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The Weave of Gender and Culture in the Tapestry of a Family Therapy Training Program: Promoting Social Justice in the Practice of Family Therapy

Inresponsetothefeministcritique,thefieldoffamilytherapyisin theprocessofwideningitssystemiclenstomoreaccuratelyreflectthe fundamentalorganizingprinciplesofgenderandcultureonrelationshipsandfamilies.Althoughseveralstudies(e.g.,Gilbert,1995;Haddock,1995;Leslie&Clossick,1996;Werner-Wilson,Price,Zimmerman,&Murphy,1998)haverevealedthatmanypractitionersand trainershaveyettofullyadoptand/orapplythismoresystemicperspective(Taggart,1985),thereisevidencethatthiswideninglensis gainingcurrency.Forinstance,therehasbeenaproliferationofarticlesrelatedtoincorporatinggenderandcultureinthepracticeof familytherapy,andtheCommissiononMarriageandFamilyTherapy Education(COAMFTE)nowrequiresthatgenderandcultureare addressedinthecurriculaofaccreditedtrainingprograms.