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Mission and Vision

Our Vision

We will be recognized as the model church-related institution preparing servant leaders for lifelong learning.

Our Mission

Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses and delivery systems, committed to educational excellence, service, and scholarship. Within nurturing communities of learners, we value diversity and promote the attainment of full academic and personal potential through accessible undergraduate and graduate programs. It is the vision of the university that our students embrace the Christian values of human dignity, integrity, and service as they become servant leaders and lifelong learners.

Our Core Values 

  • We are committed to educational excellence in a learner-centered community.
  • We help people realize their full potential.
  • We include diverse learners in a caring, accessible community - The Pfeiffer Family.
  • We value our Christian heritage and foster faith formation.
  • We approach all that we do with integrity and with respect for the dignity of each person.

Marriage and Family Therapy Program

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pfeiffer is designed to prepare servant leaders as marriage and family therapists and agents of positive change to work specifically with individuals, couples, and families in a wide variety of work settings.  The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program is to provide effective clinical and academic training in marriage and family therapy to students who affirm the dignity and integrity of all individuals and who demonstrate respect for diversity through life-long learning and competent practice of marriage and family therapy.

Master of Arts Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy - Required Courses

I. Theoretical Knowledge (9 s.h.)
MMFT 601 Introduction to Family Systems (Syllabus) 3
MMFT 602 Family Therapy Theories (Syllabus) (Criteria for Evaluation) 3
MMFT 621 Advanced MFT Theories and Procedures (Syllabus) (Criteria) 3
SUBTOTAL HOURS 9
II. Clinical Knowledge (27 s.h.)
MMFT 603 Theory and Practice of Group Therapy (Syllabus) (Criteria) 3
MMFT 604 Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders (Syllabus)  (Criteria) 3
MMFT 605 Addiction in Family Systems (Syllabus and Criteria) 3
MMFT 606 Therapeutic Alliance -- Pre-Internship (Syllabus) 3
MMFT 608 Crisis Intervention(Syllabus) (Criteria for Evaluation) 3
MMFT 620 Couples Therapy, Theory, and Techniques (Syllabus) (Criteria) 3
MMFT 630 Assessment and Treatment Planning in Family Therapy (Syllabus) (Criteria for Evaluation) 3
MMFT 640 Family Therapy: Children and Adolescents (Syllabus) 3
MMFT 670 Human Sexuality & Contextual Sex Therapy (Syllabus) (Criteria for Evaluation) 3
SUBTOTAL HOURS 27
III. Human Development and Family Relations (12 s.h.)
MMFT 600 Emerging Cross-Cultural Issues in Families and Communities (Syllabus) (Criteria) 3
PSYC 600 Advanced Human Growth & Development (Syllabus) 3
PSYC 610 Advanced Theories of Personality in Family Dynamics (Syllabus) (Criteria) 3
PSYC 615 Advanced Psychopathology in the Family Context (Syllabus) (Criteria for Evaluation) 3
SUBTOTAL HOURS 12
IV. Professional Identity and Ethics (6 s.h.)
MMFT 610 Professional Identity and Issues in Marriage & Family
Therapy (Syllabus) (Criteria for Evaluation)
3
MMFT 680 Legal & Ethical Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy (Syllabus) (Criteria) 3
SUBTOTAL HOURS 6
V. Research (3 s.h.)
PSYC 625 Research Methods and Program Evaluation (Syllabus) 3
SUBTOTAL HOURS 3
VI. Supervised Clinical Practice (9-15 s.h.) Minimum of (3) consecutive semesters

MMFT 690

Internship in Marriage & Family Therapy (3+3+3). (Syllabus M01) (Syllabus M02)   Additional semesters may be required to fulfill 500 minimum clinical face-to-face hours(250 individual & 250 relational).

