Educational Outcomes Flowchart
Program Assessments and Surveys
Distribution of MMFT Program Assessments & Surveys: Program Feedback
Professional MFT Principles (PMFTPs)
- Program of Study Form
- Professional Fitness Evaluation Form
- Application for Clinical Internship
- Clinical Performance Evaluation
- Graduation Audit Checklist
- Student Complaint Form
Social Media Policy
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Professional Peformance Evaluation
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Clinic Policy Procedure Manual
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.
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)
Charlotte Campus â€“ 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 â€“ 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)
About the Program
The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pfeiffer is designed to prepare graduate students 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 MFT 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. In collaboration with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Pfeiffer University MFT Program is an accredited MFT Graduate School approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).
Program Director: Dr. Susan B Wilkie-McHale, LPC , LMFT, NCC, NCSC
Professor * AAMFT Approved Supervisor * LPC Approved Supervisor
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MFT Calendar of Events
Marriage and Family Therapy Program
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MFT Student Interviews
Marriage and Family Therapy - Program of Study/Courses Offered
The MMFT program requires a minimum of 66 semester hours which provides foundational coursework and clinical training based on designated Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), course embedded core competencies, and (3) consecutive semesters or more as needed to accrue 500 hours of direct client contact (250 individual, 250 relational) and 100 hours of monitored supervision provided by AAMFT Approved Supervisors or supervisor candidates. The Program of Study typically takes 3-4 years to complete, but must be completed within 5 years of initial enrollment. Additionally, students must pass a comprehensive examination with a 70% passing rate (140/200) prior to graduation.
The MMFT Program’s Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) include the following primary concepts:
• Theoretical Knowledge/Academic Training
• Clinical Effectiveness
• Individual and Relational Development
• Professional Identity and Ethics
MMFT Program of Study
I. Assessment and Diagnosis (6 SH)
MMFT 604 Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders
MMFT 630 Assessment and Treatment Planning in Family Therapy
II. Human Development and Family Relations (9 SH)
MMFT 640 Family Therapy: Children and Adolescents
PSYC 600 Advanced Human Growth and Development
PSYC 615 Advanced Psychopathology in the Family Context
III. Practice of MFT (12 SH):
MMFT 600 Emerging Cross-Cultural Issues in Families and Communities
MMFT 606 Therapeutic Alliance – Pre-Internship
MMFT 620 Couples Therapy, Theory, and Techniques
MMFT 670 Human Sexuality and Contextual Sex Therapy
IV. Professional Identity and Ethics (6 SH):
MMFT 610 Professional Identity and Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy
MMFT 680 Legal & Ethical Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy
V. Research (3 SH):
PSYC 625 Research Methods & Program Evaluation
VI. Theoretical Foundation of MFT (9 SH):
MMFT 601 Introduction to Family Systems
MMFT 602 Family Therapy Theories
MMFT 621 Advanced MFT Theories and Procedures
VII. Clinical Practice (9-15 SH): *
MMFT 690 Internship in Marriage & Family Therapy
* (3-5 consecutive semesters as needed to complete a minimum of 500 clinical hours – 250 individual & 250 relational)
VIII. Additional Core Coursework (12 SH)
MMFT 603 Theory and Practice of Group Therapy
MMFT 605 Addiction in Family Systems
MMFT 608 Crisis Intervention
PSYC 610 Advanced Theories of Personality in Family Dynamics
MMFT Program Information and Events – Charlotte Campus & Raleigh/Durham Campus Locations
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. The degree provides the clinical and academic training required for becoming a licensed therapist working with individuals, couples and families in a variety of professional settings. The curriculum, which requires 66 hours and usually takes 3-4 years to complete (contingent on a full-time or part-time commitment respectively), includes clinical training that focuses on developing ethical therapy skills, increasing professionalism and building community partnerships.
The Marriage and Family Therapy 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 meets the academic and experiential requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of North Carolina, and prepares students for the national examination in Marital and Family Therapy (AMFTRB).
Student admission to the program is determined by a structured application process and the approval of the MMFT Admissions Committee. Rigorous clinical training is required through the completion of a supervised internship which requires 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 enrollment. 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 initial 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 practicum 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 the practicum, 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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|IV. Professional Identity and Ethics (6 s.h.)|
|MMFT 610||Professional Identity and Issues in Marriage & Family
Therapy (Syllabus) (Criteria for Evaluation)
|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)||3|
|VI. Supervised Clinical Practice (9-15 s.h.) Minimum of (3) consecutive semesters|
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).
|VII. Thesis: Optional (6 s.h.)|
|PSYC 630||Statistical Application and Research Design||3|
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The MFT Program does not discriminate based on age, culture, ethnicity, gender, physical disability, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
Mission Statement & Values
Pfeiffer University Mission Statement
“Pfeiffer University is a globally engaged, regional university distinctive for its transformational undergraduate experiences and its leadership in professional and graduate programs that fill demonstrated needs. Vested in its history as a United Methodist-related university and propelled forward by an innovative faculty and staff, Pfeiffer prepares its students for a lifetime of achievement, scholarship, spirituality and service. “
Since the university was established in 1885, the institution has emphasized preparing students to become “transformative servant leaders.”
