Family Therapy Facts
- MFT originated about 60 years ago when health care clinicians began to seek more
effective and comprehensive ways to treat disorders such as schizophrenia, anorexia and
- MFTs work with individuals, groups, couples, and families, and focus on the
power of the family system as an instrument of change and healing.
- MFTs treat the client's relationships within systems (e.g. families, couples,
schools, work and cultures) as a way of understanding the development of dysfunctional
- MFTs view relational systems as frequent sources of stress and symptom
- MFTs come from a wide variety of backgrounds, such as medicine, psychology,
psychiatry, nursing and social work.
- MFTs frequently treat such mental health disorders as anxiety, depression,
substance abuse, adjustment disorders, marriage and family conflict, and behavioral
disorders in children and adolescents, among others.
- MFTs have historically been trained to work within 20 session "brief
therapy" time frames.
- MFTs recognize that while disorders have relational consequences, treatment
often must include psychiatric consultation, medication, psychological testing and
- MFTs in Connecticut became licensed in 1995.
- MFTs in Connecticut are assured confidentiality of clinical records as a result
of the 1992 Privileged Communication Bill.
- MFTs in Connecticut received vendorship in 1992. This bill requires that
eligible licensed MFTs receive third party reimbursement on the same basis as the other
four state-regulated mental health providers.
- There are over 800 CAMFT members in Connecticut.