Leadership

A background in Systems Theory, the biopsychosocial-spiritual framework and healthcare collaboration make MedFTs ideal leaders and clinical administrators within integrated healthcare systems. Leadership positions currently held by MedFT trained individuals include clinical directors, directors of behavioral medicine, national organization administrators, directors of behavioral sciences, and heads of family medicine programs. While these leadership positions are associated with general care, MedFT-trained individuals are not limited to general care leadership, but have the potential to advance into chronic-care, research-based and policy-based organizations, and healthcare specialties including pediatrics and cardiology. MedFT-trained leaders advance and advocate whole-person care within healthcare. The development of more MedFT-trained leadership is key to addressing the intersection of patient needs, family system needs, and healthcare system needs (Phelps, Keuny, Jacobs, Boyd, Rolland, Baird, & Zabuatsky, 2014).