DEFINING WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO: CLINICAL PRACTIVE PATTERNS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS IN MINNESOTA

Deborh S. Simmons, William J Doherty

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Abstract

The clinical practice patterns of a representative sample of marriage and family therapists (MFTs) were studied. AAMFT clinical members from Minnesota (N = 76) were surveyed for demographic characteristics, educational beckground, and practice‐related issues. subjects also reported empirical data from 119 treatment cases involving 351 clients, a first in the MFT field. Among the major findings were: (a) MFTs practic relatively short‐term therapy with the average case involving 11 sessions over a 4‐month period; (b) therapy with families (average of 8 sessions) and couples (10 sessions) is briefer than individual therapy (14 sessions); and (c) NFTs treat a wide range of serious problems. Overall, MFT clinical practice patterns were comparable to those of other established mental health professions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of marital and family therapy
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1995

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