CURRICULUM CHANGES TO MEET CHALLENGES: PREPARING MFT STUDENTS FOR MANAGED CARE SETTINGS

Authors

  • Jo Ellen Patterson,

    1. University of San Diego
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    • Jo Ellen Patterson, PhD, is Director and Associalte Professor of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Unviersity o San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110.

  • Moises Baron,

    1. University of San Diego
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    • Leita McIntosh-Koontz, MA, is a graduate of the University o San Diego MFT Program.

  • Leita McIntosh-Koontz,

    1. University of San Diego
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    • Moises baron, PhD, is Adjunct Faculty in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and Director of the counseling center at the University of San Diego.

  • Richard Bischoff

    1. University of San Diego
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    • Richard Bischoff, PhD, is an assistant Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and Director o the Counseling Center at the Unvierssity of San Diego.


Abstract

Fledgling therapists who graduate from family therapy traning programs will have to navigate the world of managed care. In this article, faculty of University of San Diego share changes in its accredited training program that prepare students for practice in an increasingly multidisciplinary world where health maintenence organizations and other versions of managed care predominate. The paper touches on contextual issues, provides a detailed outline of coursework presenting basic knowledge and skills involved in clinical pracice in a managed care environment, and comments on clinical placements and the challenge of helping the next generation of clinicans “fit” into the future of health care delivery while maintaining their unique identity as family therapists.

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