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Clinical Methods in Medical Family Therapy

  • Tai Mendenhall
  • Angela Lamson
  • Jennifer Hodgson
  • Macaran Baird
  • Illustrates MedFT research-informed practices

  • Describes formal MedFT competency-domains

  • Offers case scenarios and practice questions for classroom use


Part of the Focused Issues in Family Therapy book series (FIFT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Angela Lamson, Jennifer Hodgson, Tai Mendenhall
    Pages 1-14
  3. Medical Family Therapy in Primary Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Jennifer Hodgson, Lisa Trump, Grace Wilson, Diego Garcia-Huidobro
      Pages 17-59
    3. Keeley Pratt, Catherine Van Fossen, Katharine Didericksen, Rola Aamar, Jerica Berge
      Pages 61-85
    4. Jennifer Harsh, Rachel Bonnema
      Pages 87-110
  4. Medical Family Therapy in Secondary Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Angela Lamson, Jessica Goodman
      Pages 113-146
    3. Angela Lamson, Kenneth Phelps, Ashley Jones, Rebecca Bagley
      Pages 147-179
    4. Rosanne Kassekert, Tai Mendenhall
      Pages 181-206
    5. Talia Zaider, Peter Steinglass
      Pages 207-230
    6. Kenneth Phelps, Jennifer Hodgson, Alison Heru, Jakob Jensen
      Pages 231-259
  5. Medical Family Therapy in Tertiary Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Jackie Williams-Reade, Stephanie Trudeau
      Pages 263-292
    3. Max Zubatsky, Tai Mendenhall
      Pages 293-319
    4. Kristy Soloski, Jaclyn Cravens Pickens
      Pages 321-354
  6. Medical Family Therapy in Unique Care Contexts and Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-355
    2. Jennifer Hodgson, Angela Lamson, Rola Aamar, Francisco Limon
      Pages 357-400
    3. Tai Mendenhall, William Doherty, Elizabeth “Nan” LittleWalker, Jerica Berge
      Pages 401-429
    4. Tai Mendenhall, Jonathan Bundt, Cigdem Yumbul
      Pages 431-461

About this book


This landmark text describes research-informed practices and applications of Medical Family Therapy (MedFT) across an array of care environments and clinical populations. It is a timely release for a rapidly growing field and ably contextualizes MedFT within a myriad of areas, including family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, alcohol and drug treatment, community health centers, and military and veteran health systems.

 It includes the work of the most innovative leaders in the field, who expertly:

  • illustrate commonplace challenges with which MedFTs engage
  • describe the make-up of care teams tailored for each chapter’s focus environment
  • highlight fundamental knowledge and essential practical skillsets
  • discuss clinical, teaching, supervisory, research, and policy efforts

Clinical Methods in Medical Family Therapy is essential reading for the increasing numbers of behavioral health workforce members across a wealth of disciplines including family therapy, social work, and psychology. This text is an excellent addition to the literature for use in the growing number of MedFT degree granting and certificate programs.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tai Mendenhall
    • 1
  • Angela Lamson
    • 2
  • Jennifer Hodgson
    • 3
  • Macaran Baird
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Family Social ScienceUniversity of MinnesotaSaint PaulUSA
  2. 2.Department of Human Development and Family ScienceEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Human Development and Family ScienceEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA
  4. 4.Family Medicine and Community HealthUniversity of Minnesota Medical SchoolMinneapolisUSA

About the editors

Tai Mendenhall, Ph.D., LMFT, is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota (UMN) in the Department of Family Social Science, Associate Director of the UMN’s Citizen Professional Center, and Director of the UMN’s Medical Reserve Corps’ Mental Health Disaster-Response Teams. He is a clinical member of AAMFT and an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor.  Dr. Mendenhall works actively in the conduct of integrated family healthcare and community-based participatory research (CBPR) focused on a variety of public health issues.  His principal clinical efforts center on working with families who are coping with chronic illness (e.g., diabetes, chronic pain), and his principal research efforts center on health disparities (e.g., the Family Education Diabetes Series – the “FEDS” – with an urban-dwelling American Indian community). Dr. Mendenhall’s and his colleagues’ work through the UMN’s Citizen Professional Center encompasses more than a dozen community-based projects that involve active partnerships between professionals and community members.  He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and research studies involving this and related work, and his funding record in these areas is extensive.

Angela Lamson, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE, is a Professor at East Carolina University in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.  She is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Health and Human Performance.  She is a clinical member of AAMFT and an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor.  Dr. Lamson has served as the program director for the Medical Family Therapy doctoral program at ECU, a Division President for the North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and member of the Elections Council for the AAMFT.  In addition, she is on the Executive Committee for the Alliance of Military and Veteran Family Behavioral Health Providers at the national level.  Dr. Lamson’s teaching, funding, and publications have been devoted to MedFT and integrated care, particularly in the areas of trauma, chronic illness (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, and diabetes), loss and compassion fatigue in the lives of individuals, couples, families, and providers.  Her training and research initiatives have been housed in community health, primary care,  specialty care contexts, and military bases.

Jennifer Hodgson, Ph.D., LMFT, is a Professor at East Carolina University in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.  She is the program director for the Medical Family Therapy doctoral program at ECU. She has reappointed time in the Department of Family Medicine at East Carolina University, as well, where she holds a clinical, supervision, and teaching role.  She is a clinical member of AAMFT and AAMFT-Approved Supervisor, and served two terms as a Commissioner and one year as Chair for the Commission of Accreditatio
n of Marriage and Family Therapy Education.  She has served as the Chair of the North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board and is a recent past President of the CFHA.  She has published numerous articles, book chapters, and research studies involving MedFT, interprofessional collaboration initiatives, biopsychosocial-spiritual health, and integrated care.  Her funding record in these areas is extensive.

Macaran (Mac) Baird, MD, MS, is Professor and Head of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He began his medical career in 1978 as a rural physician and family therapist.  He and Dr. Bill Doherty co-authored Family Therapy and Family Medicine in 1983, which launched his academic and leadership career.  Dr. Baird has since held positions in Oklahoma, New York, and Rochester, MN.  His leadership involvement has also included service on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Depression in Primary Care National Advisory Council, and as co-chair of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Report on Health and Behavior. He is a past-President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), and was a recipient of the American Academy of Family Physician’s (AAFP) Thomas Johnson Award for career contributions in Family Medicine education.  Dr. Baird’s principal research and clinical foci center on the integration of behavioral health and primary care, and in identifying social and care system factors that inhibit and/or contribute to positive outcomes for patients and families.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Clinical Methods in Medical Family Therapy
  • Editors Tai Mendenhall
    Angela Lamson
    Jennifer Hodgson
    Macaran Baird
  • Series Title Focused Issues in Family Therapy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Focused Issues in Family Therapy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-68833-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09853-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-68834-3
  • Series ISSN 2520-1190
  • Series E-ISSN 2520-1204
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXX, 617
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Clinical Psychology
    General Practice / Family Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
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“The authors intend to provide an up-to-date manual in the rapidly developing field of MedFT as well as behavioral healthcare more generally. … This is an important addition to the field of MedFT. It is a book that practitioners in the field and those training to join it can refer to again and again to understand the dynamics of a collaborative team and the skills necessary to provide adequate care from a biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective in medical settings.” (Ileana Ungureanu, Doody's Book Reviews, September, 2018)