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M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

A Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is designed to enhance students’ understanding and use of intervention methods with individuals, couples, and families.

Through the program at Saint Mary's, you'll deepen your understanding and skills in facilitating relational health with a diverse client base. And true to our practitioner-based learning model, all instructors are experienced therapists who engage in clinical practice. You'll benefit as you gain confidence through trained therapy simulations, all of which are supervised by licensed professionals.

Saint Mary's curriculum in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program meets the educational requirements for MFT licensure with the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) are mental health professionals who are trained in psychotherapy and family systems. They are licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders with individuals, couples, and family systems.

Cohorts

Applications for the program are accepted through February 1 of each year. Students admitted to the program will be part of one of two cohorts:

  • The fall cohort, beginning in late August, is flexibly designed for working adults. Courses are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings, and the cohort will take nine semesters, or three years, to complete.
  • The summer cohort, beginning in early May, is intended for students who wish to finish the program at a more accelerated pace. Courses are held throughout the day and evening on Mondays, and the cohort will take 7 semesters, or 2.3 years, to complete.

Accreditation

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The Marriage and Family Therapy programs at Saint Mary's are accredited with the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Graduates of a COAMFTE accredited program increase the portability of their degree and are better positioned to meet licensing requirements in a number of states (most states base their educational requirements on COAMFTE standards). Specialty accreditation requires programs to maintain rigorous training and outcomes. It is a recognized method for ensuring competence of faculty and the curriculum.

AAMFT Student Achievement Criteria for Certificate (PDI) (PDF)
AAMFT Student Achievement Criteria for MA (PDF)

Admission

Applicants may apply for admission at any time during the year. The program admits students to begin classes in either the summer or fall. The number of students admitted each year is limited. Admission decisions are based on the applicant's ability to meet the expectations for academic performance outlined in the Program Handbook. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not insure admission to the program.

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework.

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy in a little more than two years.
  • Cohorts begin in the summer and the fall. 

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Locations

This program is offered at our Twin Cities location.

Degree Requirements

Human Development: 9 cr.

MFT605 Individual and Family Lifespan and Development (3 cr.)

This course explores the biopsychosocial development and transitions across the individual and family lifespan. The course focuses on the relational, systemic, and generational effects of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, and gender development.  Developmental theories are examined through a systemic lens.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the systematic nature of the patterns of growth and development in all human beings.
  2. Examine the developmental tasks which the individual must master at each stage of lifespan development.
  3. Analyze the effects of social, familial, cultural, and historical effects on development and functioning.
  4. Apply principles of development to the understanding of individual behavioral reactions.
  5. Analyze content from scholarly writings and mainstream press as they relate to the course content.
  6. Evaluate risk and protective factors of development from a systemic perspective.
  7. Integrate and apply understanding of attachment and developmental theories through a systemic lens.

MFT608 Psychopathology and Treatment Planning in Developmental Systems (3 cr.)

This course examines the assessment and diagnostic process for working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families utilizing a developmental systems approach and the criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). It explores theoretical and practical contexts which define the concepts of mental health disorders and diagnosis. This course also focuses on principles of case formulation and treatment planning across diverse and developing systems.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Describe and apply an understanding of the Developmental Systems Approach to issues of working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a behavioral health setting.
  2. Describe and apply the primary diagnostic criteria and categories relevant to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families as identified in the DSM.
  3. Identify relevant clinical information to formulate accurate diagnoses of clients based on presenting problems and associated developmental, family, and historical information.
  4. Create applicable, appropriate treatment plans based on DSM diagnoses and case formulation for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
  5. Evaluate cultural and ethical issues related to diagnosis.

MFT635 Systemic Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Concerns (3 cr.)

This course addresses current approaches in the practice of sex therapy. Emphasis is on the assessment of individuals and couples and the development of appropriate interventions to address the sexual concerns presented by the couples and individuals. Issues regarding identification and treatment of male and female disorders as well as treatment of special populations are included.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply understanding of how their own sexuality and the sexuality of clients/couples are a function of multiple social and cultural influences.
  2. Analyze the ways in which sexuality is woven into many aspects of human life.
  3. Apply skills in communicating about sexuality topics.
  4. Assess and evaluate sexual concerns in clients and couples.
  5. Analyze sexual self-awareness and sexual health awareness.
  6. Evaluate sexual health resources.

 

Degree Requirements

Human Development 9 cr.
Marital Studies 14 cr.
Marriage and Family Therapy (including Contemporary Issue courses) 9 cr.
Research 3 cr.
Professional Issues 4 cr.
Practicum 8 cr.
Capstone Course 1 cr.
Theory of Change Paper and Oral Examination 0 cr.
Total 48 cr.

Marital Studies: 14 cr.

MFT615 Multicultural Studies of the Family (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the study of culturally diverse couples and families with special emphasis on understanding the significance of cultural contexts in working with people of different cultures. Issues of racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, and other -isms are explored. Dynamics of power and privilege are explored. Strategies to prevent biases from interfering with therapeutic relationships are developed. Included is an exploration of various types of couples and families.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and describe a variety of forms of family diversity, including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, age, development, sexual identity, physical health or ability, spirituality or religion, trauma exposure, life experience, family structure, communication style, etc.
  2. Define family ethnicity, and articulate its connection to related concepts such as culture, class, gender, and racism.
  3. Apply examples of diversity in families within ethnic groups to the practice of marriage and family therapy, evaluating how such diversity might lead to differential outcomes.
  4. Analyze and evaluate the dynamics and effects of racism, privilege, discrimination, and ignorance in our understanding of multiculturalism and cultural responsiveness.
  5. Create effective approaches for working with diverse families in marriage and family therapy settings.
  6. Describe gender roles and functions relate to various styles of family organization.
  7. Identify values and beliefs systems related to various family forms in order to serve family units that exceed personal experience or conflict with values or belief systems.
  8. Create a plan for developing a culturally affirming professional identity.

 

MFT616 Therapy with Couples and Intimate Partners (3 cr.)

This course introduces historical, contextual, and clinical applications to relationships, including couples and couple systems. Relationships between diverse spouses/partners are explored and analyzed in order to create an understanding of the dynamics that enhance relationships from a therapeutic context. Issues regarding communication, conflict resolution, and emotional and behavioral interactions are included.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze and evaluate couple dynamics from a systemic perspective.
  2. Evaluate strengths and problem areas of relationships between partners/spouses.
  3. Identify and evaluate the effects of the following on couple dynamics and couples therapy: gender identity, life/relationship stage, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, sexuality, psychiatric disorders, physical health and ability, etc., with special emphasis on cultural responsiveness.
  4. Apply understanding of the role of the brain's neural operation system and its importance in relationship dynamics and treating troubled relationships.
  5. Demonstrate therapeutic skills with couples through experiential activities.
  6. Identify and evaluate ethical considerations in couples work.

 

 

MFT617 Foundations of Family Therapy I: Theoretical and Conceptual Origins (3 cr.)

This course examines the structure and function of families and relationships, connecting foundational theoretical and research underpinnings to the major models of family therapy. Family development, roles, and interactions are studied as foundational in the practices of systemic/relational therapy interventions. Efficacy research for individual models and for common factors across models is presented.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and application of foundational theoretical/conceptual frameworks of the family field, their historical roots in psychotherapy, along with key concepts and assumptions.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and application of foundational models of marriage and family therapy.
  3. Analyze and evaluate the relationships between major conceptual frameworks and therapy models.
  4. Apply understanding of diversity and multiculturalism in one's own developing model of marriage and family therapy.
  5. Utilize professional databases and other professional resources in applying, analyzing, and evaluating the literature of the field, including efficacy research.
  6. Create and articulate one's own developing model of marriage and family therapy.
  7. Analyze the significance of research evidence and community standards of practice in selecting and evaluating interventions.
     

MFT618 Introduction to Trauma and Crisis Intervention in MFT (2 cr.)

This course provides an introduction to the topic of trauma in Marriage and Family Therapy by discussing crisis intervention, assessment, and management strategies, and provides certification for Psychological First Aid. The course examines the theoretical and research underpinnings of trauma, presents diagnoses and interventions common to trauma, and discusses trauma within a systemic context.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and application of major theoretical/conceptual frameworks of the trauma field and its historical roots.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of assessment and diagnoses common to trauma, particularly specific to marriage and family therapists and systems perspectives.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of life course concepts related to trauma.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and application of crisis intervention assessment, including safety planning, suicidality, and homicidality.
  5. Integrate understanding of diversity and multiculturalism in one's own understanding of the field of trauma.
  6. Analyze the significance of research evidence and community standards of practice in selecting and evaluating interventions.
  7. Identify and evaluate ethical considerations in trauma work.
  8. Complete certification process of Psychological First Aid.

MFT619 Foundations of Family Therapy II: Contemporary Theories and Models (3 cr.)

This course examines the structure and function of families and relationships, connecting contemporary theoretical and research underpinnings to the major models of family therapy. Family development, roles, and interactions are studied as foundational in the practices of systemic/relational therapy interventions. Efficacy research for individual models and for common factors across models is presented.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and application of contemporary theoretical/conceptual frameworks of the family field, their historical roots in psychotherapy, along with key concepts and assumptions.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and application of contemporary models of marriage and family therapy.
  3. Analyze and evaluate the relationships between major conceptual frameworks and therapy models.
  4. Apply understanding of diversity and multiculturalism in one's own developing model of marriage and family therapy.
  5. Utilize professional databases and other professional resources in applying, analyzing, and evaluating the literature of the field, including efficacy research.
  6. Create and articulate one's own developing model of marriage and family therapy.
  7. Analyze the significance of research evidence and community standards of practice in selecting and evaluating interventions.

Marriage and Family Therapy: 9 cr. (including Contemporary Issues courses)

MFT628 Advanced Applications of Relational Theory and Systemic Interventions (3 cr.)

This course provides an opportunity for students to apply and develop skills in assessing and conducting systemic therapeutic interventions with relational units. The influence of race, culture, and gender in couple and family dynamics and therapy are explored.  Experiential and didactic approaches are used.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate ability to conceptualize using major theories and treatment models in relational therapy.
  2. Evaluate and apply appropriate techniques specific to relational therapy with diverse couples and families.
  3. Evaluate and apply ethical and legal principles and factors that impact the health of the relational unit.
  4. Evaluate therapeutic theories and models so as to apply and integrate them into a personal theory of change.

MFT650 Assessment of Couples and Families (3 cr.)

This course examines the strengths and limitations of different assessment strategies with couples and families, including assessment based on observation, therapist/rater, family report, and interactional methods. It includes an overview of various measures and instruments used, including parent-child, family, and couple inventories.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the connection between ways of observing and assessing couples and families, and the underlying values and theoretical assumptions of the assessment instruments.
  2. Evaluate family assessment tools appropriate for families.
  3. Understand the legal, ethical, and clinical issues in couple and family assessment.
  4. Administer various instruments and feedback to participants based on results.
  5. Analyze the role that gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation play in the assessment of couples and families.
  6. Create interview questions based out of the MFT models to use in assessments.

 

Contemporary Issues in MFT (1 cr. per course, min. 3 courses)

MFT573 Introduction to Play Therapy (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT574 Parenting Interventions (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT575 Spirituality and Family Therapy (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT576 Marriage and Family Therapy with Immigrant Families (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of each course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT577 In-Home Family Therapy (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT578 Art Therapy with Families (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT579 Introduction to Grief and Loss Issues in Family Therapy (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT580 Family Therapy with Families with Disabilities (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT581 Medical Family Therapy (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT582 Use of Self in Marriage and Family Therapy (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT583 Assessing and Treating Substance Abuse/Dependency (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT584 Couple and Family Therapy with Gay and Lesbian Families (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT585 Family Therapy with African American Families (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT586 Working with Returning Military Personnel and Their Families from a Systemic Perspective (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT587 Marriage and Family Therapy in Rural Areas (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT588 Working systemically with the Eating Disorder Population (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT589 Separating and Divorcing Couples (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT590 Working with Later Life Families: Aging from a Family Perspective (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT591 Family Mediation (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT592 Neuroscience in Couple Therapy (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT593 Adoption and Foster Care Issues in Family Therapy (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT594 Impact of Trauma in First Responders and Their Families (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT595 Premarital Counseling (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT596 Hoarding Disorder and Families (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT597 Trauma and Play Therapy (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT598 Mindfulness Based Couples and Family Therapy (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

MFT599 The Business and Practice of MFT (1 cr.)

This course examines current concerns for MFTs regarding professional development of specialization and competency through the examination of contemporary issues in MFT with individuals, couples, and families.  The course covers summarized information on the topic assigned, including applied theories, multicultural implications and responsiveness, multidisciplinary collaboration, and ethical considerations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and implement practical application of the content area.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of multicultural implications by creating effective approaches for working with diverse individuals, couples, and families.
  3. Identify appropriate ethical considerations related to the given topic.
  4. Demonstrate emerging knowledge of the topic.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the need for additional resources, including appropriate collaboration with other disciplines, professionals, and/or systems.
  6. Evaluate personal bias and judgment related to the topic.

Research: 3 cr.

