Formal interventions with families to encourage people and families encountering different sorts of issues have been a piece of numerous societies, most likely since the beginning. These mediations have now and again included formal methodology or customs, and regularly incorporated the more distant family and additionally non-kin members of the community. Following the development of specialization in different social orders, these mediations were regularly directed by specific individuals from a network – for instance, a boss, minister, doctor, – as a rule as an auxiliary function.
Family therapy as a particular expert practice inside Western societies can be contended to have had its sources in the social work developments of the nineteenth century in the United Kingdom and the United States. As a part of psychotherapy, its foundations can be followed to some degree later to the mid twentieth century with the rise of the child guidance development and marriage counseling. The formal improvement of family treatment dates from the 1940s and mid 1950s with the establishing in 1942 of the American Association of Marriage Counselors, and through crafted by different autonomous clinicians and gatherings – in the United Kingdom (John Bowlby at the Tavistock Clinic), the United States (Donald deAvila Jackson, John Elderkin Bell, Nathan Ackerman, Christian Midelfort, Theodore Lidz, Lyman Wynne, Murray Bowen, Carl Whitaker, Virginia Satir, Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy), and in Hungary, D.L.P. Liebermann – who started seeing relatives together for perception or treatment sessions.13 There was at first a solid impact from analysis (the vast majority of the early organizers of the field had psychoanalytic foundations) and social psychiatry, and later from learning hypothesis and conduct treatment – and altogether, these clinicians started to explain different speculations about the nature and working of the family as an element that was in excess a mere aggregation of individuals.