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Diversity Statement

Diversity Defined:

Diversity refers to the recognition and appreciation of differences and similarity across a variety of overlapping domains, including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, spirituality, worldview, geography, age, family status, and life experience.

Diversity Statement:

The Pfeiffer University Graduate School strives to cultivate and sustain an inclusive and intellectually rigorous environment that embraces difference across domains (e.g., race, age, etc.). These areas are explored within a context of cooperation, shared responsibility, and mutual respect that promotes learning, personal growth, and service through culturally competent community engagement.

The Marriage & Family Therapy Program at Pfeiffer University seeks to further these objectives* by:

  • Integrating diversity issues across the curriculum.
  • Teaching evidenced-based, culturally sensitive treatment approaches.
  • Maintaining a diverse group of faculty members.
  • Conducting activities (e.g., publications) that contribute to the scientific literature on diversity issues.
  • Recruiting and enrolling students that reflect the diversity within the community.
  • Cultivating a culture of authentic growth and inquiry that expands and deepens the compassion, awareness, and worldviews of our faculty and students.

*Outcome measures for these objectives include the Clinical Performance Evaluation,the Professional Fitness Evaluation, course syllabi, student and faculty demographic information, faculty publications and presentations, Student Graduation Exit Interviews, and the Annual Student Program Survey.

Application Deadlines (Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham campuses)

Application Deadlines

Charlotte Campus – 4701 Park Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28209

Fall 2014 Only ~ Application Packet due February 1, 2014 ($75.00)
Late Application due April 1 ($100.00) 

Raleigh/Durham Campus – 2880 Slater Road, Suite 100, Morrisville, North Carolina 27560

Spring 2014 ~ Application Packet due October 15, 2013 ($75.00)
Late Application due November 1, 2013 ($100.00) 

Fall 2014 ~ Application Packet due March 1, 2014 ($75.00)
Late Application due May 1, 2014 ($100.00) 

MFT Student Interviews

MFT Calendar of Events

Marriage and Family Therapy Program
Events for Fall/Spring/Summer 2014-2015

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Marriage and Family Therapy - Degree Requirements/Courses Offered

I. Theoretical Knowledge (9 s.h.)
MMFT 601 Introduction to Family Systems (Syllabus M01) (Criteria M01) (Syllabus M78) (Criteria M78) 3
MMFT 602 Family Therapy Theories (Syllabus and Criteria M01) (Syllabus M78) (Criteria for Evaluation M78) 3
MMFT 621 Advanced MFT Theories and Procedures (Syllabus) (Criteria) 3
II. Clinical Knowledge (27 s.h.)
MMFT 603 Theory and Practice of Group Therapy (Syllabus M01) (Criteria M01) (Syllabus M78 3
MMFT 604 Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders (Syllabus M01) (Criteria M01) (Syllabus M78) (Criteria M78) 3
MMFT 605 Addiction in Family Systems (Syllabus and Criteria M01) (Syllabus M78) 3
MMFT 606 Therapeutic Alliance -- Pre-Internship (Syllabus M01) (Syllabus M78) 3
MMFT 608 Crisis Intervention(Syllabus) (Criteria for Evaluation) 3
MMFT 620 Couples Therapy, Theory, and Techniques (Syllabus and Criteria) 3
MMFT 630 Assessment and Treatment Planning in Family Therapy (Syllabus M01) (Syllabus M78) (Criteria M78) 3
MMFT 640 Family Therapy: Children and Adolescents (Syllabus) 3
MMFT 670 Human Sexuality & Contextual Sex Therapy (Syllabus) (Criteria for Evaluation) 3
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 M01) (Criteria M01) (Syllabus M78) (Criteria M78) 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
IV. Professional Identity and Ethics (6 s.h.)
MMFT 610 Professional Identity and Issues in Marriage & Family
Therapy (Syllabus) (Criteria for Evaluation) (Section M78)
MMFT 680 Legal & Ethical Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy (Syllabus) (Criteria) 3
V. Research (3 s.h.)
PSYC 625 Research Methods and Program Evaluation (Syllabus M01) (Criteria M01) 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) (Syllabus M03)  (Syllabus MMFT 690) (Syllabus MMFT 690AAdditional semesters may be required to fulfill 500 minimum clinical face-to-face hours(250 individual & 250 relational).


VII. Thesis: Optional (6 s.h.)
PSYC 630 Statistical Application and Research Design 3
PSYC 635 Thesis 3


  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.