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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.

Once you join the group you can:

  • Gain access to test strategies, motivation and inspiration, recommendations, and more, all tailored to your specific MFT exam.
  • Connect with others studying for the same exam and create or join smaller, focused study groups.
  • Ask questions about the exam, content, or your study plan in the Study Group and get feedback and recommendations from the Triad coach or another community member.
  • Stay up-to-date with exam changes and updates.

Transference and Countertransference

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This is a topic that can get confusing. It can be easy to mix up the two concepts, however it is important to know the differences between the two. Come back on Friday to practice with a question related to this topic below…

The concept of transference, which originated in psychoanalytic theory, is used by some therapists, particularly those who are psychodynamically oriented, as a tool for understanding and helping clients work through their past conflicts. Transference refers to emotional reactions that are assigned to current relationships but have their roots in earlier, often unresolved and unconscious experiences. For example, a client who grew up feeling hostility toward his parents may develop hostile feelings toward you even though no overt reason exists for those feelings (Barker, 2003). Transference may be either positive or negative, however: With positive transference, a client transfers affectionate feelings to his therapist; and with negative transference, a client transfers hostile feelings to his therapist.

To manage a client’s transference reaction, you may do the following:

(a) First consider the possibility that the client’s reaction is realistic.

(b) If you conclude that the client expects you to respond in countertherapeutic ways, as others in his life have, respond differently in order to disprove his expectations. The client will then have to deal with you as a real person.

(c) Help the client identify the source of his distorted perception by exploring how and why his feelings evolved. Don’t try to change his... (More)

What us a good score (passing) on the test master practice exams

Three things NOT to do during the exam...


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During your exam experience, and as you practice with exam questions, here a few things you want to avoid doing…

  • Don’t leave an answer blank! There is no penalty for guessing, so it will be to your advantage to make an educated guess. For most questions, you’ll be able to find a reason to eliminate one or two answer options, so then you will be selecting from a fewer number of options. This will increase your chance of choosing the correct one.
  • Don’t dwell on questions! If you are unable to decide on an answer after reading a question and its answers three times, select your “best guess” as the answer and mark the question so that you can review it at the end of the exam. Then, move on to the next question.
  • Don’t skip around! This will waste time because it requires you to re-read questions. Answer the questions in sequence, from the first question to the last. If you are truly stumped by a question (and you will be, and that’s ok!) select the answer that seems to be the best one, mark the question, and reconsider later if you have time.