In This Issue

Family therapy in the schools: Considerations, concerns and credentialing

Possibilities for the expansion of school psychology practice are explained.

By Tony Crespi, EdD, and Alexandra Uscilla

In contemporary society families have experienced profound changes from shared custody arrangements where children move between two households to children raised by single sex couples; today's families often do not structurally resemble images of times past. In addition, problems ranging from familial alcoholism to child abuse have placed additional stress on families. In this climate schools are faced with an increased need to offer assistance, including family therapy. In fact, marriage and family therapists are increasingly looking to schools as a viable outlet for employment. This paper explores stresses on the family, explores home-school connections, and considers contributions school psychologists can offer with appropriate training in family therapy.