Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 465–480 | Cite as

Student Therapists Grapple with Modern and Postmodern Ideas: One Program’s Approach to Training

  • Michelle NadenEmail author
  • Kurt Johns
  • Cami Ostman
  • Thomas Mahan


Postmodern ideas have significantly challenged and expanded the marriage and family therapy field. Students in many training programs must grapple with models and training experiences influenced by both postmodern and modern orientations. The authors describe a particular program’s training process and focus on the ways past students reflect on their professional development guided by the postmodernist-based perspective of Narrative Therapy and the modernist-based perspective of Bowen Family Systems Theory, two of the models emphasized by this program. The authors propose that these divergent philosophical orientations can interact together to support meaningful development in trainees’ experiences.


modern postmodern narrative therapy Bowen family systems theory MFT training models 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Naden
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kurt Johns
    • 2
  • Cami Ostman
    • 3
  • Thomas Mahan
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Marriage and Family TherapySeattle Pacific UniversitySeattle
  2. 2.Department of Marriage and Family TherapySeattle Pacific University, Loma Linda UniversitySeattle
  3. 3.Street Youth MinistriesSeattle
  4. 4.White Stone Behavioral Health CenterJupiter

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