Purposes, Diversities, and Futures in MFT Doctoral Education

Authors


  • Scott R. Woolley, PhD, Marital and Family Therapy Graduate Programs, Alliant International University. The author wishes to thank Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD, for his helpful suggestion on an earlier draft of this article.

Address correspondence to Scott R. Woolley, PhD, Professor and Systemwide Director, Marital and Family Therapy Graduate Programs, Alliant International University, 10455 Pomerado Road, San Diego, California 92131-1799; E-mail: swoolley@alliant.edu

Abstract

Doctoral education in marital and family therapy (MFT) plays a crucial role in the future of the field. In this article, I write about the purposes, diversities, and futures of MFT doctoral education from the perspective of having hired 18 full-time MFT faculty over the last 13 years. I argue that the field needs well-rounded doctoral-level academics and clinicians who have a solid understanding of the foundations of the field and have mastery around theory, clinical practice, and scholarship in order to advance the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy.

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