Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Training Social Workers in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Eli KaramEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_657

Name of Concept

Training Social Workers in Couple and Family Therapy


As social workers continue to encounter complex relational issues within their client populations, couple and family therapy (CFT) skills are increasingly required for competent community and mental health practice. Families may present with a variety of complex social, psychological, physical, and mental health constraints (i.e., poverty, diverse family structures, chronic medical illness, and serious mental disorders) which require social workers to be adequately trained in systemic theory and intervention techniques. The focus on CFT is also a natural complement to social work training because there is an intertwined history linking the two professions, with both disciplines sharing many similarities, including a systemic framework and strengths-based emphasis to empower client systems.

Theoretical Context for Concept

The Intertwined Histories of CFT and Social Work

While the field of social work...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA