Saint Mary's University

Department of Family & Consumer Science
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The MFT Master's program is designed around an outcomes-based educational philosophy. All coursework and program experiences are intended to foster student development and contribute to the following student outcomes upon program completion: (1) Demonstrate knowledge of the history and ongoing development of the MFT discipline, within regional, national, and international contexts; (2) Demonstrate familiarity with selected traditional and contemporary MFT models, including knowledge of key individuals associated with models, unique terminology, conceptuaization of problems, role of therapist, and goals for process within each model, and applications within individual, couple, and family therapy; (3) Utilize knowledge of clients' and therapists' contexts (i.e., culture, economic, family circumstances, family status) to positively contribute to therapeutic process and outcomes; Articulate critiques of MFT models based on culture, gender, and socioeconomic status; (4) Articulate critique of MFT models based on knowledge of child development and factors influencing child development; recognize differential impact of individual and family life cycle within family system; (5) Ability to evaluate appropriateness and apply selected model(s) within individual, couple, and family modalities to facilitate therapeutic process through intake, systemic assessment, treatment planning, management of therapeutic process, evaluation of treatment outcomes, and termination; (6) Demonstrate awareness of and ability to facilitate the development of a positive therapeutic alliance to enhance clinical outcomes with all family members in all modalities of therapy; (7) Demonstrate awareness of one's own professional strengths and limitations and ability to seek and utilize supervision, peer consultation, and involvement of other professionals to enhance treatment outcomes; (8) Demonstrate ability to evaluate own professional conduct in relation to MFT ethical guidelines (AAMFT code and Texas law), recognize ethical dilemmas that may arise in practice settings, and respond appropriately; (9) Demonstrate ability to utilize empirical research and published literature from MFT and related fields to enhance therapeutic services; and (10) Demonstrate one's professional identity as a Marriage and Family Therapist through membership in local, state, and national professional MFT organizations, as well as pursuit of LMFT licensure process in Texas.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Dana L. Comstock (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Marriage & Family Therapy
  • 40% Community Counseling
  • 10% Mental Health Counseling
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Becky R. Davenport
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Report Writing
  • Practicum in Group Process
  • Organization and Administration of Counseling Services
  • Group Process
  • Individual Assessment I
  • Seminar in Counseling
  • Introduction to Neuropsychological Theory
  • Career Planning
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Counseling Practicum
  • Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Special Issues in Substance Abuse
  • Substance Abuse
  • Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Methods of Research
  • Special Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Consultation
  • Professional and Ethical Issues
  • Social/Cultural Issues in Counseling
  • Mental Health and Psychopathology
  • Special Practicum in Counseling/Therapy
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Internship in Counseling I, II, & III
  • Advanced Internship in Human Services
  • Community Counseling
  • Marital Therapy
  • Strategies of Family Therapy
  • Clinical Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Marriage and Family Life Development
  • Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Advanced Child Development
  • Divorce, Mediation, and Remarriage
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Internship I, II, & III
  • Process and Outcome Research
  • Thesis Direction
  • College and University Teaching
  • Supervision Practicum in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Doctoral Seminar in Counseling
  • Research Practicum
  • Process of Supervision in Counselor Education
  • Supervision in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Advanced Assessment
  • Philosophical Foundations of Counseling
  • Advanced Theories of Counseling
  • Advanced Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Doctoral Internship I, II, & III
  • Gender and Ethnicity Through the Life Cycle
  • Statistical Assessment
  • Advanced Research I & II
  • Doctoral Dissertation
  • Relational-Cultural Theory and Social Justice
  • Field Placement in Social Justice
  • Methods & Techniques in Play Therapy
  • Expressive Modalities in Play Therapy
  • Family Play Therapy
  • Special Topics in Play Therapy
  • Theory & Practice of Neurofeedback Therapy
  • Neurofeedback Practicum
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Community Counseling
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
Masters Comments

Graduates of the MFT program meet all academic requirements for licensing by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT). In addition, students may take two electives, which qualify their program of study to meet the licensure requirements for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (LPC). This is a 48 hour program of study which includes an intensive 12 month internship which includes 500 client contact hours. Elective coursework is also available to prepare students for certifications in play therapy and neurofeedback therapy.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Counselor Education & Supervision
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Doctoral Comments

The doctoral program in marriage and family therapy develops advanced clinical practitioners who can provide services in multidisciplinary settings and knowledgeable professionals who can educate other therapists. The program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, is a 68-semester hour program structured for full time study of approximately three years, with the final year involving a 12-month internship and the student's own dissertation research. Students may pursue concentrations in the following areas within the program: Play Therapy, Neurofeedback Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Relational Cultural Therapy/Social Justice.

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.