MFT620 Statistical Techniques and Research Methods in MFT (3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of research methods and statistical analyses commonly used in Marriage and Family Therapy research. The course focuses on the interpretation and understanding of research and applied statistical procedures to inform clinical practice.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of introductory descriptive and inferential statistics and the fundamentals of hypothesis testing.
  2. Apply appropriate research and statistical methods to research questions.
  3. Recognize the appropriate application of research findings and evidence-based practices and their limitations.
  4. Evaluate research presented in Marriage and Family Therapy literature.
  5. Apply the fundamentals of research to Marriage and Family Therapy practice.
  6. Design a research study to test a hypothesis.

Professional Issues: 4 cr.

MFT642 Marriage and Family Therapy: Professional Issues and Orientation (1 cr.)

This course provides an orientation to the profession of marriage and family therapy.  The history of the profession is covered as well as the roles and settings of Marriage and Family therapists.  Additionally, the developmental process involved with acquiring an identity as a Marriage and Family therapist is addressed.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and evaluate the function and role of Marriage and Family therapists from a historical perspective.
  2. Describe a process, including the stages, by which Marriage and Family therapists develop professional identity, then apply this understanding to analyze and assess their own current level of development.
  3. Apply knowledge of the field to creating personal business and professional development plans.

 

MFT690 Ethical Issues and Professional Practices in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 cr.)

This course examines professional, legal, and ethical issues in the practice of couples and family therapy.  The AAMFT Code of Ethics, Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Rules and selected Minnesota statutes pertaining to work with children, couples, and families are studied.  Case studies are used to interpret, examine, and integrate ethical, legal (state and federal), and professional issues such as confidentiality, dual relationships, and informed consent into ongoing MFT practice.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Recognize, articulate, and analyze what constitutes an ethical dilemma in clinical practice.
  2. Understand, define, and describe the differences between the AAMFT Code of Ethics (AAMFT), MN Rules (BMFT) and MN Statutes (MN Statutes).
  3. Analyze, compare, and utilize methods of ethical analysis and appropriate ethical decision making models in resolving potential ethical dilemmas.
  4. Articulate and interpret the role of power, privilege, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status in analyzing ethical dilemmas.
  5. Interpret, synthesize and apply knowledge of AAMFT Code, BMFT Rules, and MN Statutes to clinical situations, including proper procedures in emergency situations.
  6. Articulate and discuss the role of professional advocacy in policy for MFTs.
  7. Understand, articulate, and evaluate distinctions between ethical and legal responsibilities (both state and federal) in providing professional services.
  8. Understand, define, and synthesize knowledge of the specific issues that arise from the interface of MFT practice with medical, legal, business, religious, and educational institutions.
  9. Synthesize knowledge of all of the above in order to promote professionalism and best practice(s) as an MFT.

 

Practicum: 8 cr. (minimum)

MFT645 Couple and Family Therapy Community Practicum (2 cr.)

In this course students observe/shadow diverse clinical therapy sessions as they occur in a community clinic (through in-room, live video feed, and/or one-way mirror).  Students have the opportunity to serve as part of a live reflecting team with therapists and supervisors at the clinical setting.  Special attention is given to forming diagnostic impressions, writing case notes, developing and implementing treatment plans, and building professional skills as a therapeutic team member.

 Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Participate as a team member with licensed professionals in applying family therapy theory, models, and interventions to actual therapy situations.
  2. Utilize observation of live therapy sessions to create assessments, diagnoses, and treatment plans.
  3. Integrate knowledge of diverse cultures into treatment planning and implementation.
  4. Demonstrate ability to write clinically relevant case notes.

MFT671 Couple and Family Therapy Clinical Practicum I (required) (2 cr.)

This course is for students to complete the 500 hours of clinical Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) practicum which meets or exceeds requirements of the Minnesota Board of MFT.  Students work under the on-campus supervision of a Minnesota Board of MFT and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor for a minimum of 36 hours per semester, as well as the off-campus supervision of an AAMFT Approved supervisor or equivalent licensed mental health professional with documented clinical experience with families.  All practicum hours must be completed at an approved practicum site.  The on-campus practicum seminar provides an environment for observation of taped clinical work, discussion of case material, and discussion of problems and concerns that arise in the practicum setting.  Personal and professional issues relevant to the practicum experiences are also explored.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy guidelines.
  2. Analyze and evaluate client systems and create appropriate interventions, applying methods of family treatment in clinical practice.
  3. Evaluate special issues which arise in the practice of therapy and the interface with clients and other professionals.

MFT672 Couple and Family Therapy Clinical Practicum II (required) (2 cr.)

