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Program Description

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program is designed to prepare students to work with couples and families in a variety of settings, by providing both theoretical and practical skills in this highly specialized field. The emphasis is to train competent clinicians who conceptualize individual and family issues from a systemic perspective. The program is a 51 credit course of study that meets New York State educational requirements for licensure as an MFT. Students take courses that prepare them to work with families, couples and individuals, complete a 500-hour Marriage and Family Practicum and prepare a Capstone Project.

Upon completion of the program, graduates may seek employment in public and private sectors, where they work under supervision to complete the 1,500 hour NYS experience requirement for licensure. Clinicians have up to 2 years to fulfill the experience requirement and must pass a national qualifying exam in order to be eligible for licensure as an MFT. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists deliver services that focus on interactional and systemic issues affecting relationships within a couple or a family system.

Advanced Certificate Description

The Advanced Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) is a year and a half program.  It is designed to prepare students who already have a clinical graduate degree to work with couples and families in a variety of settings, by providing both theoretical and practical skills in this highly specialized field. The emphasis is to train competent clinicians who conceptualize individual and family issues from a systemic perspective. The program is a 30-credit course of study that meets New York State educational requirements for licensure as an MFT. Along with course work, students complete a 500-hour Marriage and Family Practicum.

Career objectives

Students who complete the M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy will:

  • Have a solid research-based clinical knowledge in the areas of family, group, couples, and individual therapy techniques.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the professional, legal and ethical issues related to the field of marriage and family therapy.
  • Develop therapeutic skills to work with diverse populations in a wide range of clinical settings.
  • Have received the educational requirements needed to obtain NYS licensure as a MFT.
  • Have completed 300 client contact hours.
  • Graduate from a program of study that includes the breadth and depth of knowledge needed for preparation for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Exam.

Students who complete the Advanced Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy will:

  • Have a solid research-based clinical knowledge in the areas of family, group, couples, and individual therapy techniques
  • Have a thorough understanding of the professional, legal and ethical issues related to the field of marriage and family therapy
  • Develop therapeutic skills to work with diverse populations in a wide range of clinical settings
  • Have the educational requirements needed to obtain NYS licensure as a MFT
  • Have completed 300 client contact hours;
  • Graduate from a program of study that includes the breadth and depth of knowledge needed for preparation for the National MFT Exam

Program Design

Students are admitted once per year, in the fall term and proceed through the program as a cohort. All students participate in a Program Orientation two weeks before the start of the first class. Orientation will include the Program Director, the Clinical Director, and faculty who will provide an overview of the program, internship, and capstone project requirements.  This forum will encourage students to ask questions and obtain clarification regarding their upcoming academic and training experience.

Coursework

The MFT Program is offered as a fixed sequence of twelve required, 8-week courses and one 8 week elective course. Courses are taken one at a time.  Students must complete a 500 hr supervised MFT Internship (with a minimum of 300 client contact hours; 250 of these hours must be relational – more than one client in the room) and must complete a capstone project. Each 8-week course includes 30-in-class hours (split between the fourth and eighth weekends of the course) with 4-week intervals of online learning (which equal 8 hours of seat time) and independent study with faculty support as needed.

Each of the thirteen 8-week courses will proceed as follows:

Week 1

Students receive all learning materials, including course syllabus, reading assignments, research paper topics, and/ or project assignments. Begin online assignments such as journals, article summaries and reflections.

Weeks 2 & 3

Students work independently on assignments with faculty support as needed.  The students also continue with online assignments.

Weekend 4

Students spend 15 hours in class (8 hours Saturday, and 7 hours Sunday)

Weeks 5, 6, & 7

Students work independently on assignments with faculty support as needed.  Students continue online assignments such as journals, article summaries and reflections.

Weekend 8

Students spend 15 hours in class (8 hours on Saturday, and 7 hours on Sunday.). At the end of weekend 8, students receive all learning materials for the next class in the sequence, hence marking that course’s week 1.

Practicum

The supervised practicum experience requires a substantial time commitment on the part of the student of at least 10 hours during the week in a clinical setting (two full days or several evenings) in addition to weekend courses taken simultaneously in those three and a half semesters. Accordingly, students will be advised by both Admissions counselors and faculty (during the admission interview) prior to starting the program that they must adjust other time commitments during the clinical phase of their training.

The MFT program’s rigorous requirements for supervision and clinical experience include:

  • 500 hours of supervised clinical experience. Of these, 300 hours must be face-to-face contact with individuals, couples or families
  • To adhere to accreditation guidelines for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, 250 of the 300 hours must be with couples or families
  • To adhere to accreditation guidelines for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, students are required to accumulate 100 hours of clinical supervision with an LMFT Supervisor, of which 50 hours must be “live supervision” via video, audio or live supervision. These 100 hours may be accumulated during the course of the 500 global hours or during the Practicum class on campus.

Students will use the MFT Monthly Record of Practicum Hours and Supervision Form to record their practicum hours (attached with Practicum Syllabus). Three signatures will be required on this form—the student’s, the site supervisor’s and the campus supervisor’s. The student’s campus supervisor will be the College representative responsible for meeting with each student to ensure that the forms are being maintained and the hours completed. The Clinical Director will be responsible for maintaining records of training hours.

