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MFT Theory

Guide to accompany MFT summer theory courses: Bowen, Brief, Experiential, Internal Family Systems, Narrative


MFT Theory Paper Evaluation In this class and in MFT 6700, you will work on your MFT Theory Paper*.  

For this paper, you will need to use:

  • articles that relate to the relationship between your chosen theory and gender, socioeconomic status, race & ethniticy, and evidence-based research
  • 2-3 references to academic journal articles per "lens"
  • APA style for formatting and citations

Learn how to locate these resources in the library or the library's web site by using this guide. 

*Please review the assignment specifications on your course syllabus.


Getting Started Tutorial (2:00)

Start by watching this quick tutorial, then move on to the video tutorials by theory and books by theory. 

Reference books

Start with a reference book like the ones below to:

  • get an overview of your theory
  • follow related references
  • identify further readings

Additional reference books that may be useful for your scholarly critique are listed on the Marriage/Family Therapy tab of the Psychology References Sources guide. 

Subject Guide Learning Outcomes

By the end of using this subject guide, students should be able to:

  • identify and locate peer-reviewed articles on your paper topic
  • use SPU Primo to identify and locate books on your paper topic
  • create a properly formatted APA paper including cover page, abstract, in-text citations, and references