Values in family therapy practice and research: An invitation for reflection

Stephen T. Fife, Jason B. Whiting

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Values have been shown to be a pervasive part of both marriage and family therapy (MFT) clinical practice and research. Yet, many therapists and researchers remain unclear about how values affect their work. This article examines the influence of Western philosophical assumptions and therapy traditions in light of current understandings of values in therapy. The influence of values in MFT research processes is similarly examined. Implications for how family therapy professionals can be more reflective and sophisticated in their understanding of values in clinical practice and scientific inquiry are discussed. Suggestions for addressing values in MFT training also are given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-86
Number of pages16
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • Marriage and family Therapy
  • Research
  • Supervision
  • Values


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