PRACTITIONER PROFILES AND PRACTICE PATTERNS FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS IN UTAH

Authors


  • Thorana S. Nelson, PhD, is Director of the MFT Program and Associate Professor, 2700 Old Main Hill, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-2700; e-mail: tnelson@cc.usu.edu.

  • Thane R. Palmer, MS, is a Family Therapist with Cross Creek Manor Residential Treatment Center, 180 N. State, Laverkin, UT 84745; e-mail: thpalmer@sginet.com. We would like to thank William Doherty and Deborah Simmons for making the Practice Pattern Survey available to us and the reviewers fo their helpful comments.

Abstract

This report presents the results of a survey of practitioner profiles and practice patterns for marriage and family therapists (MFTs) in Utah. A sample of 77 clinical members of the Utah Association for Marriage and Family Therapy provided descriptive information on their demographics, training, years of experience, and specific information about their practice of MFT. The findings indicate that clinical members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in Utah are a mostly male, white, and highly educated group of practitioners who hold primary licensure in MFT and identify themselves primarily as MFTs. Similarities and differences with practice patterns research in Minnesota and 15 other states are discussed.

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