Perceptions of Professional Needs, Practice Patterns and Critical Issues Facing Family Therapy Trainers and Supervisors

George W. Saba, Howard A. Liddle

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The field of family therapy has grown dramatically in the past decade. However, the field's training and supervision subsystems have lagged developmentally compared to the advancement of clinical methodologies. Recent reviews of the family therapy training literature found this corner of the field fragmented and disorganized despite the impressive proliferation of training opportunities. Few attempts have been made to provide an overall, empirically based view of the family therapy training and supervision field. This article presents some of the results of a 2-year study of the training and supervision field as seen through the eyes of the trainers and supervisors themselves. The research explored this field's contents, boundaries, prevalent themes, and prediction of future trends, drawn from a representative portion of the field's members—the Approved Supervisors of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapists and the members of the American Family Therapy Association.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-122
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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