Marriage and Family Therapy Students’ Experience with Common Factors Training

Stephen T. Fife, Carissa D'Aniello, Sarah Scott, Erin Sullivan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Scopus citations


With the increased empirical and theoretical support for common factors in the psychotherapy literature, marriage and family therapy (MFT) scholars have begun discussing the inclusion of common factors in MFT training. However, there is very little empirical research on common factors training or how to include common factors in MFT curricula. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to investigate MFT students’ experience with common factors training. Seventeen master's degree students who received training in common factors participated in the study. Data was comprised of participants’ journal reflections and focus group interviews on their experience learning about common factors and how this influenced their work with clients. Participants’ responses to the training were overwhelmingly positive and highlighted the ways in which studying common factors enhanced their confidence, understanding of MFT models, conceptual abilities, and clinical practice. Additional results and discussion about incorporating common factors in MFT training are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-205
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2019


Dive into the research topics of 'Marriage and Family Therapy Students’ Experience with Common Factors Training'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this