Does academic training background make a difference among practicing marriage and family therapists?

Deborah S. Simmons, William J. Doherty

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Abstract

Using a national sample of practicing marriage and family therapists (MFTs) and their clients, this study investigated whether academic training background is associated with differences in practice patterns and client outcomes. Clinical members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy with academic training in psychology, social work, counseling, and marriage and family therapy were compared on a wide range of clinical practice variables, and their clients were surveyed about their satisfaction and outcomes. Results showed highly similar practice patterns and client outcomes across all four disciplinary groups. Although the findings showed little evidence for the uniqueness of academic marriage and family therapy training among experienced MFTs, they also refute the notion that therapists trained in MFT degree programs practice in unusual or inferior ways compared to MFTs trained originally in other mental health disciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-336
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of marital and family therapy
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1998

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