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network therapy

This form of therapeutic intervention is used with larger social systems. Relatives, friends, neighbors, involved professionals, and other persons who appear relevant to the problem family are involved in the therapeutic process. Because this involves a large number of people (the average size of a network group of a typical, urban middle-class family is about 40 people), a qualified therapeutic team is required.

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)