Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Addendum To: The Profession of Couple, Marital, and Family Therapy (Cmft): Defining Ourselves and Moving Forward

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Addendum To: The Profession of Couple, Marital, and Family Therapy (Cmft): Defining Ourselves and Moving Forward

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We developed the ideas for the article preceding this addendum (Wampler, Blow, McWey, Miller, & Wampler, 2018) during the early stages of writing a book proposal for a new, more comprehensive handbook for our field (Wampler et al., in press). One ongoing debate we had as editors of the forthcoming handbook was the name of the book. After starting with the "Handbook of Marriage and Family Therapy," we ended up with what we believed to be a more inclusive term, "Handbook of Couple and Family Therapy." In the process of further revising the proposal for the publisher, we changed the title to the "Handbook of Couple, Marital, and Family Therapy," then shifted again to the "Handbook of Child, Couple, and Family Therapy," and then finally back to the "Handbook of Couple, Marriage and Family Therapy." Because of the fact that many family therapy professionals see individuals too, we even considered the idea of putting "individual" or "adult" in the title. Our debates and the process itself were ample demonstration of one of the main arguments of this article, that the field has an identity problem due, in no small part, to the variety of names used to identify it.

As we involved more authors on the project, especially those from outside the United States, we continued to debate whether we had the best title. Ironically, at an editors' meeting, just as the paper came out in Early View on the JMFT website, we visited the title again and settled on the name, "Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy" (SFT) as the most concise, inclusive, and descriptive title for the multivolume work. …

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