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.
Purposes, Diversities, and Futures in MFT Doctoral Education
Article first published online: 14 OCT 2009
© 2010 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 36, Issue 3, pages 282–290, July 2010
How to Cite
Woolley, S. R. (2010), Purposes, Diversities, and Futures in MFT Doctoral Education. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 36: 282–290. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2009.00160.x
- Issue published online: 7 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 14 OCT 2009
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.