Hope International University

Marriage & Family Therapy Program
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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program provides academic and clinical training for a career as a professional marriage and family therapist. Marriage and family therapists are mental health professionals trained and licensed to independently diagnose and treat mental health and substance abuse problems. Students are trained to treat relational mental health issues with individuals, couples and families from a family systems perspective. Licensed marriage and family therapists work in a variety of settings which include hospitals, clinical/social service agencies, churches, educational institutions and private practices.

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy is a 60-unit program. The program is designed to integrate both theory and practice, grounded in Christian principles, to help families restore broken relationships, resolve life challenges, and develop satisfying relationships. Sound research skills, theoretical teaching, practical application, and clinical training are core to the curriculum. The faculty guide students through academic studies, clinical courses, self-assessment measures, and professional development which all provide a rich educational experience. The MFT program at Hope International University accepts students from around the world and is dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations. The MFT program is dedicated to providing students with the knowledge, skill, and professionalism to respect people indiscriminate of background, age, gender, race, etc.

Program Mission

The Marriage and Family Therapy program (MFT) develops highly trained counselors, grounded in Christian principles, who help families to restore broken relationships, resolve life challenges, and develop adequate and satisfying relationships.

Program Purpose

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program provides academic and clinical training for a career as professional marriage and family therapist. Students are trained to treat relational mental health issues with individuals, couples, and families from a family systems perspective.

Program Objectives

Knowledge

Demonstrate knowledge related to 1) clinical case conceptualization, diagnosis, intervention, and the use of community mental health resources, 2) knowledge of the principles of marriage and family therapy, and 3) to write and articulate their personal theoretical model for therapy.

Professionalism

Demonstrate skills that reflect high standards of professionalism and commitment to ethical and professional behavior consistent with the standards of counseling and psychology and Christian principles.

Clinical

Demonstrate clinical skills and the ability to apply innovative therapeutic techniques to meet the diverse needs of individuals and families.

Research

Be able to critically evaluate and conduct clinical research related to all aspects of therapy ensuring the highest quality of therapeutic skill related to all aspects of therapy ensuring the highest quality of therapeutic skill

The following are Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) and Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) defined by the MFT program.

MFT Program Goals and Objectives

PLO 1. Knowledge: Student will demonstrate essential knowledge (1) related to clinical case conceptualization, diagnosis, intervention, and the use of community mental health resources, (2) knowledge of the principles of marriage and family therapy, and (3) to write and articulate their personal theoretical model for therapy.

SLO 1.1: Students articulate a theoretical and conceptual systems framework and personal therapeutic approach for marital and family issues.

SLO 1.2: Students demonstrate knowledge and application of key concepts related to systems thinking, contextual factors, human development, psychological, social, biological, and spiritual factors effecting human relationships.

SLO 1.3: Students demonstrate awareness of issues of diversity and practice culturally sensitive family therapy.

SLO 1.4: Students demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal standards in marriage and family therapy.

SLO 1.5: Students will evidence the integration of comprehensive knowledge of clinical and family systems concepts and processes in oral and written communication.

SLO 1.6 Students will demonstrate knowledge of a Christian worldview and how this impacts the therapeutic relationship.

PLO 2. Professionalism: Student will demonstrate skills that reflect high standards of professionalism and commitment to ethical and professional behavior consistent with the standards of counseling and psychology and Christian principles.

SLO 1.1: Students articulate a theoretical and conceptual systems framework and personal therapeutic approach for marital and family issues.

SLO 1.2: Students demonstrate knowledge and application of key concepts related to systems thinking, contextual factors, human development, psychological, social, biological, and spiritual factors effecting human relationships.

SLO 1.3: Students demonstrate awareness of issues of diversity and practice culturally sensitive family therapy.

SLO 1.4: Students demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal standards in marriage and family therapy.

SLO 1.5: Students will evidence the integration of comprehensive knowledge of clinical and family systems concepts and processes in oral and written communication.

SLO 1.6 Students will demonstrate knowledge of a Christian worldview and how this impacts the therapeutic relationship.

PLO 2. Professionalism: Student will demonstrate skills that reflect high standards of professionalism and commitment to ethical and professional behavior consistent with the standards of counseling and psychology and Christian principles.

SLO 2.1: Student will demonstrate personal qualities that are intimately related to counseling situations such as integrity, sensitivity, flexibility, insight, compassion, and personal presence.

SLO 2.2: Students will be familiar with psychotherapy and recovery oriented resources.

SLO 2.3: Students will be able to apply complex clinical and theoretical knowledge and skills in providing professional services.

SLO 2.4: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the recursive nature of spirituality and its impact on the therapeutic process.

PLO 3. Clinical: Student will demonstrate clinical skills and the ability to apply innovative therapeutic techniques to meet the diverse needs of individuals and families.

SLO 3.1: Students will use appropriate clinical and family systems oriented language in oral and written communication.

