Todd M. Edwards, PhD, Professor and Program Director, Marital and Family Therapy Program, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego; Jo Ellen Patterson, PhD, Professor, Marital and Family Therapy Program, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego.
The Daily Events and Emotions of Master’s-level Family Therapy Trainees in Off-campus Practicum Settings
Version of Record online: 13 JUN 2012
© 2012 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 688–696, October 2012
How to Cite
Edwards, T. M. and Patterson, J. E. (2012), The Daily Events and Emotions of Master’s-level Family Therapy Trainees in Off-campus Practicum Settings. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38: 688–696. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2012.00263.x
- Issue online: 15 OCT 2012
- Version of Record online: 13 JUN 2012
The Day Reconstruction Method (DRM) was used to assess the daily events and emotions of one program’s master’s-level family therapy trainees in off-campus practicum settings. This study examines the DRM reports of 35 family therapy trainees in the second year of their master’s program in marriage and family therapy. Four themes emerged from the results: (i) Personal contact with peers-in-training engenders the most positive emotions during practicum; (ii) Trainees experience more positive emotions during therapy with families and couples in comparison with therapy with individuals; (iii) Positive affect increases over the course of a student’s practicum year; and (iv) Trainees experience less positive affect in individual supervision in comparison with most other training activities. Flow theory offers guidance for supervisors helping trainees face developmental challenges of clinical training.