This course is for students to complete the 500 hours of clinical Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) practicum which meets or exceeds requirements of the Minnesota Board of MFT.  Students work under the on-campus supervision of a Minnesota Board of MFT and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor for a minimum of 36 hours per semester, as well as the off-campus supervision of an AAMFT Approved supervisor or equivalent licensed mental health professional with documented clinical experience with families.  All practicum hours must be completed at an approved practicum site.  The on-campus practicum seminar provides an environment for observation of taped clinical work, discussion of case material, and discussion of problems and concerns that arise in the practicum setting.  Personal and professional issues relevant to the practicum experiences are also explored.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy guidelines.
  2. Analyze and evaluate client systems and create appropriate interventions, applying methods of family treatment in clinical practice.
  3. Evaluate special issues which arise in the practice of therapy and the interface with clients and other professionals.

 

MFT673 Couple and Family Therapy Clinical Practicum III (required) (2 cr.)

This course is for students to complete the 500 hours of clinical Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) practicum which meets or exceeds requirements of the Minnesota Board of MFT.  Students work under the on-campus supervision of a Minnesota Board of MFT and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor for a minimum of 36 hours per semester, as well as the off-campus supervision of an AAMFT Approved supervisor or equivalent licensed mental health professional with documented clinical experience with families.  All practicum hours must be completed at an approved practicum site.  The on-campus practicum seminar provides an environment for observation of taped clinical work, discussion of case material, and discussion of problems and concerns that arise in the practicum setting.  Personal and professional issues relevant to the practicum experiences are also explored.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy guidelines.
  2. Analyze and evaluate client systems and create appropriate interventions, applying methods of family treatment in clinical practice.
  3. Evaluate special issues which arise in the practice of therapy and the interface with clients and other professionals.

MFT674 Couple and Family Therapy Clinical Practicum IV (as needed) (2 cr.)

This course is for students to complete the 500 hours of clinical Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) practicum which meets or exceeds requirements of the Minnesota Board of MFT.  Students work under the on-campus supervision of a Minnesota Board of MFT and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor for a minimum of 36 hours per semester, as well as the off-campus supervision of an AAMFT Approved supervisor or equivalent licensed mental health professional with documented clinical experience with families.  All practicum hours must be completed at an approved practicum site.  The on-campus practicum seminar provides an environment for observation of taped clinical work, discussion of case material, and discussion of problems and concerns that arise in the practicum setting.  Personal and professional issues relevant to the practicum experiences are also explored.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy guidelines.
  2. Analyze and evaluate client systems and create appropriate interventions, applying methods of family treatment in clinical practice.
  3. Evaluate special issues which arise in the practice of therapy and the interface with clients and other professionals.

MFT675 Couple and Family Therapy Practicum Completion (0 cr.)

This course is a continuation of MFT673 or MFT674 for students who need additional time to complete the 500 hours of client contact.  A maximum of 50 client contact hours can be earned during this course.  Students needing to complete more than 50 client contact hours will be required to register for another semester of Clinical Practicum (either a first semester of MFT674 or a second semester of MFT674).

This course is a run as an independent study with weekly meetings with a practicum faculty member.  Once all hours of client contact are completed the timeline of the course is completed.  If a group of students need this class every effort will be made to schedule a regular time for the group to meet together as a class.  It is estimated that students will spend 5-8 weeks in this completion course.  Permission to register for this class will need to be granted by the Associate and Clinical Director of the MFT program.

Final Requirements

Final requirements of the program include the following:

MFT680 Capstone Course in MFT (1 cr.)

This course is designed to assist students in developing their personal theory of change for the final program integration paper and oral exam. Students spend time crafting their theory of change, articulating examples of this in their clinical work, working on library literature searches to support this work, reviewing APA usage, and crafting a well-written resume for their job search.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate ability to write professionally using APA style guidelines.
  2. Apply skills in accessing several databases to locate scholarly journal articles.
  3. Articulate examples of when they have used their theory of therapeutic change.
  4. Write a professional resume'.
  5. Identify areas of literature to review and evaluate in order to support their clinical work and theory of change.

MFT791 Integration Paper and Oral Examination (0 cr.)

The integration paper and oral examination demonstrate the student's ability to integrate coursework, practicum, and other professional experiences with scholarly literature in order to articulate a personal theory of therapeutic change with individuals, couples, and families. The oral examination is based on the integration paper.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate ability to write professionally using APA style guidelines and integrating scholarly literature.
  2. Articulate personal theory of therapeutic change with inclusion of case examples.
  3. Demonstrate critical and systemic thinking skills, including identification and evaluation of ethical dilemmas and demonstration of cultural responsiveness.
  4. Demonstrate ability to self-assess strengths, growth areas, needs for supervision, and professional development.



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