SLO 3.2: Students will identify and incorporate into treatment psychological, biological, social, and spiritual factors that influence relationships.

SLO 3.3: Students will critically evaluate their theoretical approach to therapy in light of its compatibility or incompatibility with the Christian faith and its application to the practice of marriage and family therapy.

SLO 3.4: Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of human diversity issues and their impact on the therapeutic process.

SLO 3.5: Students will be able to identify and apply Christian principles to the practice of marriage and family therapy.

PLO 4. Research: Student will be able to critically evaluate and conduct clinical research related to all aspects of therapy ensuring the highest quality of therapeutic skill.

SLO 4.1: Demonstrate knowledge of current trends and research methods in the field of marriage and family therapy.

SLO 4.2: Students will review empirical studies of psychology, counseling, and psychotherapy, analyze and synthesize research findings and draw appropriate inferences.

SLO 4.3: Students will conduct relevant research in the area of psychology, counseling, and relationships, especially focusing on how this research impacts marriage and family therapy.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking entry into the MFT program must apply for admission to the Graduate and Online Admissions Department. Applicants must provide official transcripts for all college-level coursework. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 for undergraduate work is required. In addition, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation and a comprehensive career statement (instructions may be obtained from the Admissions Department) to the Graduate Admissions office. Full instructions for the application process are available through the Graduate Admissions office, or on-line at www.hiu.edu. Upon completion of all application materials, the MFT admissions committee obtains and reviews each prospective student’s file prior to initial contact from the department for a faculty interview. Viable candidates proceed to an extensive on-campus personal interview with a faculty or staff member of the MFT Program.

Students who have a low GPA (below 3.0) are required to submit a letter of explanation and viability for entrance into the MFT program. Probationary acceptance may be granted if other factors give evidence of the applicant's ability to successfully complete the program. The probationary status will be removed when the student has successfully completed nine semester units with a 3.0 G.P.A. or higher.

Program Format

The program is uniquely formatted, enabling students to attend full-time or part-time. Courses are offered during the day on Tuesdays or Thursdays, and/or Tuesday and Thursday evenings. There may be courses offered on either a Monday or Wednesday evening as well. Fall and Spring terms are 16 weeks and comprised of two modules consisting of eight weeks each, and the entire program may be completed in 24 months. Summer term is 8-10 weeks depending on the course.

In addition to academic course requirements, students are placed in community based clinical training sites where students gain hands-on clinical training experience with diverse clientele. Students are supervised by licensed mental health professionals who have met rigorous supervision standards.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences

The MFT degree meets the educational requirements of the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) in California, including the requirements of the Business and Professions Code, Section 4980.37, .38, .40, and .41. With approval of the BBS, graduates may sit for their licensing examination upon the completion of 3,000 supervised hours.

Commission of Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapist Education

The Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program at Hope International University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Susan Hastings
Department Emphasis
  • 40% Family Therapy
  • 50% Human Development
  • 10% Family Science
Campus Enrollment
1,650
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

2500 E. Nutwood Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92831
United States

Phone Number
714-879-3901
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Susan Hastings
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Theories in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Professional Development Seminar
  • Advanced Professional Development
  • Supervised Practicum
  • Research Methodology
  • Christian Principles in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Professional Ethics and Law
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Assessments
  • Group Therapy
  • Personality Theories
  • Counseling Theories
  • Interpersonal Communication & Therapeutic Qualities
  • Disaster, Trauma & Abuse Response
  • Family Violence: Detection, Intervention & Treatment
  • Substance Abuse & the Family
  • Multicultural Perspectives in Counseling
  • Lifespan Development
  • Child Abuse Detection, Intervention, and Treatment
  • Treatment of Children
  • Treatment of Older Adults
  • Treatment of Couples
  • Human Sexuality
  • Comprehensive Case Presentation
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program provides academic and clinical training for a career as a professional marriage and family therapist. Marriage and family therapists are mental health professionals trained and licensed to independently diagnose and treat mental health and substance abuse problems. Students are trained to treat relational mental health issues with individuals, couples and families from a relationship perspective that incorporates family systems. Licensed marriage and family therapists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinical/social service agencies, churches, educational institutions and private practice. The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy is 60-unit program. The program is designed to integrate both theory and practice, grounded in Christian principles, to help families restore broken relationships, resolve life challenges, and develop satisfying relationships. Sound research skills, theoretical teaching, practical application, and clinical training are core to the curriculum. Faculty guide students through academic studies, clinical courses, self-assessment measures, and professional development which all provide a rich educational experience. The program is uniquely formatted, enabling students to work full-time or part-time. Courses are offered during the day on Tuesdays and/or Tuesday and Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Each term is comprised of two modules consisting of eight weeks each, and the entire program may be completed in 24 months. Students may also choose a 2 or 3 year program plan according to their particular needs and preferences.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.