Deborah S. Simmons, PhD, is a marriage and family therapist in private practice at PACIFICA Center, 6465 Wayzata Blvd., # 115, St. Louis, MN 55426.
DOES ACADEMIC TRAINING BACKGROUND MAKE A DIFFERENCE AMONG PRACTICING MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS?
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 321–336, July 1998
How to Cite
Simmons, D. S. and Doherty, W. J. (1998), DOES ACADEMIC TRAINING BACKGROUND MAKE A DIFFERENCE AMONG PRACTICING MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS?. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 24: 321–336. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1998.tb01088.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
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 pracice 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 thier 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.