Characteristics and Clinical Practices of Rural Marriage and Family Therapists


  • James Morris, PhD, Department of Applied and Professional Studies, Texas Tech University.

  • The author expresses his appreciation to William Northey and David Bergman.

Address correspondence to James Morris, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, c/o 102 E. San Antonio, #D, Fredericksburg, TX 78624; E-mail:


This report presents a subset of data collected from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Practice Research Network project conducted in 2002. A sample of 47 clinical members of AAMFT who indicated they practiced in a rural community provided descriptive information on demographic characteristics, training, clinical practices, and treatment of substance abuse disorders. Similarities and differences with the demographic characteristics and practice patterns of the overall sample of 285 are discussed.