The founders of family therapy claimed that failure to look at the wider context of the problem severely limits the understanding of the problem and leads to overlooking useful, and even simple, solutions.
Minuchin found that he got much farther much faster in dealing with delinquent youth if he included their family in treatment (Minuchin, 1967).
Bowen found that psychiatric residents in individual therapy with him did not progress nearly as quickly as residents participating in his family־of־origin coaching, working through their reactivity in the primary parental triangle (Bowen, 1985a). Erickson and
Haley found that defining the client’s resistance as interactional enabled them to create novel and effective approaches to anxiety about change