Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 453–471

On Becoming a Profession: The Growth of Marriage and Family Therapy in India*

  • Mudita Rastogi
  • Rajeswari Natrajan
  • Volker Thomas

DOI: 10.1007/s10591-005-8233-y

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Rastogi, M., Natrajan, R. & Thomas, V. Contemp Fam Ther (2005) 27: 453. doi:10.1007/s10591-005-8233-y


The practice of couple and family therapy has a long history in India. This article tracks some of the people, places, and contexts associated with the growth of marriage and family therapy (MFT) as a profession in the Indian context. Two of the authors outline their own introduction to MFT and work within this field in different cities in India in the last two decades. Based on their professional experiences and a pilot study conducted in Chennai, the authors document the needs of providers in the areas of systems-based therapy training and the practice of MFT. The role of the Indian Association for Family Therapy (IAFT) and suggestions for the future growth of the field are also highlighted.


India Asian Indian South Asian marriage and family therapy training 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  • Rajeswari Natrajan
    • 2
  • Volker Thomas
    • 3
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional PsychologyArgosy University
  2. 2.Alliant International UniversityIrvine
  3. 3.Purdue UniversityWest Lafayette

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