ERIC Number: EJ898146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Training Family Therapists to Work with Children and Families: A Modified Delphi Study
Sori, Catherine Ford; Sprenkle, Douglas H.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v30 n4 p479-495 Oct 2004
This study examined child inclusion issues and training marriage and family therapists (MFTs) to treat children. This modified Delphi study utilized a panel of experts, and gathered data through questionnaires and qualitative interviews. Panelists believe children should participate in family therapy sessions for both child and adult problems, except when parents are discussing sex or sensitive issues. Child-focused courses should emphasize developmental issues, engaging techniques, theoretical issues, play therapy theory, MFT treatment for child disorders, and specific child/family problems. Panelists suggest numerous child-focused references, but reached consensus for only one. Key therapist attributes and skills were identified. Deductive and inductive training methods and the role of supervision were highlighted. Although therapist playfulness and creativity were emphasized, few play techniques were included in the final profile.
Descriptors: Delphi Technique, Counseling Techniques, Family Problems, Marriage Counseling, Family Counseling, Training Methods, Therapy, Play Therapy, Questionnaires, Interviews, Child Development, Counselor Training, Creativity, Counseling Effectiveness, Role, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship
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