INTERNSHIP TRAINING IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY: A SURVEY OF DOCTORAL PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND IMPLEMENTATION

Authors


  • David C. Ivey is Associate Professor and Director of Internship Training, and Karen S. Wampler is Professor and Chair in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Texas Tech University. Contact the First author for reprints or a full-length report at Box 41162, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409–1162; e-mail: DIVEY@TTU.EDU.

  • This project was supported by Faculty Development Grant 96443651, awarded to the first author from the College of Human Science, Texas Tech University. We express our appreciation to the participants and to Fred Piecy for his comments and guidance pertaining to the survey questionnaire. Dr. Wampler's role in the project was exclusively as an educator and researcher. The opinions expressed do not reflect the positions or policies of the Commission on Accreditation for marriage and Family Therapy Education.

Abstract

This article presents the results of a survey that examined the implementation of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) internship requirement by accredited doctoral marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) programs. Representatives from each of 10 doctoral MFT programs provided responses to questions regarding program objectives for internship training. Respondents also provided subjective impressions regarding the effectiveness with which established intership goals are accomplished, associated benefits and difficulties, and adequacy of the standards. Results suggest that although most programs perceive the intership requirement as beneficial, many express concern regarding the effects of the intership requirement on other aspects of training and in relationship to the overall goals for doctoral MFT education. Conclusions and recommendationship to the overall goasls for doctoral MFT education. Conclusions and recommendations are offered based on the mixed findings.

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