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Triad Marriage and Family Therapist Study Group
Triad Marriage and Family Therapist Study Group
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Welcome to the Triad MFT Study Group!

This study group is moderated by a coach and exam prep expert who has passed the MFT exam.  The coach and exam prep expert regularly posts study and exam-taking tips, practice questions, words of encouragement, and more.

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  • Gain access to test strategies, motivation and inspiration, recommendations, and more, all tailored to your specific MFT exam.
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Culturally Sensitive Assessment

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A therapist must always be aware that cultural differences between the therapist and client may lead to misunderstandings. For instance, a therapist should be cautious when interpreting nonverbal behaviors because those behaviors may have different meanings in different cultures. In some cultures, direct eye contact is considered disrespectful; pointing is viewed as rude; and too much smiling may be interpreted as shallowness. Culture may also affect the nature of a client’s symptoms and his/her explanation for them. For example, individuals from some Asian and Latino cultures may express depression primarily as physical symptoms (headaches, weakness, tiredness), while individuals from some Middle Eastern and Native American cultures may describe depression as “problems of the heart” or “being heartbroken” (Warren, 2008).

Overarching themes in the field of marriage and family therapy as a whole are the importance of a therapist being racially aware; intersectionality and social location of clients and therapists; considerations of power and power imbalances due to race and therapist status; and consideration of the minority client experience from all angles, such as: acculturation and assimilation, immigration status, and the impact of colonization (McDowell & Jeris, 2004).

The consideration of cultural factors can provide useful information about a client’s functioning as well as his or her comfort with therapy. Factors that a therapist should consider when working with clients from culturally diverse backgrounds include the following:

  • Acculturation: Acculturation refers to the extent to which an individual from one cultural... (More)

Grading Each Answer Option

For some questions, you will identify the correct answer by simply reading the stem carefully and scanning the answer options. Other questions will be more difficult, and you will need to do more than simply scan the answer options–you will also need to closely examine the options to identify which one is best. To help you do this efficiently, we recommend a three tiered approach in which you mentally label an answer as either:

correct (plus sign),

maybe correct/maybe incorrect (question mark), or

incorrect (minus sign).

The grade you assign to an answer option is usually primarily based on its accuracy (for example, is it consistent with your knowledge, does it reflect a good decision?) and its relevance to the practice situation in the stem (is the answer well supported by the information in the stem?).

Here is an example of how to grade answer options:

The therapist is referred a client who is an adult female. The client recently quit her job of 20 years because “it just wasn’t satisfying anymore.” Currently she is collecting unemployment but is still covered by her health insurance from work. She has been divorced for five years but does not date and states that she is “not that interested” in finding someone new. She reports feeling depressed and lonely and recent weight loss. The therapist also notices that she looks pale. Which of the following actions should the therapist initially take in this situation?

a. Provide relaxation training.

b. Assess suicide potential.

c.... (More)