Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Dismissing Students From MFT Training Programs

Jennifer M. Sampson, Holli M. Kelly-Trombley, J. Max Zubatsky, Steven M. Harris

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Dismissing a student from an MFT training program can be challenging from an ethical and professional perspective. A thorough review of the literature regarding dismissal procedures in MFT training programs was conducted in order to increase discussion around circumstances under which dismissal is warranted and necessary for the protection of the public, the student, and the profession with specific attention to the dismissal process. The authors present the current state of the literature, include a case scenario for facilitating a conversation about this topic, and provide guiding principles for faculty and supervisors who might engage in a dismissal process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


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