The 2017 Couples Therapy Symposium was an event that was aimed at developing leadership skills and improving therapists’ way of dealing with partners, individuals, and families who needed help with the challenges they were facing in life. Those who just graduated from their family therapy course, and even the seasoned ones were encouraged to join the event, as different speakers spoke about various topics that were definitely beneficial to all family therapists.
In relation to this, we would like to share a few details on marriage and family therapy – who the professionals are in this field and what they do.
Who Are They?
MFTs or marriage and family therapists are members of the mental health team trained in the field of psychotherapy. They are qualified to diagnosed and administer treatments for emotional and mental illnesses that are experienced by couples and family members. These are a group of therapists who have studied and gained at least 13 years of clinical experience in marriage and family therapy. They are committed to helping partners and families address their family issues.
What Do They Do?
- diagnose and treat mental illnesses
- formulate treatment plans
- practice psychotherapy with couples, individuals, and family members
- guide and help their clients in improving interpersonal skills
- do interviews, discussions, and assessments to collect information about their clients.
Other than providing these services to their clients, they also advertise their services, especially if they do private practice. These kinds of therapists spend quite a sufficient amount of time writing progress notes, evaluations, and recommendations.
How are they different from the other types of therapists? Aside from the fact that their scope is mostly psychotherapy and dealing with mental health issues, they are also the therapists who spend more than half of their time working on family dynamics and how they impact a family’s psychological health. Every day, they tackle various issues of people from all walks of life. They are focused more on improving one’s self-esteem to prevent anxiety, depression, anger, and other negative emotions. They are committed to reaching out to families that are somehow broken and want to be whole again.