Six Types of Clinical Family Client

This clinical model focuses on five phases of the family life cycle. Each phase has unique dynamics and needs. The "/" in re/wedded and re/divorcing notes it may be a stepparent's first union. Key clinical focuses and interventions vary by client type. Typical client adults of each type are unaware of their primary stressors.

Client-family Type

Distinguishing Trait

1) divorcing biofamily  adjusting to mate death, separation, or divorce
2) courtship one or more single bioparents dating seriously
3) non-marital focus presenting problems exclude re/marriage
4) marital focus presenting problems include re/marriage
5) recovering one or both mates want to reduce false-self wounds
6) re/divorcing one or both mates want to end the relationship

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