Alumni, Community and Student Engagement Initiatives

Second International Study Tour for MFTs January 23-20, 2010

Innovative Approaches to Working with Couples and Families with an Emphasis on School Based Interventions


Ingeborg Haug, D.Min, LMFT

Fairfield University


In March 2009, fifteen MFT students and professionals traveled to London to learn more about innovative multi-family therapy models in Fairfield University’s first international study tour. The program was so exciting, that we have put together a second trip January 23-30, 2010. This event will be of particular interest to MFTs in Connecticut who work with multi-problem families and / or are interested in working in schools. The unique and successful Marlborough approach has been adopted by Denmark as their model of working with school issues from a systemic, multifamily model.


Last March’s participants were thrilled to gain an international outlook on the field of marriage and family therapy, to see that innovative models are being developed in other countries, and that we have much to learn from international colleagues.


The group will again spend the week at the Marlborough Family Institute, a London-based program that has developed a unique approach to helping multi-problem families. The institute uses both day and outpatient settings and a multi-family approach. It sets up structures and therapeutic tasks so that ultimately families are helping each other. The Institute is engaged in research to demonstrate its effectiveness, and early results are very positive.


The Fairfield contingent gave it high marks for broadening their perspectives. “The agency is unlike anything we have in the states,” said Maryann LaBella, a 2009 MFT graduate who now works at Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance. “I have definitely used things I learned there in my work.” – “Being a member of this trip is quite possibly one of the best experiences of my life,” said Tiffany Harris in her final reflection on the tour. “Not only did I learn about the work done at The Marlborough Family Service, but my eyes were opened to a new world of therapy.”


The January program will be open to family therapy professionals and school counselors throughout Connecticut. Participants may choose to receive 18 CEUs or have the option to take it as a 3 credit course. Interested? For more information on this great opportunity to expand your horizon, e-mail or or call 203-254-4250.

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