Marriage and Family Therapy, M.F.T.

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For further information: MarriageAndFamilyTherapyGrad@southernct.edu

Application Deadline
Rolling admission for fall semester.

About the Program

The Master's of Marriage and Family Therapy Program is a unique learning environment where students study to elicit change within the individual, relationship and community. Using a comprehensive overview of systemic theory, clinical techniques and evidence based practices, we offer a program that is professionally rewarding and personally transformative. Graduates are state license eligible and go on to become therapists for individuals, couples and family agencies, private practice settings and schools.

Admission Information

Students are admitted to the program from various undergraduate academic backgrounds. Prospective students with diverse backgrounds, work experiences and knowledge of the therapy process a preferred.

Entrance requirements include applications, references, group and individual interviews, and transcripts of all previous academic work. The program offers the choice of 2 or 3-year cohort tracks. Application materials may be downloaded from the departmental website: http://www.southernct.edu/academics/schools/health/academic-programs/marriagefamilytherapy/.

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Degree

The Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program at Southern Connecticut State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). This program offers a comprehensive training experience directed toward meeting theoretical and clinical standards expected of prospective licensed marriage and family therapists and meets the educations requirements necessary to proceed toward licensing as a Marital and Family Therapist by the State of Connecticut. Students interested in licensure outside Connecticut are encouraged to look into individual state requirements.

Within the program, the student will progress in three major areas:

1) General professional requirements include theoretical courses consistent with COAMFTE requirements, the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB), and the regulations for licensure for the State of Connecticut. These core courses are centered on learning the theory and practice of family therapy along with other major theories of systemic practice. In addition, the program has a strong focus on personal and professional attributes and dispositions.

2) Five hundred (500) hours of clinical experience are accrued in outside clinical internship settings and in the department's Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic. In addition to clinical practice, students are required to have group and individual supervision. A minimum of 50 hours of the required 100 hours of supervision includes raw data, either videotapes, audiotapes, or live supervision. The Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic has been in operation since 1979 and treats individuals, couples and families.

3) A required two semester concentration in Person-of-the Therapist training provides experimental, theoretical, and practical knowledge in working with individuals, couples, families, and groups from a present-centered perspective.

Graduates are eligible for associate membership in AAMFT and secure employment in various settings which include , schools and private practice. The student population often contains individuals from outside the state with a majority of Connecticut residents.

Program Sequence - 60 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

Students progress through the cohort (track) model choosing between courses spread in two or three-year timeframe:

Full Time (2-year track)

Year One Fall:

MFT 597 - Family of Origin - 3 credits
MFT 598 - Family Systems Theory I - 3 credits
MFT 505 - Gestalt Therapy Training - Introduction - 3 credits
MFT 620 - Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in MFT - 3 credits

Year One Spring:

MFT 668 - Family Systems Theory II - 3 credits
MFT 609 - Diversity and Multicultural Practice in MFT Practice - 3 credits
MFT 506 - Gestalt Therapy Training - Intermediate - 3 credits
MFT 562 - MFT Practicum I in Beginning Case Management and Clinical Skill Development - 3 credits
MFT 548 - Introduction to Family Clinic Policies and Procedures - 1.5 credits

Year One Summer:

MFT 669 - Family Systems Theory III: Current Trends in Family Interventions: Evidence Based Practice Models - 3 credits
MFT 563 - MFT Practicum II in Beginning Case Management and Clinical Skill Development - 3 credits
MFT 672 - Understanding the Treatment of Substance Addictions in Couples and Families - 3 credits

Year Two Fall:

MFT 610 - Couples Therapy - 3 credits
MFT 586 - Family and Individual Development Over the Life Cycle - 3 credits
MFT 662 - MFT Internship in Intermediate Case Management and Clinical Skill Development - 3 credits
MFT 605 - Advanced Gestalt Theory and Training I (optional) - 3 credits

Year Two Spring:

MFT 607 - Systemic Perspectives on Mental Health and Psychopathology - 3 credits
MFT 663 - MFT Internship in Advanced Case Management and Clinical Skill Development I - 3 credits
MFT 587 - Family Therapy Outcome Research - 3 credits
MFT 606 - Advanced Gestalt Theory and Training II (optional) - 3 credits

Year Two Summer:

MFT 658 - Topics in Family Studies - 3 credits
MFT 664 -  MFT Internship in Advance Case Management and Clinical Skill Development - 3 credits
MFT 673 - Treatment Issues in MFT: Integrating Spiritually and Religion in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy - 1.5 credits

Part Time (3-year track)

Year One Fall:

MFT 597 - Family of Origin - 3 credits
MFT 598 - Family Systems Theory I - 3 credits

Year One Spring:

MFT 668 -  Family Systems Theory II - 3 credits
MFT 609 - Diversity and Multicultural Practice in MFT Practice - 3 credits

Year One Summer:

MFT 669 - Systems Theory III: Current Trends in Family Interventions: Evidence Based Practice Models - 3 credits
MFT 672 - Treatment of Substance Addictions in Couples and Families - 3 credits

Year Two Fall:

MFT 505 - Gestalt Therapy Training - Introduction - 3 credits
MFT 620 - Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in MFT - 3 credits
MFT 610 - Couples Therapy - 3 credits

Year Two Spring:

MFT 506 - Gestalt Therapy Training - Intermediate - 3 credits
MFT 562 - MFT Practicum I in Beginning Case Management and Clinical Skill Development - 3 credits
MFT 548 - Intro to Clinic Policies, Procedures, Practices - 1.5 credits

Year Two Summer:

MFT 563 - MFT Practicum II Beginning Case Management and Clinical Skill Development - 3 credits
MFT 673 - Treatment Issues in MFT: Integrating Spiritually and Religion in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy -  1.5 credits

Year Three Fall:

MFT 586 - Family and Individual Development Over the Life Cycle - 3 credits
MFT 662 - MFT Internship in Intermediate Case Management and Clinical Skill Development - 3 credits
MFT 605 - Gestalt Therapy Training Internship I (optional) - 3 credits

Year Three Spring:

MFT 663 - MFT Internship in Advanced Case Management and Clinical Skill Development I -3 credits
MFT 607 - Systemic Perspectives on Mental Health and Psychopathology - 3 credits
MFT 587 - Family Therapy Outcome Research - 3 credits
MFT 606 - Gestalt Therapy Training Internship II (optional) -  3 credits

Year Three Summer:

MFT 664 - MFT Internship in Advanced Case Management and Clinical Skill Development II - 3 credits
MFT 658 - Topics in Family Studies - 3 credits