We already had two MedFT
doctoral students doing therapy internships in the clinic.
During debriefing Phase 1, a MedFT supervisor served as the facilitator for the reflecting team's dialogue.
Training physician trainees in tandem with MedFT interns also helps facilitate understanding of the skill set each brings and the role each plays in patient care.
By acknowledging these "self of the MedFT" characteristics, the book normalizes some of the anxieties and challenges that professionals face when practicing in the culture of medicine.
Overall, this edition eloquently expands on several techniques, skills, applications, and roles of a MedFT from the first version.
is a relative newcomer as a treatment approach, there is great interest in the scholarship of the approach with books and journals devoted to advancing the practice, including Families, Systems, & Health.
Typically, this includes the following order: medical provider, educator, dietician, and medical family therapist so patients can debrief with the MedFT
to discuss how the family system can implement changes suggested by other team members.
One nurse referred to these relationships as "everlasting." A MedFT
on the treatment team stated,
Medical family therapy (MedFT
) was developed in response to these emerging needs as a way to "increase the relative importance of primary care medicine and to strengthen and redefine the place of psychosocial providers in the health care system (McDaniel et al., 1992, p.
The field of medical family therapy (MedFT
) bridges psychosocial and physical health, examining the correlations between family, context, and an individual's physical functioning, offering family therapy interventions for medical illnesses.
The Seattle Pacific University MedFT
program, developed as both a specialization track within our master's MFT degree as well as a postmaster's certificate, combines traditional coursework with a yearlong internship in an outpatient medical setting.
Currently this clinic meets monthly, and those staffing the clinic include medical, MedFT
, pharmacy, and dietitian students.