For children and adolescent clients, we can conduct family therapy as needed. As products of their environment, children especially are molded by their caregivers. To that extent, they have little control over situations impacting them as young children, with more control as they progress through adolescence.
As my experience in Community Mental Health as a children's therapist, I have found that working with the parent/caregiver is of utmost importance in therapeutic success. The more parental involvement in their child's therapy interventions, the better results in therapy! I encourage parents to request a family therapy session whenever they think a situation needs addressing in therapy, as I may also suggest a family session if an issue needs addressing that is better suited for a family therapy session. Often, the family therapy "portion" of the session need not take the entire hour, especially if the client wants to have their individual time!