Mind-body therapy: Attitudes, beliefs and practices of graduate faculty and students from accredited marriage and family therapy programs in the U.S. and Canada

Michael M. Olson, W. David Robinson, Jenenne A. Geske, Paul R. Springer

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Context: Interest in CAM and mind-body therapies (MBT) among mental health professionals has increased over the last decade. Individuals seeking treatment for mental health concerns often use MBTs and expect clinicians to be aware of such treatments. Yet, current data reveal a critical gap in training, practice, and the needs of those seeking treatment. Objective: To determine the attitudes, beliefs, and practices of marriage and family therapists regarding MBTs. Design: Electronic survey method using Likert-type scale questions. Participants: Clinical faculty members and graduate students (N = 140) from accredited Marriage and Family Therapy programs in the United States and Canada. Results: Findings revealed that a majority of respondents believed that graduate programs should introduce MBT topics during course of training and that MBTs are valuable in the treatment of various clinical problems. Respondents were familiar with at least one form of MBT and reported using such in personal and professional settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-325
Number of pages6
JournalExplore: The Journal of Science and Healing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011



  • Mind-body medicine
  • complementary and alternative medicine
  • marriage and family therapy training
  • medical family therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Analysis
  • Chiropractics
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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