University of Houston–Clear Lake

Family Therapy Program
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The MA in Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). It is a full-time 2-year program consisting of 57 semester hours. We are one of the few MFT programs in the country who's graduates also have the courses needed to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas (in addition to the MFT license).

We were the first accredited family therapy MA program in the state of Texas, and remain the only AAMFT-accredited program in Houston, the country's 4th largest city. We are nationally known for offering excellence in clinical training and conducting original research and publishing with our students.

In short, this is a special place.

We are a national program, with students applying from across the country as well as other countries.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Leslye King Mize (director)
Department Emphasis
  • 80% Family Therapy
  • 20% Psychology
Campus Enrollment
9,000
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

2600 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058
United States

Phone Number
281-283-3393
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Brent Bradley
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Family Therapy
  • Basic Psychotherapy Skills
  • Family Life Cycle
  • Family Assessment
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Family Therapy Ethics
  • Family Therapy Practicum
  • Family Research
  • Advanced Family Therapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Couple & Sex Therapy
  • Clinical Internship
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Life/work Planning
  • Substance Abuse: Causes & Treatments
  • Cross Cultural Perspectives on Family
  • Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
  • Working with Powerful Emotions
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family Therapy
  • Women's Studies Certificate
Masters Comments

Scholarship opportunities are available for current students in the program. Scholarships are based on both for need and merit standings.

Our MA MFT includes the classes needed to apply for licensure as an MFT & Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well in the state of Texas.

We offer a speciality in "Working with Emotion". This involves two additional courses: Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and Working with Powerful Emotions.

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.