Common Factors' Role in Accredited MFT Training Programs

Carissa D'Aniello-Heyda, Stephen T. Fife

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Common factors proponents discuss the benefits and methods of including common factors in marriage and family therapy (MFT) training; yet there are no empirical investigations of how common factors are incorporated into MFT curricula. The purpose of this study was to obtain a baseline understanding of common factors' role in MFT training. Thirty-one directors of COAMFTE- and CACREP-accredited MFT training programs responded to a survey about the inclusion of common factors in their training program, as well as the benefits, challenges, and students' reactions to common factors training. Findings show that common factors are regularly included in MFT training programs and have garnered largely positive responses. Additional results are discussed regarding the implications of common factors in MFT training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-604
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2017


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