ERIC Number: EJ889727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
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Challenge and Urgency in Defining Doctoral Education in Marriage and Family Therapy: Valuing Complementary Models
Wampler, Karen S.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v36 n3 p291-306 Jul 2010
In this overview, I comment on the strong theme of the need to define and improve the quality of doctoral education in marriage and family therapy that pervades the three essays. Deficits in research training are the central concern, although the essayists take different perspectives on the nature of the research training needed. The different perspectives can be understood in terms of three different models of doctoral education. The institutional model focuses on professional training with little financial support for students and lower expectations for faculty research. The community of scholars model emphasizes a balance of research and practice with students required to attend full-time and financial support provided. Research is a mix of faculty- and student-driven and is often focused on professional issues. The star researcher model often held out as the ideal, although not yet represented in marital and family therapy (MFT), emphasizes faculty externally funded programmatic research with students working on and supported by faculty grant funding. The value and role of all three models in MFT doctoral education are described and discussed.
Descriptors: Professional Training, Doctoral Programs, Marriage Counseling, Family Counseling, Models, Financial Support, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, Counselor Training, Grants, Student Research, Role
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