It is techniques used to train caregivers (most commonly parents) with techniques of play therapy which can be used at home with their children. It incorporates family as the main agents of therapy hence making them critical to therapeutic relationship. Therapist trains and supervise the family members generally caregivers to aid them in resolving the challenges. It does not focus on parent or the child but on the relationship between them. It works on the principles of psychodynamic and behavioural approach simultaneously focusing on the family systems. Filial therapy involves several stages and techniques and it is usually organised in a group setting. The basic techniques used in the therapy are child-centred, non-invasive techniques like structuring, limit setting, empathetic listening and child centered imaginary playing.
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