Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)