Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Students’ Diversity Course Experiences

Melissa M. Yzaguirre, Morgan E. PettyJohn, Chi Fang Tseng, Ronald Asiimwe, Meng Fang, Adrian J. Blow

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In 2017, the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education implemented updated accreditation standards requiring course credits educating students on issues related to diversity, power, privilege, and oppression. This qualitative study explored students’ required diversity curricula experiences from accredited C/MFT master’s programs. Semi-structured interviews with master’s students (n = 20) from programs across 11 US states were conducted. Thematic analysis revealed 3 key themes which impacted student learning experiences: perceptions of safety, course materials and structure, and systemic influences. Study participants emphasized the importance of quality diversity education and provided valuable feedback on how to improve course development in accredited masters C/MFT programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-37
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Feminist Family Therapy
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2022


  • C/MFT programs
  • Therapy
  • curriculum
  • diversity training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Applied Psychology


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