Making the Transition From Student to Professional Family Therapist

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1999, Vol 44(2), 158–159. Review of the books, “Essential Skills in Family Therapy: From the First Interview to Termination” (see record 1998-07319-000) and “The Practical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy: Things My Training Supervisor Never Told Me” (see record 1998-07196-000). Both of these books provide useful information to beginning marriage and family therapists making the transition to practice. Essential Skills in Family Therapy in particular provides a great deal of practical advice concerning the early stages of therapy. The Practical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy addresses several interesting issues that marriage and family therapists might miss over the course of their training. However, both books fail to place themselves within the broader treatment literature in a way that could be most instructive to young practitioners. Both books miss an opportunity to impress on beginning practitioners the utility and necessity of developing an active sense of ownership over the empirical treatment literature. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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