Training experiences of international doctoral students in marriage and family therapy

Mona Mittal, Elizabeth Wieling

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Recognizing mental health needs of diverse populations, emphasizing cultural diversity, and recruiting ethnic minority students are important foci of current of marriage and family therapy training programs. However, the profession has made little progress in identifying the needs and experiences of its international students and practitioners. This research examines the experiences of doctoral-level international students across the areas of theory, clinical training, supervision, practice, and research. A qualitative methodological approach was used to explore the research questions. Thirteen in-depth interviews were conducted. Findings revealed that most respondents experienced some adjustment problems, want more academic and career support, and need increased recognition for their cultural differences. Recommendations for training international students are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-383
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of marital and family therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006


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