What is it about?

Doctoral student partners have a unique experience, as they are an immediate witness to the doctoral process, and they have limited influence. This paper elevates their voices to create a stronger community of support around doctoral students and their partners.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that couples where one of the partners is a doctoral student in a counseling program with a family therapy focus, struggle in managing the demands of the program. Recommendations include implementing support based on resources available within an Educational Institution community.


Writing this article gave a voice to the experiences of successful doctoral program partners, and their intimate knowledge of what could benefit other doctoral students and their partners.

Shoshannah Guerrero
Mount Mercy University

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This page is a summary of: The Lived Experiences of Individuals Whose Partners Have Completed a Family Therapy Focused Doctoral Program, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, May 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/anzf.1493.
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