The 48-credit Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Degree is developed to meet the NYS educational and experiential criteria for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Category Credits
Human Development 3
Clinical Knowledge 12
Theoretical Knowledge 9
Family Law 3
Research 3
Professional Ethics 3
Practica 12
Total 51
 

 

Curriculum Requirement, 33 credit hours

Course Number Course Title Credits
MFT 620 Structural Strategic and Systems Therapy 3
MFT 630 Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy 3
MFT 640 Psychopathology in the Family System 3
MFT 650 Assessment in Family Therapy 3
MFT 660 Group Processes and Techniques 3
MFT 670 Family Law & Ethical Issues in Family Therapy 3
MFT 671 Child Abuse Workshop 0
MFT 680 Treating Diverse Populations 3
MFT 690 Human Development and the Family Life Cycle 3
MFT 720 Research Methodology in Marriage and Family Therapy 3
MFT 730 Couples and Sex Therapy 3
MFT 740 Substance Abuse and Violence in the Family System 3
MFT 760 Trauma in Family Therapy 3

 

Practica Requirement, 12 credit hours

Course Number Course Title Credits
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

 

Capstone Requirement, 3 credit hours

Course Number Course Title Credits
MFT 751 Capstone Project I 3
MFT 752 Capstone Project II 0
 

*Completion of at least 18 credits, including MFT 660 Group Processes and Techniques, is required prior to registration in MFT 701 Practicum I. The Practicum course must be applied for the semester prior to course registration. A 3.0 grade point average is required to register in MFT 701.

Course Descriptions

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 620
COURSE TITLE: Structural Strategic and Systems Therapy
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

A. CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:


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.

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 630
COURSE TITLE: Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: MFT 620 Structural Strategic and Systems Therapy

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

A. CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

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.

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 640
COURSE TITLE: Psychopathology in the Family System
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course provides students with the most current information regarding the etiologies, and subsequent treatments, of the most prevalent mental illnesses in our society from a systemic perspective.

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 650
COURSE TITLE: Assessment in Family Therapy
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

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.

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 660
COURSE TITLE: Group Processes and Techniques
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of group development, process and dynamics within family systems. Students will learn theoretical and practical concepts related to the practice of group psychotherapy in a systemic context. Additionally, students will participate in an ongoing experiential process group throughout the semester.

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 670
COURSE TITLE: Family Law & Ethical Issues in Family Therapyy
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

A. CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

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.

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 671
COURSE TITLE: Child Abuse Workshop
CREDITS: Non-credit (online NYS workshop)
PREREQUISITES: must be co-registered for MFT 670

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This online course prepares students who are required by law to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment to the New York State Central Register. It is designed to help students understand the risk factors associated with child abuse, as well as to recognize emotional, physical and sexual abuse of children. Students will learn their roles and responsibilities as mandated child abuse reporters.

This course serves a dual purpose:
a) Requirement for MFT 670 (Legal & Ethical Issues in Family Therapy
b) Requirement for New York State License for Marriage & Family Therapist

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 680
COURSE TITLE: Treating Diverse Populations
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

A. CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course is designed to provide students with a general framework for understanding issues related to therapy with diverse populations, different cultures and lifestyles. The influence of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation will be explored.

COURSE NUMBER: MFT 690
COURSE TITLE: Human Development and the Family Life Cycle
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

A. CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course introduces students to the major theories that have shaped the marriage and family therapists' understanding of human growth and development from conception, childhood and adolescence, to early, middle and late adulthood. The stages of family-life cycle are examined at three different levels of analysis: individual, systemic, and relational ethical. Major psychological tasks of each stage are presented with an examination of the potential problems. Family dysfunctions at each stage are considered from a systemic point of view as compared to other, more individually oriented theories, such as behaviorism, psychodynamic and developmental theories

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 701
COURSE TITLE: Practicum I
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: All 600 level courses

Students MUST Maintain "Monthly Record of Practicum Hours & Supervision."
See Form enclosed with Syllabus.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

Through the sequence of MFT 701 Practicum I, MFT 702 Practicum II, and MFT 703 Practicum III students will accumulate 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.

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 720
COURSE TITLE: Research Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course is designed to enable graduate level students to read and understand existing research literature, to understand principal research methods and to apply research principals to the conduct of research projects. This course surveys the major methodologies for conducting research, and focuses on research report development, publication of data, and ethical considerations in conducting research. Students will also be introduced to the statistics necessary for describing and analyzing data. Special emphasis will be placed on reviewing marital, couple and family research.

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 730
COURSE TITLE: Couples and Sex Therapy
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

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.

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 740
COURSE TITLE: Substance Abuse and Violence in the Family System
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course presents a survey of the leading theorists and concepts in the field of family therapy. Students will become better acquainted with this field of therapy and will acquire skills necessary to work with families who are affected by violence and substance abuse.

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 751
COURSE TITLE: Capstone Project I
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: Practicum I and II

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

The Capstone Project is the culmination of a student's training that assesses ability to integrate course work and clinical experience into a unified working approach. The Capstone Experience Portfolio is evaluated by the student's advisor and one other faculty member. It includes a portfolio collection, a clinical case analysis, and future plan for professional development.

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 752
COURSE TITLE: Capstone Project II
CREDITS: 0.0
PREREQUISITES: Practicum I and II

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

A. CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

The Capstone Project is the culmination of a student's training that assesses ability to integrate course work and clinical experience into a unified working approach. The Capstone Experience Portfolio is evaluated by the student's advisor and one other faculty member. It includes a portfolio collection, a clinical case analysis, and future plan for professional development.

COURSE NUMBER: MFT 760
COURSE TITLE: Trauma in Family Therapy
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

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 720 examines such issues as same-sex marriages, annulment, adoption, spousal violence and adoption laws. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and treating families who are involved in the legal system.

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