Pfeiffer University Educational Goals – Graduate School
“The graduate programs are designed to offer the depth of education and specialized skills necessary for graduates to practice and contribute to their professions. Graduates will be expected to have demonstrated abilities in analyzing, planning, and performing in relation to specific problems and issues. These skills are evaluated through the use of designated capstone courses and internship within each graduate program.”
Pfeiffer University Core Values
1) Liberal Learning and Professional Competence
2) Free Inquiry and Intellectual Integrity
3) Service and Leadership
4) Unity in Diversity
5) Faith and Reason
6) Personal Piety and Social Action
COAMFTE Mission Statement
“The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education’s (COAMFTE) mission is to promote best practices for Marriage and Family Therapy educational programs through the establishment, review and revision of accreditation standards and policies, and the accreditation of graduate and post-graduate educational programs.”
Marriage and Family Therapy Mission Statement
The mission of the Master of Arts degree (MA) in the Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) Program at Pfeiffer University “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 also engenders “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 competent practice of marriage and family therapy.”
The overall goal is to graduate competent, professional, and ethical Marriage and Family Therapists, hence the “specialized skills necessary for graduates to practice and contribute to their professions.”
Our mission, goals, objectives, and expected educational outcomes also reflect the influence of the Professional Marriage and Family Therapy Principles (PMFTPs): 1) Professional Marriage and Family Therapy Standards and Educational Guidelines; 2) MFT Core Competencies, 2004; 3) AAMFT Code of Ethics, 2012; 4) AMFTRB Guidelines; and 5) the North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Act – NC Statutes, and North Carolina Administrative Code.
|Course|| Course Title
|MMFT 600||Emerging Cross-Cultural Issues in Families & Communities
|MMFT 601||Introduction to Family Systems||X|
|MMFT 602||Family Therapy Theories
|MMFT 603||Theory and Practice of Group Therapy||X|
|MMFT 604||Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders||X|
|MMFT 605||Addiction in Family Systems
|MMFT 606||Therapeutic Alliance -- Pre-Internship||X|
|MMFT 608||Crisis Intervention||X|
|MMFT 610||Professional Identity and Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy||X|
|MMFT 620||Couples Therapy, Theory, and Techniques||X
|MMFT 621||Advanced MFT Theories and Procedures||X
|MMFT 630||Assessment and Treatment Planning in Family Therapy||X|
||Family Therapy: Children and Adolescents
||Human Sexuality & Contextual Sex Therapy||X|
||Legal & Ethical Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy||X|
||Internship in Marriage & Family Therapy||X||X||X|
|PSYC 600||Advanced Human Growth & Development
||Advanced Theories of Personality in Family Dynamics||X
||Advanced Psychopathology in the Family Context
|PSYC 625||Research Methodology & Program Evaluation||X|
|PSYC 630||Optional: Statistical Application and Program Evaluation||X|
|PSYC 635||Optional: Thesis Completion||X|
Course Descriptions - MFT Program
MMFT - 600 Emerging Cross-Cultural Issues in Families & Communities F (3 SH)
An exploration of therapy issues related to a culturally diverse population, including
societal attitudes and behaviors based on gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion,
socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and disability status. The sensitive delivery of
interventions tomeet the special needs of clients and subsequent research on therapistclient
cultural congruence will be also be addressed.
MMFT - 601 Introduction to Family Systems F (3 SH)
This course is an introduction to the history and systemic foundations of the study and
understanding of family life with emphasis on the various theories of family process and
development. Case examples to help students visualize the complexity of couple and
family interaction and the need for both basic and specialized family counseling skills will
MMFT - 602 Family Therapy Theories S (3 SH)
A survey of contemporary, multicultural, and contextual analyses of the major models
of marriage and family therapy, the integration of various approaches in relationship
therapy, and the research outcomes which document the state of MFT effectiveness.
Prerequisite: MMFT 601.
