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Couple and Family Therapy Program Faculty

Nationally Recognized Faculty

The faculty members in the CFT Program at NDSU are nationally recognized as leading scholars in their respective areas of research including: Narrative therapy; LGBT affirmative training and therapy; Transgender families; Single-parenting; Spirituality and therapy

Thomas Stone Carlson, Ph.DProfessor & Program Coordinator  
Information and CV for Dr. Stone Carlson

Dr. Tom Stone Carlson is the developer of a new approach to couples therapy called “Relational Accountability.” This unique approach to therapy seeks to help couples intimately apply the ethics of narrative therapy ideas in their personal lives and relationships. This intimate application of narrative ideas is focused on helping partners gain an appreciation for the shaping effects of their actions on one another’s stories of self and to engage in intentional relationship practices that nurture and positively shape their partners’ stories of self.

Dr. Stone Carlson, along with his colleague and co-developer Amanda Haire, were invited to give a keynote address highlighting their work at the 12th International Narrative Therapy & Community Work conference in Adelaide, Australia. Their article “Towards a theory of relational accountability: An invitational approach to living narrative ethics in intimate relationships” was the lead article in the International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work in December 2014. 

See Dr. Stone Carlson's additional selected publications on narrative therapy here.

Research Interests Include:  Trainee experiences and effectiveness of narrative pedagogy, Client experiences and outcomes of relational accountability approach to couples therapy, Evaluation of LGBT affirmative therapy competence among therapists, and Influence of spirituality of clinical practice and training.


Christi McGeorge, Ph.D. Associate Professor   
Information and CV for Dr. McGeorge
Research and Therapy Interests Include: heterosexism and homophobia, gender equity, family play therapy, feminist theories, parenting, women's history, and single parents.

Kristen Benson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor   
Information and CV for Dr. Benson
Research and Therapy Interests Include: gender identity and family/partner relationships, diversity issues in family therapy, collaborative approaches to family therapy education and training, and qualitative methodology.

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