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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

College of Education

Personnel Directory

Diane Gehart

Diane  Gehart
Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
Office:ED 3122
Phone:818 677 7468



Ph.D., Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy Specialization, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas, 1997; M. A., Mental Health Counseling, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas, 1994; B. A. Majors: Psychology and East Asian Studies (Chinese emphasis), College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1992.

Licensure and Credentials

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California); Licensed Professional Counselor (Texas); Approved Supervisor & Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Teaching Interests

Marriage and Family Therapy Theories; Counseling Theories; Child and Adolescent Counseling; Couples Counseling; Child Abuse and Domestic Violence; Human Sexuality; Practicum; Fieldwork.

Research Interests

Postmodern and systems theory development; Buddhism, mindfulness and therapy; qualitative and ethnographic research; culture and gender issues in the therapeutic relationship; theory-based treatment planning; domestic violence and sexual abuse; child and family counseling in schools; play therapy; client advocacy; international perspectives and cross-cultural exchanges in marriage and family therapy; philosophical and ethical issues in therapy.


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Gehart, D. (2010). Mastering competencies in family therapy: A practical approach to theory and clinical case documentation. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.


The first outcome-based textbook in the field, Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy introduces graduate students to theories of family therapy using clinical documentation forms to enable students to learn practical, real-world skills to develop and demonstrate their knowledge. The book teaches students how to write case conceptualizations, clinical assessments, treatment plans, and progress notes and integrates evidence-based practices and diversity issues. Scoring rubrics for each of the learning assignments are provided to facilitate learning.

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Gehart, D. (2012). Mindfulness and acceptance in couple and family therapy. New York: Springer.
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Gehart, D. (2013). Theory and treatment planning in counseling and psychotherapy: A competency-based approach for applying theory in clinical practice. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
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McCollum, E., & Gehart, D. (2010). Using mindfulness to teach therapeutic presence: A qualitative outcome study of a mindfulness-based curriculum for teaching therapeutic presence to master’s level marriage and family therapy trainees. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 36, 347-360. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2010.00214.x


This article describe the findings of a qualitative study on the effects of using mindfulness during the practicum experience in master's level marriage and family therapy program.

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Gehart, D. (2011). The core competencies in marriage and family therapy education: Practical aspects of transitioning to a learning-centered, outcome-based pedagogy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37, 344-354. doi: 0.1111/j.1752-0606.2010.00205.x


This article describes a seven-step process for helping marriage and family therapy educators develop learning assessment systems in their programs to measure student mastery of the family therapy core competencies.

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Gehart, D. (2012). The mental health recovery movement and family therapy, part I: Consumer-lead reform of services to persons diagnosed with severe mental illness. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, 429-442. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00230.x
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Gehart, D. (2012). The mental health recovery movement and family therapy, Part II: A Collaborative, appreciative approach for supporting mental health recovery. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, 443-457. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00229.x