Transforming an MFT program: A model for enhancing diversity

  • McDowell T
  • Fang S
  • Brownlee K
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Abstract

Marriage and family therapy programs need to go beyond the typical practices of recruiting and retaining students of color. Marriage and family therapy educators must assume positions of leadership by transforming graduate programs to reflect a deep, active, systemic commitment to both diversity and social justice. In this article, we argue that it is through this type of transformation that programs become truly ready to support students of color and to prepare all therapists to advocate for equity in a diverse, often unfair society. This article offers a model that addresses readiness, recruitment, retention, assessment, and professional development from this perspective.

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Authors

  • Teresa McDowell

  • Shi Ruei Fang

  • Kenya Brownlee

  • Cecilia Gomez Young

  • Anchal Khanna

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