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MS Marriage and Family Therapy

Required Courses
MFTK 501Introduction of MFT Theory3
MFTK 502Adv Marriage&Fam Ther Theory3
MFTK 507Ethics in MFT3
MFTK 509Assmnt\Treatmnt of Diverse Fam3
MFTK 513The Person of the Therapist-id3
MFTK 520Pre-Practicum3
MFTK 530Clinical Practicum I3
MFTK 550MFT Research Methods3
MFTK 551Diverse Couples Asmt & Treat3
MFTK 552Gender & Sexuality in MFT3
MFTK 553Medical Family Therapy3
MFTK 554Clinical Practicum II3
MFTK 556Combat Related Trauma3
MFTK 559Clinical Practicum III3
MFTK 560Clinical Practicum IV3
PSYK 500Behavioral Statistics3
PSYK 504Human Development3
Choose 3 of the following9
Treating Military Families
Common Factors in MFT
Group Process in MFT
Advanced Couples Interventions
Relationship Education
Adolescent in Family Therapy
Delinquency and MFT
Addiction in MFT
MFTK 577Comprehensive Exam0
Total Semester Credit Hours60

MFTK 501. Introduction of MFT Theory. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An introduction to historical development, theoretical and empirical foundations of systems theory including a survey of the major models of marriage, couple and family therapy.

MFTK 502. Adv Marriage&Fam Ther Theory. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An overview of the contemporary therapeutic directions in the field of marriage and family therapy. This course also includes an in-depth examination of the core competencies for marriage and family therapists.

MFTK 507. Ethics in MFT. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Provides an overview of ethical issues related to the profession and practice of Marriage and Family Therapy including the AAMFT Code of Ethics, professional identity, professional organizations and state licensure.

MFTK 509. Assmnt\Treatmnt of Diverse Fam. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An overview of the impact of diversity, power, and privilege as related to culture, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and religion in families and the influence of context on couple and family treatment. Assessments will focus on the use of genograms and treatment will focus on effectively helping multi-stressed families.

MFTK 513. The Person of the Therapist-id. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course explores the identification and the development of the person of the therapist, which serves to hone the students’ skills in the use of themselves in their therapy.

MFTK 520. Pre-Practicum. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course is oriented towards those students who are preparing for field placement. It is designed to provide interviewing and training skills in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. Marriage and Family Therapists in training are expected to gain an understanding of the role of the therapist, how clients change, and basic therapeutic strategies. Students will be exposed to basic skills and tools necessary to become competent clinicians. Role playing, videotapes, and use of the video camera will be utilized as part of the learning process. Also, a review of the on-campus clinic policies will be addressed. Prerequisite(s): MFTK 501. Field Experience Fee: $75.

MFTK 530. Clinical Practicum I. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course will require students to gain clinical experience in marriage and family therapy by providing direct face to face marriage and family therapy services in the on-campus clinic and additional approved practicum sites while under individual and group supervision provided by the Marriage and Family Therapy faculty in conjunction with the onsite supervisors. Students will be expected to demonstrate appropriate levels of competency, which will be assessed through direct supervision, video supervision, as well as case conference. Student will be expected to maintain appropriate documentation of their clinical work. Students will be required to meet clinical hour’s requirement as described in the departmental handbook Prerequisite(s): MFTK 501, MFTK 507, MFTK 520. Field Experience Fee $75.

MFTK 550. MFT Research Methods. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An overview of research methodology, data analysis and the evaluation of research in couple and family therapy. Course will address how research informs Marriage and Family Therapy common factors and evidence based practice.

MFTK 551. Diverse Couples Asmt & Treat. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An overview of theoretical models and skills necessary for effective treatment of couple relationship problems. Seminar format will offer training towards certification in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, as well as introduction to Emotion Focused Couples Therapy. Prerequisite(s): MFTK 501.

MFTK 552. Gender & Sexuality in MFT. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course is divided into four learning modules. The first learning module will focus on male and female sexual anatomy. The next two modules will address male and female sexual problems and their treatment. The final module will focus on special issues to take into account in the practice of sex therapy, including cultural diversity, age, disability and illness, sexual abuse and rape.

MFTK 553. Medical Family Therapy. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course is designed to prepare marriage and family therapists to work in larger behavioral health systems in a collaborative manner addressing the unique psychosocial problems of individuals, couples, and families with acute and chronic medically related concerns. Additionally, this course reviews the principles of individual diagnosis of mental illness as defined in the DSM and the implications for systematically based treatment.

