Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

McMaster Family Therapy

  • Gabor KeitnerEmail author
  • Abigail Mansfield
  • Richard Archambault
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_579

The McMaster Approach is a way of thinking about families, family life, and the ways that families organize themselves to manage daily living. It evolved from its origins at McGill and McMaster Universities in Canada in the 1960s and 1970s under the leadership of Nathan Epstein, to Brown University in the USA where the Family Research Program continues to refine, study, and teach it under the leadership of Gabor Keitner. The McMaster Approach is made up of three interrelated parts: clinical application, research, and training. Treatment evaluates family functioning across six dimensions of family life (the McMaster Model of Family Functioning, MMFF), provides a protocol for assessing how families identify and deal with problems, offers an approach to conducting therapy when problems in family functioning are apparent (The Problem Centered Systems Therapy of the Family, PCSTF), and provides a set of guidelines for managing the treatment process (McMaster Tenets). Research focuses on a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabor Keitner
    • 2
    Email author
  • Abigail Mansfield
    • 1
    • 2
  • Richard Archambault
    • 3
  1. 1.Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Rhode Island Hospital; Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.Rhode Island Hospital, Department of PsychiatryProvidenceUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sean Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA