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The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program provides a solid foundation for practice as a marriage and family therapist. This program meets the educational requirements for licensure in California and is one of the only seven programs in the sstate that is accredited by the Commission on Accredidation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE). The program includes a substantial practicum component in which the students spend on full year working under the supervision of licensed mental health professionals in a state-of-the-art onsite therapy training clinic. Students in this program complete a minimum of 60 credits.

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT) doctoral and masters programs at Alliant International University provide students with the essential training needed to pursue a career as a professional marriage and family therapist and prepare them to be licensed as a marital and family therapist. Students who complete the CFT masters at Alliant International University can apply all of their master's degree coursework and practicum hours toward the doctoral program. The CFT graduate programs at Alliant International University have a dedicated, caring, highly skilled, and diverse faculty. The program provides intensive theoretical and practical skill based training. The CFT program at Alliant International University attracts students from around the world and is dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The purpose of the marriage and family therapy (MFT) program is to prepare students to practice as highly competent entry-level MFTs, capable of applying systemic-social constructionist ideas and practices in therapy and related change processes, such as between families and larger systems, in a multicultural society. The MFT program is founded on the beliefs that: a) individuals, couples, and families function within a variety of intersecting social contexts, and b) they struggle with increasingly complex developmental issues, unanticipated stressful events, and sociocultural, economic, and political factors that constrain achievement of successful social participation. Community providers need specialized training and multi-systemic therapeutic approaches to expand their resources for addressing relational problems that emerge from these factors.

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Our unique program, initiated in 1999, provides an interdisciplinary approach to learning contemporary marriage and family therapy. Students learn systemic marriage and family therapy models, art therapy practices, and interpersonal neurobiology approaches. Our art therapy classes are small and allow for individualized teaching, yet art therapy students belong to a larger cohort of MFT students as well, which provides opportunities for extensive networking and the professional support systems critical to success in the field. Students also benefit from exposure to many instructors allowing them to glimpse diverse practice styles and areas of specialization.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Department of Graduate Psychology at Azusa Pacific University offers two degrees, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy, and an APA accredited Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology. The M.A. prepares students for California state licensure as an MFT; the Psy.D. prepares students for California state licensure as a psychologist. Our curriculum is oriented to develop core competencies in psychology in our students. We emphasize relationship, research and evaluation, assessment, intervention, consultation, and supervision competencies. In addition, we expect students to develop competencies to provide services across diverse populations. Our program has an interdisciplinary sequence of courses, relating psychology to ethics and theology. The Department of Graduate Psychology offers its master's degree program on APU's Azusa campus as well as at the Orange County, San Diego, and Ventura Regional Centers.

http://www.apu.edu/bas/graduatepsychology/programs/

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT) doctoral and masters programs at Alliant International University provide students with the essential training needed to pursue a career as a professional marriage and family therapist and prepare them to be licensed as a marital and family therapist. Students who complete the CFT masters at Alliant International University can apply all of their master's degree coursework and practicum hours toward the doctoral program. The CFT graduate programs at Alliant International University have a dedicated, caring, highly skilled, and diverse faculty. The program provides intensive theoretical and practical skill based training. The CFT program at Alliant International University attracts students from around the world and is dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
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The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT) doctoral and masters programs at Alliant International University provide students with the essential training needed to pursue a career as a professional marriage and family therapist and prepare them to be licensed as a marital and family therapist. Students who complete the CFT masters at Alliant International University can apply all of their master's degree coursework and practicum hours toward the doctoral program. The CFT graduate programs at Alliant International University have a dedicated, caring, highly skilled, and diverse faculty. The program provides intensive theoretical and practical skill based training. The CFT program at Alliant International University attracts students from around the world and is dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations. 

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT) doctoral and masters programs at Alliant International University provide students with the essential training needed to pursue a career as a professional marriage and family therapist and prepare them to be licensed as a marital and family therapist. Students who complete the CFT masters at Alliant International University can apply all of their master's degree coursework and practicum hours toward the doctoral program. The CFT graduate programs at Alliant International University have a dedicated, caring, highly skilled, and diverse faculty. The program provides intensive theoretical and practical skill based training. The CFT program at Alliant International University attracts students from around the world and is dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
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The Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology Program equips its students to serve with excellence as Christian mental health professionals by providing the highest quality of rigorous academic training, guided professional development, and integrative faith-based learning in a collaborative and supportive environment. 

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy (M.A. in MFT) is a non-thesis degree program requiring 60 units of coursework, successful completion of a comprehensive exam, and participation in an international experience. As part of the program, students complete a 12-month clinical practicum where they accumulate 500 direct client contact hours, of which at least 200 hours are with couples and families. Students also receive over 200 hours of supervision from both faculty and site supervisors. The MFT program at USD meets the guidelines for family therapy training set forth by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, which regulates licensure of marriage and family therapists in California. Additional requirements beyond the Masters degree must be completed to obtain the license, primarily post-degree supervised clinical experience. The USD MFT Program has also been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. 

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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This 60-unit Master of Science program is designed for students who are seeking to become master's level psychotherapists. The program does not prepare students for pursuing a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. The MS program is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical training to prepare them to work in a variety of clinical, counseling, and mental health settings. The training in San Jose State University's MS in Clinical program emphasizes a scientific understanding and case formulation of psychopathology, known as an evidence based practice approach to psychotherapy. The program centers on a required core of academic coursework that meets the education requirements for the California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license and the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Both licenses requires 3,000 hours of approved supervised clinical experience by the California State licensing board (the BBS). Note that the requirements of these two licenses are different for both coursework and number of pre- and post-degree clinical hours. Our program meets the BBS requirements for licensure in both paths, though (as stated above), the program is deficient in one course (Career Counseling) that must be taken before licensure can occur.

The MS in Clinical Psychology prepares students for positions in mental health clinics, hospitals, and residential treatment centers, and emphasizes the importance of community mental health and serving diverse and under-represented populations. This program is ideal for students whose ultimate goal is to work as Marriage Family Therapists in hospital, community mental health, and independent practice settings. The MS in Clinical Psychology degree also prepares students for careers as consultants to schools and other agencies on matters relating to family dynamics and individual functioning.

The MS Clinical Psychology program at SJSU has a focus on the use and evaluation of assessment data throughout psychological interventions. We also emphasize the importance of using sound psychological theory in combination with the empirical literature on supported clinical interventions. This focus adheres to the applied or practitioner component of a scientist-practitioner or clinical scientist model of training.

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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).

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Western Seminary offers the Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy. The program is 73 semester units. Courses in marital and family therapy comprise 60 units. While Bible,Theology and Spiritual Formation comprise the remaining 13 units. The program meets all of the necessary requirements for licensure in the State of California. The program is thoroughly grounded in a biblical worldview. Based on the Seminary's Christ-centered approach, theological reflection and spirituality are viewed as significant components in the therapeutic process. In particular, the Seminary underscores the necessity for a healthy sense of self and wholeness in Christ as vital for those desiring to counsel others in the ministry of family therapy. Students are also required to complete 20 hours of their own therapy while in the program. The program combines theoretical constructs with practical application both within the personal lives of students as well as in their future professional work.

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The mission of the Department of Marriage and Family at Fuller Theological Seminary is to prepare men and women for service in the fields of marital and family therapy, family life education, and marriage and family studies. We seek to accomplish this mission by offering an educational environment that fosters integrity and Christian vision. We prepare Christian men and women with clinical skills and academic training required for licensure or professional certification as marital and family therapists, and for certification as family life educators. The curriculum for the Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy (MSMFT) is designed to meet the academic requirements of Sections Section 4980.36 or 4980.37 of the State of California Business and Professions Code, and the curriculum for the MSMFT program offered at Fuller Arizona was designed to meet the requirements of Title 4, Chapter 6, Section R4-6-601 of the Arizona Administrative Code. The Master of Arts degree program in Family Studies (MAFS) is approved by the National Council on Family Relations as meeting the educational requirements toward Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The master's and credential programs in Counseling Psychology prepare competent professional counselors and therapists by broadening their bases of knowledge and by helping them develop the specific skills necessary for successful careers in the helping professions. The programs' emphases include cognitive-behavioral, family systems, lifespan development, and multicultural counseling perspectives. Individuals learn theories and effective practices for working with children, adults and their families in a variety of community mental health, school, work, and health settings.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Loma Linda University, a health sciences institution, is located approximately 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and just south of San Bernardino, California. Within the graduate school is the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences, and the Loma Linda University Marital and Family Therapy Program. Started in 1971, the LLU Marital and Family Therapy Program became accredited in 1975 by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, making it one of the first accredited programs in the United States. Superb faculty and excellent clinical facilities combine to provide top quality training for students of the program. In addition to outstanding education, Loma Linda's inland location also provides easy access to mountains, beaches, and desert climates for numerous recreational opportunities. Recognizing our influence through teaching, research, supervised practice and service, the mission of the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences is to address relational needs and concerns of individuals and families over the life course as faced in the contexts of communities and in the larger global society; encourage spirited wholeness by attending to the physical, mental, and social dimensions of human experience; create understanding about humans as relating beings; advance appreciation for human diversity as modeled; advocate for the rights of all humans, for the protection of human dignity, and the value of respect in all human interactions; collaborate with community in terms of training, service, and scholarship in our field; and influence our immediate environment as well as the whole world. The Loma Linda University Masters Program in Marital and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMTE). On May 22, 2012, the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) has determined that Loma Linda University's Masters' degree in Marital and Family Therapy meets the Senate Bill statutory requirements for Marriage and Family Therapy under Business and Professions Code section (BPC) 4980.36. It is a 90 quarter unit program.