MMFT - 603 Theory and Practice of Group Therapy F (3 SH)
This course is designed to provide students with theoretical understanding and training
in the use of groups in clinical and educational settings. Included will be an application
of effective psychotherapy skills and procedures to help prepare students to work with
children, youth,and adults in a systemic context. Additionally, students will participate in
an ongoing experiential process group throughout the semester. Prerequisites: MMFT
MMFT - 604 Diagnosis of Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders in Family Systems F (3 SH)
This course is designed to examine the DSM-IV-TR major classifications of psychological
disorders that impede healthy family functioning. Methods of assessment and diagnosis,
evidence based research, treatment, and psychopharmacology of these disorders
will be studied. Strengths and weaknesses of the current diagnostic system and a multidimensional
individual assessment and social history approach including a biopsychosocial intake and mental status exam will be presented.
MMFT - 605 Addiction in Family Systems Sum (3 SH)
This course examines the disease model vs. systemic views of addiction and treatment.
Markers of abuse and dependence are identified as well as its impact on individuals,
couples, and families. Specific attention to a systems perspective and various therapeutic
approaches for the treatment of chemical dependency and substance abuse will
serve as a critical guide to assessment and intervention efforts. Prerequisites: MMFT
MMFT - 606 Therapeutic Alliance--Pre Internship F (3 SH)
The study of theory, processes, and techniques involved in establishing and maintaining
the therapeutic alliance with individuals, couples, and family systems. This course is
designed as a pre-internship experience, specifically the transition from the classroom to
the clinical experience, and includes the application of basic attending skills, accurate
assessment, and effective treatment through laboratory demonstration and direct
supervisory appraisal to develop and maintain therapeutic alliance. Prerequisites:
MMFT 601, 602, 604, 630.
MMFT - 608 Crisis Intervention S (3 SH)
This course is intended for advanced students pursuing studies in psychology, criminal
justice, counselor education, and the human services and mental health professions.
Basic issues and strategies in the theory and practice of trauma and crisis intervention
will be addressed including the application of practical helping skills and techniques.
Special topics include normal assessment of situation stress and chronic stress, grief
and loss, lethality, suicide/homicide, mass disaster, child and elder abuse, domestic
violence, rape and assault, violence in the schools and in the work place, post traumatic
therapy and recovery, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), and compassion
MMFT - 610 Professional Identity & Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy Sum (3 SH)
A survey of current issues relating to professional identity and functioning in the field of
Marriage and Family Therapy including a greater understanding of self-development and
the therapist's understanding of self when working with systems. Students will be
introduced to the organizational structure of ethical practice including therapist-client
agreements, record keeping, professional liability, third party coding and billing, referral
resources for special needs, certification and licensure requirements, and the utilization
of supervision and consultation in both professional and therapeutic practice.
MMFT - 620 Couples Therapy, Theory, and Techniques S (3 SH)
This course provides theoretical and practical foundations for the practice of couples
therapy including marital and pre-marital work. Students will experience the application
of current evidence-based methods for assessing and treating relationship problems
from a systems perspective. Students will also have an opportunity to explore a variety
of dyadic relationships in which individuals are struggling with common clinical issues
that cause distress and dysfunction as well as problems in the therapeutic discourse.
Attention will be given to the influence and impact of socio-economic and socio-cultural
factors on couple relationships including gender and power, jealousy, infidelity, partner
abuse/violence, and sexual abuse. Prerequisites: MMFT 601, 602, 604, 630.
MMFT - 621 Advanced MFT Theories and Procedures F (3 SH)
Special focus will be given to advanced techniques and practical applications to
individual, marital, couple, family, and group psychotherapy in the clinical setting,
including an introduction to family mediation as an approach to helping families deal
effectively with separation and divorce. Normative family transitions and processes,
family competence, family resilience, and interactional patterns in marital success or
failure are addressed. Interventions for the enhancement of family coping strategies
also include special issues of diversity, acute relationship distress, child, spouse, and
elder abuse in the family setting, disability, death, crisis intervention, and grief and loss.
Prerequisites: MMFT 601, 602, 604, 620, 630 & 670.
MMFT - 630 Assessment and Treatment Planning in Family Therapy S (3 SH)
An advanced look at clinical theory, systemic interviewing skills, biopsychosocial history,
methods of assessment and interpretation, family assessment instruments, and systemic
interventions for working with couples and families in marriage and family therapy.
Prerequisites: MMFT 601 & 604.
MMFT - 640 Family Therapy: Children and Adolescents Sum (3 SH)
This course will present principles of healthy child/adolescent development and
techniques used in establishing effective parent-child relationships from the perspective
of marriage and family systems. Research, theory, and practice regarding childhood/
adolescent diagnostic categories of the DSM-IV-TR will also be studied. Special issues
regarding therapy with minors and creative approaches for building mutually desired
outcomes including the facilitation of play therapy will be explored. Prerequisites: MMFT
610 & 680.
