Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Training in Family Therapy

  • Ryan M. EarlEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_638

Name of Concept

Training in Family Therapy


Family therapy education, Graduate training


Training in family therapy is a rigorous and well-regulated process. In order to become a family therapist, supervisor, researcher, teacher, administrator, etc., a person must first be trained. Relative to context, training bleeds into nearly every aspect of the profession. For students, graduate training* programs are the gateway to the profession of couple and family therapy. For supervisors, approved supervisor training is the gateway to providing systemic supervision. Training is the way in which experienced members of a given role disseminate and pass information on to new members so that they may practice within the respective role at hand. It is arguably the single process all couple and family therapists have in common with one-another. For example, whether licensed or working toward a license, every couple and family therapist had to earn a graduate degree in order to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Douglas C. Breunlin
    • 1
  1. 1.The Family InstituteNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA