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Program Assessments and Surveys

Distribution of MMFT Program Assessments & Surveys:  Program Feedback

Stakeholder Feedback (Program Survey) -- 1st Routing in May 2011-2012 (every two years) – 2nd Routing in May 2013-2014 -- 3rd Routing in May 2015-2016. Results will be addressed at the August Faculty Team Meeting with reasonable and necessary modifications to curriculum/ teaching-learning practices. 

Alumni Feedback (Program Survey) – 1st Routing in June 2011-2012 to graduates (every two years post-degree) -- 2nd Routing in May 2013-2014 -- 3rd Routing in May 2015-2016.  Results will be addressed at the August Team Meeting with reasonable and necessary modifications to curriculum/teaching-learning practices.

Employer Feedback (Program Survey) – 1st Routing in June 2012-2013 (every three years) --  2nd Routing in June 2015-2016 – 3rd Routing in June 2018-2019. Results will be addressed at the August Team Meeting with reasonable and necessary modifications to curriculum/teaching-learning practices.

IDEA Diagnostic Form Report (Faculty Classroom Electronic Evaluations) –

Per course every semester.  Evaluation of teaching and course effectiveness from individual classes is useful to guide professor improvement efforts.  Faculty members strive to reach minimum overall ratings of 70% or 3.5 on a 5-point scale for “Excellent Teacher,” “Excellent Course,” and “Summary Evaluation.” Faculty members strive for a summary score of 3.75 for his/her second year, and a minimum score of 4.0 by his/her third year of teaching at Pfeiffer.

Program Director/Site Director/Clinic Directors  Evaluation (Annual Program Survey) – Annually by mid- January. 12-month full-time MMFT Administrators are reviewed to reaffirm that they are academically, professionally, and experientially qualified to achieve the educational outcomes of the program.  Administrators strive to reach a minimum score of “4.0 out of 5” for each trait/attribute.

Student Feedback (Annual Program Survey) – Annually in early February.  Educational Outcomes are reviewed at MMFT Faculty Team Meeting in February during intensive program work retreat and reasonable and necessary modifications are proposed for implementation in August for the following academic year.

Student Support Services Satisfaction Survey (Annual Survey) – Annually in May.  Student Support Services Offices and Personnel are reviewed to better meet the needs and interests of students, and help motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.  Student Support Services are expected to reach a minimum score of 3.0 for each area of assessment.

Graduation Exit Interview (Electronic) – Distributed to every student during his/her last semester of enrollment just prior to Graduation in December, May, or August.  Results are addressed at each Exit Interview with the graduates to clarify any reasonable modifications to curriculum/teaching-learning practices.  During the annual Faculty Conference Week in August, the Faculty Team reviews the responses and determines those program recommendations that could be beneficial to students for the following academic year.

Institutional Planning/Faculty Goals, Assessment, & Evaluation – August Team Meeting (every year).  Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are assessed annually by May 1st and submitted to Institutional Planning Electronic Template.  Program goals are reviewed at the August Faculty Team Meeting during Faculty Conference Week and revised for the new academic year as voted. Faculty goals from the previous academic year (Self-Assessments) are submitted by September 12th to Program Director -- Directors submit faculty evaluations to Dean by October 8th. Faculty goals for the new academic year are developed and submitted by September 25th.

5-Year Program Review (formal) – Year 5 post-accreditation.  A formal Program Review and self-study for the Charlotte Campus branch accreditation renewal will begin in August 2013 for submission on November 1, 2014.  Renewal date is November, 2015.  Current (3)-Year renewal date for the Raleigh/Durham Campus branch is scheduled for May, 2017.

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Professional Peformance Evaluation

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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) 

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).

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Program Director: Dr. Susan B Wilkie-McHale, LPC , LMFT, NCC, NCSC
Professor * AAMFT Approved Supervisor * LPC Approved Supervisor
704.945.7359 | susan.wilkie@pfeiffer.edu

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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
  SUBTOTAL HOURS 9
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
  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 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
  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) (Section M78)
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 M01) (Criteria M01) 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) (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).

9+

  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.

 

 

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).

9+

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.

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.

Course Cycle

 

Course Course Title
Fall Spring
Summer
MMFT 600 Emerging Cross-Cultural Issues in Families & Communities
X
MMFT 601 Introduction to Family Systems X
MMFT 602 Family Therapy Theories
X
MMFT 603 Theory and Practice of Group Therapy X
MMFT 604 Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders X
MMFT 605 Addiction in Family Systems
X
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
MMFT 640
Family Therapy: Children and Adolescents
X
MMFT 670
Human Sexuality & Contextual Sex Therapy X
MMFT 680
Legal & Ethical Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy X
MMFT 690
Internship in Marriage & Family Therapy X X X
PSYC 600 Advanced Human Growth & Development
X
PSYC 610
Advanced Theories of Personality in Family Dynamics X
PSYC 615
Advanced Psychopathology in the Family Context
X
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
be introduced.

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
601, 602.

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
610, 680.

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
fatigue.

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
living.

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.

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