SPI therapist associates are bound by the Family Therapy Association of Ireland Code of Ethics.
Diversity & Inclusion
At SPI we hold an awareness that we all live our lives across multiple and diverse experiences. We aim to provide our services in a way that does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, colour, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability or source of income.
As therapists we are committed to providing our services in a way that seeks to encourage openness and honesty in regard to experiences of discrimination. We are committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere of openness, trust, and safety where all attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviours can be freely explored and discussed. We fully embrace providing high quality and multiculturally sensitive services that affirm the dignity, worth and value of all individuals. In doing so, we strive to provide a welcoming and enriching environment that is conducive to the intellectual, emotional, and social development of our diverse community.
Why does systemic therapy work?
Research suggests that family therapy can be effective for a range of purposes. Some supporting evidence includes:
A 2018 review found that family therapy could be useful in treating adult-focused problems, including relationship distress, intimate partner violence, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, alcohol issues, and adjustment to chronic physical illness. (Carr A. Couple therapy, family therapy and systemic interventions for adult‐focused problems: the current evidence base. Journal of Family Therapy. 2019;41(4):492-536. doi:10.1111/1467-6427.12225)
A 2019 study found that family therapy helped improve different areas of family functioning to help teens who were experiencing mental health problems. (Jiménez L, Hidalgo V, Baena S, León A, Lorence B. Effectiveness of structural⁻strategic family therapy in the treatment of adolescents with mental health problems and their families. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(7):1255. doi:10.3390/ijerph16071255)
One 2019 review found that family therapy demonstrated effectiveness in treating conduct problems, emotional problems, eating disorders, somatic problems, and recovery from abuse or neglect. The study also found that it was useful either when utilized independently or as part of a multimodal treatment program. (Carr A. Family therapy and systemic interventions for child-focused problems: the current evidence base: Child-focused problems. Journal of Family Therapy. 2019;41(2):153-213. doi:10.1111/1467-6427.12226)