Evaluating Therapy Effectiveness in an Mft Training Clinic: Current Practices and Recommendations for the Future
While a significant amount of attention has been paid to the efficacy of marriage and family therapy (MFT), research on the effectiveness of MFT is lacking. Furthermore, university training clinics are an underutilized, yet excellent resource for collecting effectiveness research data. This study examined the current practices at the Center for Family Services, an MFT university training clinic, by examining therapists' ratings of therapy effectiveness for clients seen more than once over the past five years (n = 558). Data on therapy modality, treatment length, fee for services, presenting problems, and termination category were examined. A statistically significant relationship was found between treatment outcome and each of the following variables: treatment length, number of presenting problems, and termination category (completed or dropout). Furthermore, termination category best discriminated membership in the three outcome groups. A statistically significant relationship was not found between treatment outcome and the following variables: therapy modality and fee for services. Strengths, limitations, suggestions for future research, and implications of the findings are discussed.