Finding Your Voice as a Beginning Marriage and Family Therapist provides support to early career marriage and family therapists who seek authentic and meaningful connections with themselves, their colleagues, and the clients they serve.
The book addresses a lack of resources for early career therapists during professional formation, particularly for those who have marginalized aspects of their identity. Readers will move toward celebrating their varied social contextual selves to gain a sense of empowerment, allowing themselves to fully engage in their educational, clinical, and supervisory journey. The authors offer unique insights on the literature of clinical training as well as authentic stories from early career as well as more seasoned MFTs. There are exercises for the reader and practical skills for active engagement in their own development. Reflection questions at the end of each chapter can be used for personal reflection or to frame dialogue with classmates and colleagues.
Adaptable for use in the classroom, support groups, and in group/individual supervision settings, Finding Your Voice as a Beginning Marriage and Family Therapist is an essential resource for students and beginner clinicians.
"Finding Your Voice as a Beginning Marriage and Family Therapist is unique, compelling and utterly usable, and fosters the opportunity for engaging in transformative conversations - both within groups and within oneself. The chapters hit the right notes in discussing power, context, cultural humility, and critical consciousness. The tone is both validating and gently challenging and the personal stories of the authors and trainees, and the discussions that follow provide rich learning for educators, supervisors, and new professionals. This book is truly like no other in the field of systemic family therapy and I hope it is read widely."
Mudita Rastogi, PhD, LMFT, Aspire Consulting and Therapy, Arlington Heights, IL
"What a gift to the field! Readers will be moved by the openness, vulnerability, and courage through which Stone and ChenFeng invite beginning and seasoned therapists to engage in self-of-the-therapist work that centers marginalized experience. They bring abstract concepts such as justice, equity, and critical consciousness to life, empowering new therapists and encouraging humility and accountability by those in power positions. It is the perfect addition to our curriculum and will forever change how I teach and supervise."
Carmen Knudson-Martin, PhD, Professor and Director of Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy, Lewis & Clark College and co-author, Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy: Guidelines for Equitable Theory and Practice (Routledge).
"This book speaks to the soul of emerging couple and family therapists! Finding Your Voice as a Beginning Marriage and Family Therapist takes you on an intimate journey through C/MFT students’ lived experiences with empowerment, invisibility and oppression in programs. Each chapter provides reflective questions designed to engage the reader in their own personal and professional development. The book is a resource and therefore mandatory for beginning C/MFT students. It is a must read for faculty members who desire to build their consciousness, relate, supervise and teach from inclusive frameworks. The authors deserve applause for this contemporary and transformative book."
Stephanie Brooks, PhD, LCSW, LMFT, Associate Dean Health Professions & Clinical Professor of Couple and Family Therapy, Drexel University and Executive Consultant, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Minority Fellowship Programs
"Finding Your Voice as a Beginning Marriage and Family Therapist is an invaluable resource to those entering the field, providing an exceptional step-by-step approach for developing the self of the therapist within one’s broader sociocultural contexts. Drs. Dana Stone and Jessica ChenFeng gently invite readers to reflect on the complexity of the person they bring into the room, making it safe to explore some of the most challenging topics in supervision and training. This book belongs in every MFT’s library."
Diane R. Gehart, PhD, Professor, California State University, Northridge and author of Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy
"Finding Your Voice as a Beginning Marriage and Family Therapist is bound to validate, inspire, and empower therapists from marginalized backgrounds who are engaged in challenging self-work within systems that continue to oppress them. Readers are likely to receive much-needed validation from the numerous vulnerable testimonies of Drs. Stone and ChenFeng, and their colleagues. The authors provide exercises that help transfer the validation found within these pages to processes of advancing personal growth and knitting together culturally affirming communities within the MFT profession."
Timothy Baima, PhD, Associate Professor at Palo Alto University
"The book Finding Your Voice as a Beginning Marriage and Family Therapist is an essential read for anyone in the field of marriage and family therapy. As stated by the co-authors, the chapters sensitively cover "self-of-the-therapist" areas including: theories and frameworks; key relational terms and frameworks; and critical systemic perspectives. The reflection questions at the end of each chapter as well as the career journeys shared throughout by Dr. Dana Stone and Dr. Jessica ChenFeng, will be quite useful for and deeply valued by all readers."
Matthew R. Mock, PhD, Professor of Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, California
I. Where and How We Began 1. Our Stories in Early Training 2. How We Became Aware and Empowered 3. Students’ and Supervisees’ Stories II. What We Know 4. Difficult or Unfulfilling Training Experiences 5. Existing Models for Meaningful and Fulfilling Training Experiences III. Where Do We Go? 6. Preparing and Developing the Self-of-the-Trainee 7. Ways of Communicating around Challenging Topics 8. Establishing a Foundation for a Career of Being Known and Knowing Others 9. Avoiding Burnout and Allowing for Self-Care