Psychology Faculty Publications

Title

Perceptions of Effectiveness Among College Students Toward Marriage and Family Counseling and Therapy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2010

Journal Title

The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families

Volume

18

Issue

3

First Page

269

Last Page

274

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1066480710371799

Abstract

Unlike perceptions toward professional counseling, public opinions do not typically associate marriage and family counseling or therapy with treatments of mental disorders. The current survey of college students in this sample confirmed that most would not recommend, specifically, marriage and family therapists (MFTs) for mental health evaluations, psychiatric symptoms, intelligence and personality assessments, drug abuses, among others. The only situation for which students would most recommend an MFT is issues pertaining to marriage and the family. Implications for professional promotion and credentialing include enhancing the visibility, availability, and qualifications of marriage and family counselors (MFCs) or therapists especially through educational venues such as schools as well as media outlets.

Keywords

Professional counseling, marriage and family counseling, marriage and family therapists, perceptions of professionals, professional credentials

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