Single session family therapy in youth mental health: Can it help?

Liza Hopkins, Stuart Lee, Tess McGrane, Rachel Barbara-May

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Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of single session therapy in meeting the needs of young people and their families on first presentation to a mental health service. Method: We conducted a quantitative analysis of routinely collected data using self- and family member-reported session and outcome rating scales. Results: Both young people and their family members rate single session therapy sessions highly. In addition, both young people and their families rate the young person’s mental health and well-being to have improved after the single session therapy intervention, with mothers rating the young person’s improvement most highly. Conclusions: Single session therapy is an effective tool in improving both self- and parent-rated individual, interpersonal, social and overall well-being for young people presenting to a mental health service.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-111
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Adolescent
  • Family therapy
  • Mental health
  • Single session therapy
  • Young people

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