It is impossible to talk about family therapy development without talking about the family. Without the development of family, there is no need for family therapy. In this chapter, an overview of the development of the family and the problems that they have to deal with in different cultural contexts is introduced. Some key areas that therapists need to focus on while working with families across the globe are also suggested. The remaining chapters expand on the different aspects of the historical beginning, current developments, training issues, theoretical variations, future trends, and research potential in family therapy in 14 different countries. We understand that there are other countries in which family therapy is growing, but on the other hand it is not possible to represent all the countries in the world written in one single volume.
The beginning of the family is tied to the beginning of the human race. No one actually knows the beginning of the family. It is not hard to develop a strong curiosity about the beginnings of the family. What, indeed, was the family like in the Old Stone Age before humans knew how to create fire? Were the roles of husbands and wives as relatively fixed, and were families as relatively stable as they are today? What were some common domestic problems? What was the position of women? And when did men begin to