 

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Western Seminary San Jose's Marital and Family Therapy program prepares individuals who are seeking state licensure as MFTs. The Marital and Family Therapy program endeavors to equip marriage and family therapists for ministry in and out of the Church. Our program promotes growth in Christian maturity that is demonstrated through effective interpersonal relationships, while providing students with the expertise to integrate Biblical and theological foundations with the insights of psychology and practical counseling strategies. The curriculum is one of rigorous academic study in order to prepare students for a ministry to the hurting in the community using psychological insights and theological truths. All assignments have practical application in order to prepare the student to serve as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the real world. Students can combine our MFT program with our Addiction Studies Certificate in order to gain more advanced training in the area of addiction and recovery.

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT) masters programs at Alliant International University provide students with the essential training needed to pursue a career as a professional marriage and family therapist. The Master of Arts in MFT allows students to be licensed as a marital and family therapist. The CFT graduate programs at Alliant International University have a dedicated, caring, highly skilled faculty. The program provides intensive theoretical and practical skill based training. The CFT program at Alliant International University attracts students from around the world and is dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations.

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
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The MFT master's degree program in the Rossier School of Education at USC trains highly competent MFTs who are proficient in working with diverse client populations in a pluralistic society. Students serve clients in urban communities, providing individual, couples, and family therapy, for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly population from a wide variety of backgrounds, with various therapeutic issues. The program provides personalized attention to students, including small class sizes, active advisement/mentorship, and a cohort model; immersing students in a small, tight-knit learning community. Students come from a variety of training backgrounds, not just psychology, and are graduates of nationally and internationally recognized institutions. Graduates meet eligibility requirements for licensure in California and most other states. Our students are aggressively recruited for internship/employment positions post-graduation, and often return to USC to participate in alumni and recruitment events, wanting to continue their alliance with USC and the MFT program.

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The MFT program at ULV has been training graduate students since 1973 to meet the needs of families and individuals in a changing world. The theoretical foundation for the MFT program is a systemic recovery model designed to address the needs of a diverse population. Students are exposed to a range of theoretical orientations and best practices methodologies.  Didactic and experiential program components are combined to provide a broad theoretical foundation and substantial counseling experience for the future practitioner. The MFT program meets all current Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) academic requirements for Marriage Family Therapist licensure in California, as well as the academic requirements for California community college counseling and instructor positions.

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Culturally competent, psychologically-minded, and emotionally grounded Licensed Psychotherapists (Marriage & Family Therapists), Credentialed School Counselors, Certified Rehabilitation Counselors, Career Counselors, College Counselors, and Gerontological Counselors are needed in the field of human services. The department's six graduate programs and our partnerships with community agencies collaboratively prepare students who are well-grounded to help meet the growing demands in the field. Our department's faculty and the curriculum we have designed aspire to achieve excellence in three core areas: Multicultural Competence, Community Partnerships, and Action Research. Our faculty are locally, nationally, and internationally recognized in their scholarly contributions to multicultural competence in counseling, social justice, and health equity. Our faculty work to provide a solid learning environment for diverse student body. By the end of graduate studies, our more than 275 students should embody multicultural competence, have grown deep connections to the local community, and embrace best practices in counseling.

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Marriage and Family Therapy Program is the program upon which Phillips Graduate Institute was founded. For almost forty years, our MFT graduates have been making a difference in the lives of others as they grow professionally and personally.  Systems theories are the core of the academic program, as students are exposed to foundational concepts and the most cutting-edge developments in clinical methodology.Learning occurs on three levels: traditional academic instruction, skills training, and personal and professional growth. Lectures and reading assignments are always complemented by hands-on practice. Students are challenged to explore their interpersonal processes in order to develop the personal qualities of excellent psychotherapists. Our program respects and encourages students of diverse backgrounds to learn with and from each other, to be prepared to work in complex, multicultural environments. The cohort model, in which a consistent group of students goes through the program together, provides a context in which students learn about systems by reflecting on their cohort process, as well as by academic study.

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Pacific Oaks is known for its progressive approach to learning, which provides an egalitarian academic environment where each student and each instructor is both teacher and learner and real-world experiences are valued as well as academic achievements. The marital and family therapy program is unique among other MFT programs in that it prepares graduates to consider issues of social justice within family systems and to explore how those factors directly impact family dynamics and the mental health of each family member, and students may select our specializations in African American or Latina/Latino studies to gain marketable expertise and cultural competence in these critical and underserved areas. 

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The Counseling Psychology program is designed to prepare the student for this undertaking from a perspective which takes into account the human being as a whole person with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions, and which focuses on the family as an interactive system. The focus of this program is on developing an integration of academic knowledge and clinical skills so that, at the time of graduation, students are well prepared as beginning marital and family therapists.

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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