M.A. and Advanced Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy Program Schedule

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy Program Schedule

FIRST YEAR (Fall 1)

 

Course Number & Title

Credits

MFT 620 Structural, Strategic & Systemic Family Therapies

3

System MFT 670 Family Law & Ethical Issues In Family Therapy

3

MFT 671 Child Abuse Prevention Workshop (online)

0

MFT 640 Psychopathology in the Family

3

Term credit total

9

FIRST YEAR (Spring 1)

 

Course Number & Title

Credits

MFT 631 Family & Couple Therapy Skills

3

MFT 651 Social Constructionist Theories

3

 MFT 690 Human Development & the Family Life Cycle

3

MFT 701 MFT Practicum I

3

Term credit total

12

SECOND YEAR (Fall 2)

 

Course Number & Title

Credits

MFT 661 Transgenerational Theories

3

MFT 720 Research Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy

3

MFT 730 Sex Therapy

3

MFT 702 Practicum II

3

Term credit total

12

SECOND YEAR (Spring 2)

 

Course Number & Title

Credits

 MFT 680 Treating Diverse Populations

3

MFT 761 Trauma and the Family

3

MFT 703 Practicum III

3

Term credit total

9

THIRD YEAR (Fall 3)

 

Course Number & Title

Credits

MFT 740 Substance Abuse and Violence in the Family System

3

MFT 704 Practicum IV

3

MFT 763 Sex Therapy II or MFT 762 Child & Adolescent Therapy

3

Term credit total

9

Total credit hours

51

 

Advanced Certificate in Marriage And Family Therapy Program Schedule

TERM: Fall 1

 

Course Number & Title

Credits

MFT 620 Structural, Strategic & Systemic Family Therapies

3

MFT 661 Transgenerational Theories

3

MFT 702 Practicum II

3

Term credit total

9

TERM: Spring 1

 

Course Number & Title

Credits

MFT 631 Family & Couple Therapy Skills

3

MFT 670 Family Law & Ethical Issues In Family Therapy

3

MFT 671 Child Abuse Prevention Workshop (online)

0

MFT 703 Practicum III

3

Term credit total

9

TERM: Summer 1

 

Course Number & Title Credit

 

MFT 704 Practicum IV

3

MFT 730 Sex Therapy

3

MFT 761 Trauma and the Family

3

Term credit total

9

Total credit hours

27

 

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Licensure-Qualifying Curriculum Content Areas

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy: Licensure-Qualifying Curriculum Content Areas

Required Content Areas:

Course Number(s), Titles(s) and Semester Hours

  1. study of human development, including individual, child and family, at least 3 semester hours;

MFT 690 Human Development and the Family Life Cycle (3)

  1. marriage and family clinical knowledge, including but not limited to psychopathology, at least 12 semester hours;

MFT 640 Psychopathology in the Family System (3), MFT 631 Family and Couple Therapy Skills (3), MFT 680 Treating Diverse Populations (3), MFT 730 Sex Therapy (3); MFT 763 Sex Therapy II or MFT 762 Child & Adolescent Therapy (3)

  1. marriage and family theoretical knowledge, at least 6 semester hours;

MFT 620 Structural, Strategic and Systemic Family Therapies (3), MFT 651 Social Constructionist Theories (3), MFT 661 Transgenerational Theories (3)

  1. family law;

MFT 670 Family Law & Ethical Issues in Family Therapy (3)

  1. research, at least 3 semester hours;

MFT 720 Research Methodology in Marriage and Family Therapy (3)

  1. professional ethics, at least 3 semester hours;

MFT 670 Legal & Ethical Issues in Family Therapy (3)

  1. recognition and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment; and

MFT 671Child Abuse Prevention Workshop (0)

  1. supervised practicum in marriage and family therapy of at least 300 client contact hours.

MFT 701 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum I (3), MFT 702 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum II (3), MFT 703 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum III (3), MFT 704 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum IV (3)

 

Advanced Certifiate in Marriage and Family Therapy: Licensure-Qualifying Curriculum Content Areas

Required Content Areas:

Course Number(s), Titles(s) and Semester Hours

  1. study of human development, including individual, child and family, at least 3 semester hours;

Met through prerequisites/admissions criteria

  1. marriage and family clinical knowledge, including but not limited to psychopathology, at least 12 semester hours;

MFT 631 Family and Couple Therapy Skills (3)

MFT 730 Sex Therapy (3)

(6 additional hours to be met through prerequisites/admissions criteria)

  1. marriage and family theoretical knowledge, at least 6 semester hours;

MFT 620 Structural, Strategic and Systemic Family Therapies (3) MFT 651 Social Constructionist Theories (3), MFT 661 Transgenerational Theories (3)

  1. family law;

MFT 670 Family Law & Ethical Issues in Family Therapy (3)

  1. research, at least 3 semester hours;

Met through prerequisites/admissions criteria

  1. professional ethics, at least 3 semester hours;

MFT 670 Legal & Ethical Issues in Family Therapy (3)

  1. recognition and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment; and

MFT 671Child Abuse Prevention Workshop (0)

  1. supervised practicum in marriage and family therapy of at least 300 client contact hours.

MFT 702 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum I (3)

MFT 703 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum II (3)

MFT 704 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum III (3)

Note for students completing the Advanced Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy: Students pursuing the Advanced Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy will not meet some of the content area requirements through the completion of the certificate. However, because these students are required to hold a master's level degree in a related field (Mental Health Counseling, for example), they will have already satisfied the content requirements (through prerequisites). Admissions requirements for the Advanced Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy ensure that students will already have completed the required content areas for three hours of study of human development, including individual, child and family; six hours of marriage and family clinical knowledge, including but not limited to psychopathology; and, three hours of research.

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