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SUBTOTAL HOURS 9+
VII. Thesis: Optional (6 s.h.)
PSYC 630 Statistical Application and Research Design 3
PSYC 635 Thesis 3
SUBTOTAL HOURS 6
TOTAL HOURS 66-72

 

  1. Supervisors for MMFT 690 are approved AAMFT Approved Supervisors or AAMFT Supervisor Candidates under current ongoing supervision. The clinical internship will cover a minimum of (3) or more consecutive semesters, and include a full summer semester. Additional semesters may be required to complete 500 clinical face-to-face hours (250 individual & 250 relational). Students will receive (1) hour of individual supervision and (2) hours of group supervision weekly. Please note that in order for applicants to be issued a license by the NCLMFT Board, the applicant must complete 1,500 hours of clinical experience in the practice of marriage and family therapy, not more than 500 hours of which were obtained while the candidate was a student in a master's degree program and at least 1,000 hours of which were obtained after the applicant was granted a degree in the field of marriage and family therapy or an allied mental health field (with ongoing supervision consistent with standards approved by the Board).
  2. Prior to enrolling in MMFT 690, the practicum/internship experience in Marriage and Family Therapy, students shall apply for candidacy after 21 hours by achieving the following coursework (MMFT 601, 602, 604, 606, 610, 630, and 680) and completing the Application for Practicum/ Internship Candidacy form with the required signatures of faculty adviser, the Clinic Director, and Program Director.  A satisfactory Program Evaluation must be completed by each respective faculty member.  Additionally, (10) hours of personal growth counseling is required each academic year, and must be verified by the appropriate form. If students do not fulfill the personal growth requirement, they will not be able to remain in continuing coursework or clinic practice.
  3. Prior to graduation, a passing grade on the comprehensive MFT practice examination is required. A request form to sit for the exam must be completed and also countersigned by the student's faculty advisor and Program Director. Students are also required to fulfill personal & professional competencies as stipulated in the Program and Professional Performance Evaluations.  If students are not demonstrating satisfactory progress, an IRP (Individual Remediation Plan) will be addressed to provide corrective feedback and professional development assistance.
  4. In lieu of the comprehensive practice exam, students may opt to take PSYC 630 and PSYC 635 to write a thesis upon faculty recommendation and the approval of the Program Director. The prerequisite for PSYC 635 is the successful completion of PSYC 630. Students are encouraged to write a thesis if they plan to pursue doctoral studies in the future.
  5. The MFT Program does not discriminate based on age, culture, ethnicity, gender, physical disability, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

General Information

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The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pfeiffer is designed to prepare servant leaders as marriage and family therapists and agents of positive change to work specifically with individuals, couples, and families in a wide variety of work settings. The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program is to provide effective clinical and academic training to students who affirm the dignity and integrity of all individuals and who demonstrate respect for diversity through life-long learning and the competent practice of marriage and family therapy. The MMFT program is intended to meet the academic and experiential requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of North Carolina, and to prepare students for the national examination in Marital and Family Therapy (AMFTRB).

In collaboration with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Pfeiffer University’s MMFT Program is offered at both the Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham locations. Student admission to the program is determined by a structured application process and the approval of the Admissions Committee. Rigorous clinical training is required through the completion of a supervised internship that will require a total of 500 minimum clinical face-to-face hours (250 individual & 250 relational hours) and 100 hours of supervision (50 hours must be live observation) during a minimum of (3) consecutive semesters. Additional semesters may be required to complete the 500 clinical hours contingent upon full-time or part-time class schedules. Since Marriage & Family Therapy students must be continuously enrolled every semester, students are required to enroll in a minimum of (2) courses during each fall and spring semester, and a minimum of (1) course during each summer semester. Generally speaking, full-time and part-time students should expect to complete the program in 3 or 4 years respectively with a minimum of 66 graduate semester hours and a passing grade on the MMFT Comprehensive Exam. Note: Students have a maximum of (5) years from the date of enrollment to complete the program.

The required number of clinical hours will be consistent with COAMFTE standards and the North Carolina MFT licensure. The successful completion of the pre-internship and internship requirements is considered to be the most critical experience in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Students will also be expected to actively identify with the Marriage and Family Therapy profession as a student member and participate in local, state, and national conferences such as AAMFT and NCAMFT. Additionally, students will be required to furnish professional (student) liability insurance during his/her internship experience. To ensure that every student continues to live up to his or her potential as an evolving therapist, all MMFT students will complete (10) hours of confidential personal growth counseling for each academic year in which they are enrolled in the program.

There are key milestones for reviewing the performance of our Marriage and Family Therapy students which are subsequent to the admissions interview including pre-internship, internship candidacy after 21 semester hours of designated coursework, a minimum of (3) consecutive semesters of a supervised internship experience, and a comprehensive exit exam prior to graduation. Note: All staff or faculty members who serve as clinical supervisors will be Approved AAMFT Supervisors or Supervisory Candidates.