The presence of the family Thirty years of family therapy in public services In Italy, family therapy developed strong connections with institutions, mainly with mental health Services. After the passing of the Law 180 (psychiatric reform), in 1978, family therapy was implemented with growing frequency within the National Health Service. This development contributed to the characterization of family therapy in the European panorama, on the one hand, and to the growth of different approaches, on the other. The various approaches contain such features as: creativity, multidisciplinarity and community based orientation. They express thirty years of dialogue between schools of family therapy and psychiatric Services. Keywords: family therapy, psychiatric services, schizophrenia, psychoeducation.