University of Akron

Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling Program

About the Program

Last Updated: 
September 06, 2013

The Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Program is a dually accredited master's and doctoral program (CACREP and COAMFTE). The master's degree entails 63 semester hours, and 500 direct clinical hours to graduate; the doctoral program is 120 semester hours (which may include transfer of appropriate master's level courses). Students must complete 1000 hours of direct client care to graduate, of which 500 hours may be brought in from a MFT master's degree. Students who complete the master's degree curriculum are eligible to sit for the MFT and PC licenses in the state of Ohio. Students admitted into the doctoral program must complete a dissertation for completion of their degrees. Initial clinical hours for both degrees are completed at the Clinic for Individual and Family Therapy, a clinic that serves the urban area.

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. Karin Jordan
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Family Therapy50%
  Couples therapy50%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 
Master's, Doctoral

Undergraduate Program

Dr. Karin Jordan

Graduate Program

Dr. Karin Jordan
Courses Offered: 

Master's Level

  • Introduction to Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Systems Theory
  • Marital Therapy
  • MFT Ethics & Professional Identity
  • Assessment & Treatment Issues in MFT
  • Issues in Sexuality
  • Techniques of Research
  • Counseling Theory and Phiolosophy
  • Tests & Appraisal
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Individual & Family Development
  • MFT Techniques of Counsleing
  • Counseling Children
  • Play Therapy
  • Group Counseling
  • DSM IV-R
  • Personality & Abnormal Behavior
  • Prepracticum
  • MFT Practicum
  • MFT Internship

Doctoral Level

  • Foundations of Education
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Medical Family Therapy
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Research Design I (Quantative) & II (Qualitative)
  • Professional Development
  • Advanced Counseling Practicums
  • Supervision I & II
  • Advanced Systems Theory
  • Seminar in MFT
  • Outcome Research in MFT
  • Internship
  • Dissertation

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy
  • Play Therapy

The Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program focuses on coursework designed to prepare students to work from a systemic perspective with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of mental health settings. The Program consists of 63 semester credit hours. Students are required to earn 500 client contact hours with a minimum of 100 hours of supervision. Clinical supervision is based on live observation, videotape, or audiotape. The MFT/C Program has accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). The Program is also accredited by CACREP and meets their program standards. In addition, the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Board has approved the MFT/C Program as meeting the educational requirements for marriage and family and counselor licensure eligibility.

Doctoral Level

Program Options: 
  • Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy
  • Medical Family Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Clinical Experience in Hospital Settings

The Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Doctoral Program is based on systems thinking and integrates theory, research skills, and clinical competencies to enhance the student's expertise within these areas. Training in research methodology and statistics is required culminating in a dissertation. The supervised practica (clinical experience) includes training in individual, couple, and family therapy, as well as coursework in the process of supervision in MFT. Clinical supervision is based on live observation, videotape, and case consultation. Students are expected to maintain clinical activity throughout their program. The doctoral program provides a unique clinical experience in  which psychiatric residents from local hospitals and MFT practicum students participate in co-therapy teams working with couples and families. The program consists of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours (30 + of these hours may be brought in from an appropriate Master's degree). The MFT/C Doctoral Program is accredited by COAMFTE and CACREP. Students will have accumulated 1000 hours of direct client care upon graduation and will be eligible to apply for AAMFT clinical membership.