Keeping the Family in Focus at an HIV/AIDS Pediatric Clinic

Maureen P. Davey, Tracey M. Duncan, Jill Foster, Katrina Milton

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As the subdiscipline of medical family therapy grows, collaborative partnerships between family therapy programs and HIV/AIDS clinics represent a promising opportunity to systemically address the medical, intrapersonal, and interpersonal issues that often arise when a family member is coping with the diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS. This article highlights a successful collaboration between Drexel's Couple and Family Therapy Program and a Pediatric and Adolescent HIV/AIDS clinic at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. The authors describe a brief history of St. Christopher's Pediatric and Adolescent HIV/AIDS clinic and its transition from a more traditional nonfamily therapy model to one that is systemic. An illustrative case example and lessons learned about developing successful collaborations with HIV/AIDS clinics are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-355
Number of pages6
JournalFamilies, Systems and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • collaborative team building
  • medical family therapy
  • pediatric HIV/AIDS


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