On becoming a profession: The growth of marriage and family therapy in India

Mudita Rastogi*, Rajeswari Natrajan, Volker Thomas

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The practice of couple and family therapy has a long history in India. This article tracks some of the people, places, and contexts associated with the growth of marriage and family therapy (MFT) as a profession in the Indian context. Two of the authors outline their own introduction to MFT and work within this field in different cities in India in the last two decades. Based on their professional experiences and a pilot study conducted in Chennai, the authors document the needs of providers in the areas of systems-based therapy training and the practice of MFT. The role of the Indian Association for Family Therapy (IAFT) and suggestions for the future growth of the field are also highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-471
Number of pages19
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number4 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Asian Indian
  • India
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • South Asian
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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