Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Professions in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Julie A. PetersonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_636


Marriage and family therapy (MFT) professions can be considered one of the longest lasting and most necessary professions. According to Broderick and Schrader (1991), it is likely that even our earliest of developed professions (e.g., physicians, priests, etc.) likely had to address issues within family units. As the profession became more specialized within the twentieth century following a vast increase in divorce and juvenile delinquency (Broderick and Schrader 1991), the MFT rose to address the social needs of the community. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), it is predicted that by 2022, the profession of MFT will have grown by 30.6% – the fastest growing average in comparison to other professions in the USA (BLS 2015). As a result, MFT is one of the most essential specialized fields and can be seen within a variety of treatment settings such as private practice, outpatient clinics, community mental health, and even hospitals.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Thorana Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversitySanta FeUSA