Patricia Cole, PhD, is Associate Professor of Family Therapy and Family Business at Nova Southeastern University; Kit Johnson, PhD, is Part Time Faculty in the School of Public Service Leadership at Capella University and a family business consultant in Boca Raton, Florida.
A Perfect Fit: Connecting Family Therapy Skills To Family Business Needs
Article first published online: 18 MAY 2012
© 2012 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 38, Issue Supplement s1, pages 63–71, June 2012
How to Cite
Cole, P. M. and Johnson, K. (2012), A Perfect Fit: Connecting Family Therapy Skills To Family Business Needs. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38: 63–71. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2012.00300.x
Special thanks to Melissa Harper, PhD and Cynthia Somers, PhD.
- Issue published online: 6 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 18 MAY 2012
The purpose of this article is to encourage family therapists to become more interested in family business practice. It does so in three ways: (a) highlighting the number of therapists already involved in family business issues; (b) showing the parallels between family business and family therapy by applying family business research findings to couples therapy; (c) discussing how family therapists already have the practice wisdom to be effective in working with family business clients. Limitations of this practice are also discussed along with suggestions for overcoming them.