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Dr. Martha Laughlin Portrait

Dr. Martha Laughlin

MFT Program Director

Hi, I'm Martha Laughlin.  I am a professor and Program Director for the Family Therapy Program. Prior to joining the VSU faculty in 1999, I owned a private practice in Florida and was also the director of a 30-bed, adult, Baker Act receiving facility for people with acute, chronic mental illness. I hold masters degrees in Family Therapy and social work and a Ph.D. in Family Therapy.  I am a AAMFT Approved Supervisor and hold a license in family therapy in the state of Georgia. I teach systems theory, with an emphasis on systemic ethics, and practicum. I am interested in writing as thinking and qualitative research. But my first passion concerns the use of imagination and creativity in therapy and supervision and how to teach students to think creatively in family therapy. When therapists rely primarily on techniques that “work,” they narrow their ability to think creatively and reduce the effectiveness of their therapy. On the other hand, creative thinking in therapy cannot be an “anything goes.” The challenge is teaching family therapy students to think imaginatively about their clients from within the structure of a clear, systems theoretical framework.


    Office Hours:
    Monday, Wednesday, & Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    *also by appointment

    Family Therapy Program, Office 135