MMFT - 670 Human Sexuality & Contextual Sex Therapy S (3 SH)
Introduction to the theory and practice of sex therapy will be presented to investigate
the dominant issues of dysfunctional and pathological sexual functioning, and its
effects on individuals, couples, and family systems. Appropriate assessment and
intervention methods utilizing a contextual approach will be studied. Prerequisites:
MMFT 601, 602, 604, & 630.
MMFT - 680 Legal & Ethical Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy Sum (3 SH)
This comprehensive overview stresses the ethical standards of professional therapy,
ethical and legal issues, and their applications to various marriage and family tasks.
Ethical dilemmas will be examined through a case approach and preparation and
procedure for legal processes and court testimony will be addressed.
MMFT - 690 Internship in Marriage & Family Therapy F; S; Sum (9 SH)
The central goal of this course is to assist students in applying theory, modalities, and
methods of therapeutic process to face-to-face counseling sessions. Interns will learn
the process of proper record keeping, confidentiality, intake processes, and treatment
planning. Interns will participate in the process of supervision of counseling and case
conferencing which are processes that must evolve following graduation from the MFT
program in preparation for licensure and onto clinical practice. Interns will be encouraged
to integrate theory and practice into their client sessions. This class is designed for
structured supervision of advanced students in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Appropriate placement in a clinical marriage and family therapy setting will include 500
hours of client contact hours (250 individual & 250 relational) over a minimum of 3
consecutive semesters, and a total of 100 hours of supervision by an AAMFT Approved
Supervisor or AAMFT Supervisory Candidate (30 hours of individual supervision and 70
hours of group supervision). Note: Of the 100 required hours, 50 must be live supervision.
Lab fee: $125.00 per semester. Prerequisite: Permission of MFT Program Faculty,
Clinic Director, and Program Director.
MMFT - 698 Special Topics F; S; Sum (3 SH)
Formal courses of specialized interest will be offered on a rotating basis. At least one
topic may be offered during any one semester as an elective course. A specific title will
be used for each course and will be entered on the student's transcript. The intention
of this course is to permit the student to pursue special topics in professional therapy,
e.g., Career Development and Life Skills, Analysis of the Individual, Play Therapy,
Gerontological Counseling, Art Therapy, etc.
PSYC - 600 Advanced Human Growth & Development S (3 SH)
An examination of the principles of human development and a survey of the stages
of lifespan development from prenatal & neonatal development to death and bereavement
with emphasis on the resultant issues influencing family development and its
subsequent therapeutic process. Developmental crises, play therapy, elder care,
addictive behavior, psychopathology, biopsychosocial factors, and environmental
influences are discussed.
PSYC - 610 Advanced Theories of Personality in Family Dynamics F (3 SH)
This is an advanced course designed to expose students to the most prominent
theories of personality with emphasis on the various theoretical models, the historical
context in which they were developed, and how the empirical research has been
informed by these theories. In order to establish a therapeutic alliance with clients,
students will effect therapeutic change by developing a better understanding of their
own personality and the personalities of others. Special attention will be given to
"positive psychology," and the knowledge about what makes human life most worth
PSYC - 615 Advanced Psychopathology in the Family Context S (3 SH)
This course is designed for advanced students in the helping professions who will need
a broader and firmer background in psychopathology and psychopharmacology to
administer client care at a professional level. Students will examine the interactive
processes hypothesized in the etiology and maintenance of various mental and
emotional disorders, and be introduced to effective treatment planning and the
combined effects of currently used psychotropic medications. Diagnostic dilemmas and
approaches with special emphasis on cultural and ethical considerations will be
presented with an overall focus on the development of strong diagnostic skills.
PSYC - 625 Research Methods & Program Evaluation F (3 SH)
This introductory course is designed to enable graduate level students to read and
understand existing research literature, to understand principal research methods, and
to apply research principles to the conduct of research projects. This course lays a
foundation upon which other counseling courses build during the graduate program in
preparing students for the counseling profession.
PSYC - 630 Optional: Statistical Application and Research Design S (3 SH)
This course includes an overview of statistical theory and application for students
planning to complete a master's thesis in marriage and family therapy. Students will
learn basic statistical concepts including appropriate research design, and how to
conduct research aimed at enhancing their studies in marriage and family counseling.
An original research project will be required using the SPSS computerized data analysis
method. Prerequisite: Permission of MFT Program Faculty and Program Director.
PSYC - 635 Optional: Thesis Completion Sum (3 SH)
Prerequisite: Permission of MFT Program Faculty and Program Director.