About the coursework

The Advanced Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy consists of the following courses over three semesters:

Spring 2012
MFT 620 Introduction to Systems Theory (Jan-Feb)
MFT 630 Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy (Mar-Apr)
MFT 701 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum I (Jan-Apr)

Summer 2012
MFT 650 Assessment in Family Therapy (May-June)
MFT 670 Legal and Ethical Issues in Family Therapy and
MFT 671 Child Abuse Prevention Workshop(July-Aug)
MFT 702 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum II (May-Aug)

Fall 2012
MFT 730 Couples and Sex Therapy (Sept-Oct)
MFT 760 Family Law (Nov-Dec)
MFT 703 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum III (Sept-Dec)

 

MFT 620 Introduction to Systems Theory
This course is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of the dynamics of family interaction from a ‘systems’ perspective. 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. The development of an understanding of ‘systems theory’, its application to family interaction, and its evaluation will form the basis of the course content. Topics included: historical and conceptual development of Family Systems Theory, introduction to General Systems Theory, family rules, roles, structure and interaction patterns, functional and dysfunctional family systems, life cycle issues in marriage and family and ethnicity and family therapy.
 
MFT 630 Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
This course is an introduction to the history, development, and systemic foundations of marriage and family therapy. This course will survey the various models and theories of family therapy with particular attention paid to the different conceptions of healthy and dysfunctional dynamics, goals in family therapy treatment, and associated therapeutic approaches and techniques. Particular attention will be paid to the development of the major schools of marriage and family therapy, the integration of various approaches in family therapy and the research outcomes of each.
 
MFT 701 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum I
This course will provide a 180 hours of the 500 global hours of clinical experience treating couples and families under supervision of a licensed marriage & family therapist. Over the course of practicum I, II, and III, students will provide at least 300 hours of direct contact with couples, families, and/or individuals with marital or family issues, of those hours 250 must be with families and couples.  Students will receive at least 1 hour of direct supervision at their practicum sites, and they will participate in practicum seminar on a weekly basis on campus.   Particular emphasis is placed on developing skills to assess and conceptualize cases from a chosen theoretical perspective.
 
MFT 650 Assessment in Family Therapy
This course will explore theoretical perspectives on marital and family assessment, along with a thorough examination of assessment techniques and treatment planning strategies using the Genogram and eco-map, as well as other assessment tools to determine patterns family systems interactions and develop effective treatment planning strategies.
 
MFT 670 Legal and Ethical Issues in Family Therapy
This course will focus on the ethical principles and professional standards of therapy practice, and survey the ethical and legal issues facing the professional Family and Marital therapists. Students will review professional goals, objectives, roles and functions of Marital and Family Therapists. This course also examines ethical and legal standards, risk management, professional credentialing and standards for professional counselors.
 
MFT 671 Child Abuse Prevention Workshop
Online course mandated by NYS
 
MFT 702 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum II
This course will provide a 500 global hours of clinical experience treating couples and families under supervision of a licensed marriage & family therapist. Students will provide at least 300 hours of direct contact with couples, families, and/or individuals with marital or family issues, of those hours 250 must be with families and couples.  Students will receive at least 1 hour of direct supervision at their practicum sites, and they will participate in practicum seminar on a weekly basis on campus.   Particular emphasis is placed on developing skills to assess and conceptualize cases from a chosen theoretical perspective.
 
MFT 730 Couples and Sex Therapy
This course will provide a foundation for the treatment of couples, by addressing common presenting issues such as, child-rearing problems, partner abuse (emotional and physical), jealousy and conflicts regarding affiliation, gender roles, and issues of intimacy and sexuality.   It will also present an overview of the field of sex therapy, by introducing students to sexual dysfunction and an overview of treatment techniques.
 
MFT 760 Family Law
This course outlines the rights of the parties in New York Family Law, with particular attention to the legal aspects of marriage, divorce, paternity, child custody, property, and spousal support.  Additionally, MFT 730 examines such issues as same-sex marriages, annulment, adoption, spousal violence and adoption laws. Emphasis on understanding and treating families who are involved in the legal system.
 
MFT 703 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum III
This course will provide a 500 global hours of clinical experience treating couples and families under supervision of a licensed marriage & family therapist. Students will provide at least 300 hours of direct contact with couples, families, and/or individuals with marital or family issues, of those hours 250 must be with families and couples.  Students will receive at least 1 hour of direct supervision at their practicum sites, and they will participate in practicum seminar on a weekly basis on campus.   Particular emphasis is placed on developing skills to assess and conceptualize cases from a chosen theoretical perspective.

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