The purpose of this study was twofold: a) to determine the training that MFTs should have to effectively work in organizational / business settings and with organizational / business issues in the role of clinician, administrator / manager, consultant, coach, and researcher and b) to determine what components should be included in a model curriculum in the area of organizational / management studies in an MFT doctoral program. Using the e-Delphi method, consensus from a panel of experts (in the profession of marriage and family therapy as well as in business / management / organizational issues) was obtained. Panelists identified thirty-eight business disciplines / topical areas that MFTs should be exposed to, with varying degrees of emphasis. Of these thirty-eight areas, eight were identified as themes that should run across the curriculum. For the remaining thirty areas (of which six were perceived as deserving of being the primary focus of a course) suggestions were made as to learning activities and learning resources. Panelists also provided suggestions pertaining to additional training and the nature of course learning modalities. Using the study results, course syllabi were developed by the researcher for four of the six key areas. Additionally, consistent with the study’s theoretical framework, these thirty-eight areas were organized by the researcher according to Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological system theory of human development.

LLU Discipline

Marital and Family Therapy


Marital and Family Therapy


School of Behavioral Health

First Advisor

Winetta A. Oloo

Second Advisor

Barbara A. Hernandez

Third Advisor

Nichola Ribadu

Degree Name

Doctor of Marital and Family Therapy (DMFT)

Year Degree Awarded


Date (Title Page)




Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

Graduate education; Career development; Family therapists; Delphi Technique.


Doctoral Project

Page Count

xviii, 215 p.

Digital Format


Digital Publisher

Loma Linda University Libraries

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