ERIC Number: EJ889731
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
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The Research-Informed Clinician: A Guide to Training the Next-Generation MFT
Karam, Eli A.; Sprenkle, Douglas H.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v36 n3 p307-319 Jul 2010
The gap between clinical research and practice is a major challenge facing marriage and family therapy (MFT) training programs. Until now, the answer to bridge this gap has primarily been the Boulder Scientist-Practitioner Model. Although realistic for doctoral students, it may not be a good fit for MFT master's students who have primarily clinical career ambitions--which we believe is a legitimate and positive career choice. The following article articulates a "research informed" perspective as opposed to the scientist-practitioner framework as a research-training model for clinically oriented MFT master's programs. After articulating the similarities and differences between these two approaches, the authors outline 10 practical ideas to integrate research into programs that desire to remain clinical in focus, but also research informed.
Descriptors: Career Choice, Family Counseling, Scientific Research, Therapy, Theory Practice Relationship, Marriage Counseling, Counselor Training, Graduate Students, Masters Degrees, Guidelines, Models, Clinical Experience
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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