MFTK 554. Clinical Practicum II. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course will require students to gain clinical experience in marriage and family therapy by providing direct face to face marriage and family therapy services in the on-campus clinic and additional approved practicum sites while under individual and group supervision provided by the Marriage and Family Therapy faculty in conjunction with the onsite supervisors. Students will be expected to demonstrate appropriate levels of competency, which will be assessed through direct supervision, video supervision as well as case conference. Student will be expected to maintain appropriate documentation of their clinical work. Students will be required to meet clinical hour’s requirements as described in the departmental handbook. Prerequisite(s): MFTK 501, MFTK 507, MFTK 520, MFTK 530, Field Experience Fee $75.

MFTK 555. Treating Military Families. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course will explore the unique characteristics of military families and will provide an overview of assessment and treatment options for common clinical concerns presented by military families.

MFTK 556. Combat Related Trauma. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course will explore the unique characteristics and symptoms of grief, PTSD and combat related trauma. Additionally, this course will discuss systemic treatment options in order to help clients meet their treatment goals.

MFTK 557. Common Factors in MFT. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Common factors, such as therapeutic relationship, client factors and hope/expectancy, will be explored and implications for clinical practice will be discussed.

MFTK 558. Group Process in MFT. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course involves the study of human relationships in groups, particularly in the group therapy context. The course explores-in theory and through class exercises-the application of various aspects of group dynamics including leadership, motivation, perception, power and decision making.

MFTK 559. Clinical Practicum III. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course will require students to gain clinical experience in marriage and family therapy by providing direct face to face marriage and family therapy services in the on-campus clinic and additional approved practicum sites while under individual and group supervision provided by the Marriage and Family Therapy faculty in conjunction with the onsite supervisors. Students will be expected to demonstrate appropriate levels of competency, which will be assessed through direct supervision, video supervision as well as case conference. Student will be expected to maintain appropriate documentation of their clinical work. Students will be required to meet clinical hour’s requirements as described in the departmental handbook. Prerequisite(s): MFTK 501, MFTK 507, MFTK 520, MFTK 530, MFTK 554 Field Experience Fee $75.

MFTK 560. Clinical Practicum IV. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course will require students to gain clinical experience in marriage and family therapy by providing direct face to face marriage and family therapy services in the on-campus clinic and additional approved practicum sites while under individual and group supervision provided by the Marriage and Family Therapy faculty in conjunction with the onsite supervisors. Students will be expected to demonstrate appropriate levels of competency, which will be assessed through direct supervision, video supervision as well as case conference. Student will be expected to maintain appropriate documentation of their clinical work. Students will be required to meet clinical hour’s requirements as described in the departmental handbook. Prerequisite(s): MFTK 501, MFTK 507, MFTK 520, MFTK 530, MFTK 5544, MFTK 559. Field Experience Fee $75.

MFTK 571. Advanced Couples Interventions. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course covers advanced skills and interventions in Gottman Method Couple Therapy and Emotion Focused Couple Therapy. Prerequisite(s): MFTK 501, MFTK 502, MFTK 551.

MFTK 572. Relationship Education. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course covers multiple approaches to providing relationship education directly to couples and provides students the opportunity to prepare presentations that could be delivered in real-world settings. Prerequisite(s): MFTK 501, MFTK 502, MFTK 551.

MFTK 581. Adolescent in Family Therapy. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course will explore MFT theories in relation to treatment of various disorders and presenting concerning in adolescence. Relational, systemic, and contextual factors are considered in the treatment of adolescents. This course will also explore other behavioral health systems that treat adolescents. Prerequisite(s): MFTK 501, MFTK 502, PSYK 504.

MFTK 582. Delinquency and MFT. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course covers juvenile delinquency and adolescent substance use through systernic and contextual lens. MFT theories related to juvenile delinquency and adolescent substance use, are examined and compared. Prerequisite(s): MFTK 501, MFTK 502, PSYK 504, MFTK 581.

MFTK 591. Addiction in MFT. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course covers a systemic framework for understanding addictions and how they impact the family system. Prerequisite(s): MFTK 501, MFTK 502.

PSYK 500. Behavioral Statistics. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Review of descriptive statistics with emphasis on inferential statistics. Includes correlation, one-way and two-way analysis of variance, regression analysis and experimental design. Use of computer software with emphasis on experience with SPSS. Prerequisite(s): undergraduate statistics recommended.

PSYK 504. Human Development. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

A lifespan survey of the development of human beings from conception to death. Topics included will be research and theory into physical, cognitive, social, and personality development in each of the different age groups: prenatal, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

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