Marital and Family Therapy
Michele Linden (Human Development), Program Coordinator
Art Bohart (Human Development), Program Coordinator
Fumiko Hosokawa (Sociology), Sydell Weiner (Theatre Arts),
Program Office: WH A-310
Student Services Center - Advising
WH A-300 (310) 243-2120 or (800) 344-5484
The Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy Program is focused on providing an eclectic approach to marriage, family, and child counseling within which students may specialize according to their interests and abilities. It also will prepare students to take the examination for the Marital and Family Therapy (M.F.T.) license offered by the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California.
This two-year degree program will complement extensive academic classroom experiences in the study of theories and techniques of marriage, family, and child counseling with practical, supervised traineeship aimed at satisfying 500 or more of the 3,000 hours required prior to eligibility for the licensing examination.
The Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy at CSU Dominguez Hills is one of only a few publicly supported programs in Southern California offering a complete evening course of study to accommodate those who work during the day.
The College of Health and Human Services Student
Services Center provides advising at WH A-300 (310) 243-2120 or (800) 344-5484
for students currently enrolled as well as for those inquiring about the
program. All faculty members however, are also available. The coordinator
maintains up-to-date information on licensure requirements established by the
Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State
To qualify for admission to the Marital and Family Therapy Program certain prerequisite courses are required. They include: (1) Statistics; (2) Research Methods; (3) Abnormal Psychology; (4) Developmental Psychology; and (5) Sociology of the Family.
This program’s main function is to prepare students to become licensed Marital & Family Therapists. Marital & Family Therapists can work in private practice getting clients through referrals, direct advertising, and through contract work with Employee Assistant Programs and health insurance companies. Marital & Family Therapists have been hired by hospitals with a mental health division and they can work at counseling centers at schools are also looking for Marital & Family Therapists as well as drug and alcohol treatment centers, shelters for domestic violence, youth centers, and religiously based counseling centers.
1. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination General Aptitude Test;
2. Completion of a B.A. degree from an accredited college or university;
3. A grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better in the most recent 60 semester units of upper division course work undertaken as a student.
Those meeting the minimum requirements will be asked
to submit written statements about themselves, their backgrounds, interests,
and experiences. These statements will be reviewed by
an admissions committee, which will then interview qualified candidates.
In addition to the above, if students are admitted
into the M.F.T. Program, they will be required to take the Graduation Writing
Examination (GWE) and score at least eight, or take one of the undergraduate
certifying courses at CSU Dominguez Hills and make at least a grade of “B.”
Normally, M.F.T. students will take the exam prior to the end of their first
semester (fall semester) in the program. In any case, students must either pass
the exam or
the course by the end of their first year in the program or be subject to disqualification.
Only students who have met all requirements as noted under “Preparation” for the M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy Program will be considered for admission with Classified Standing.
Students who lack any or all of the admission requirements may be considered for admission into the program with Conditionally Classified Standing. This would allow them to enroll in the University to correct their deficiencies, and also permit them to take up to nine semester units of graduate course work which could apply toward their degree if and when Classified Standing has been established. Please note that admission to Conditionally Classified Standing does not assure that a student will achieve Classified Standing in the program.
Candidacy status denotes successful completion of a
significant portion of a student’s graduate program (36 semester units) and
allows the student to take the written qualifying examination. It includes a
positive review of all graduate work by the coordinator. See the “Graduate
Degrees and Postbaccalaureate Studies” section
for complete requirements for Advancement to Candidacy.
The Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy requires completion of 57 units of course work with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. A model unit-load sequence looks like this:
A. Required Courses (42 units)
MFT 565. Assessment in MFT (3)
MFT 570. Theories and Techniques of MFT, I (3)
MFT 572. Theories and Techniques of MFT, II (3)
MFT 574. Human Sexual Behavior (3)
MFT 575. Relationship
Therapy: Treatment of
Couples and Families (3)
MFT 576. Studies in Human Communication (3)
MFT 578. Child
and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Research,
Diagnosis and Treatment (3)
MFT 580. Cross-Cultural Family Values & Behavior (3)
MFT 584. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Counseling (3)
MFT 585. Treatment of Substance Abuse in Families (3)
MFT 588. Treatment of Trauma in Families (3)
MFT 596. Introduction to MFT (2)
PSY 550. Seminar in Developmental Psychology (3)
PSY 563. Seminar in Psychopathology (3)
B. Electives (3 units) select one course from the following:
GRN 565. Seminar in Long-Term Care for the Elderly; Mental Health for the Elderly (3)
MFT 586. Current Issues in MFT (3)
MFT 597. Directed Reading (3)
NCR 531. Seminar: Marital and Family Mediation (3)
PSY 520. Psychopharmacology (3)
PSY 567. Individual Assessment (3)
C. Practica (12 units)
MFT 591. MFT Practicum II / Fieldwork (4)
MFT 592 MFT Practicum III / Fieldwork (4)
MFT 593. MFT Practicum IV / Fieldwork (4)
D. Written qualifying
exams are taken after advancement to
E. A final oral exam is
required after completion of written
F. Master’s Requirement
In addition to the major requirements, students must meet all university requirements for the master’s degree. Students should consult the section of the catalog entitled “Requirements for the Master’s Degree.”
The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.
Graduate standing and consent of the graduate program coordinator is a prerequisite to enrollment in graduate (500 level) courses.
MFT 565 Assessment in Marital Family Therapy (3).
Prerequisites: MFT 570, MFT 584, PSY 550.
Study of assessment tests specific to the practice of MFT. Supervised practice in determining which tests are appropriate for MFT and practice in administration, scoring, interpreting, and the reporting of results. Three hours of lecture, demonstration, and practice per week.
MFT 570 Theories and Techniques of Marital Family Therapy I (3).
Theory, research, and practicum in the general areas of preparation for marriage, sex education, and the role of the child in the family. Knowledge of the theories and skills in counseling evaluated. Three hours of seminar per week.
MFT 572 Theories and Techniques of Marital Family Therapy II (3).
Prerequisite: MFT 570. Corequisite: MFT 591.
Psychotherapeutic techniques in marriage and family counseling applied to treatment of adults and children. Practice in family therapy, crisis counseling, and the various approaches to marital conflict resolution, including premarital and divorce counseling. Counseling skills evaluated. Three hours of seminar per week.
MFT 574 Human Sexual Behavior (3).
Advanced study of the psychological, physiological, and sociological aspects of human sexual behavior, with attention to the origin and treatment of sexual dysfunction in its environmental context. Examinations and/or papers used in evaluation.
MFT 575 Relationship
Treatment of Couples and Families (3).
Prerequisites: MFT 570, MFT 572, and MFT 584.
Studies of marriages and families in contemporary American society with discussions of how sociological, psychological, medical, and political perspectives are incorporated into assessment and treatment. Three hours of seminar per week.
MFT 576 Studies in Human Communication (3).
The processes of communication as these apply to both interpersonal and intrapersonal experience. Emphasis on the purposes of communication as well as the forms that are believed to enhance the conduct of counseling and psychotherapy. Exams and/or papers.
MFT 578 Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Research, Diagnosis and Treatment (3).
Focus on psychotherapeutic treatment of children and adolescents. Instruction in use of the DSM IV for diagnosis. Includes review of research methodology and findings in the field of child and adolescent psychotherapy. Therapeutic skills assessed. Three hours of seminar per week.
MFT 580 Cross-Cultural Family Values and Behavior (3).
Cultural factors affecting human behavior in complex societies. Emphasis upon the cultural behavior of the major ethnic groups in the United States as it relates to family organization and critical life choices.
MFT 584 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Counseling (3).
Legal and ethical aspects of marriage contracts, adoption, dissolution and separation, confidentiality and privileged communication, research, professional and client interaction, malpractice, court testimony by the professional and the release of information, and professional standards in advertising.
MFT 585 Studies in Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Use, Addiction and Dependence (3).
Prerequisites: MFT 570, MFT 572, and MFT 584.
Studies of the theories of Substance Abuse as they effect and relate to the family system. Advanced interviewing techniques, assessment procedures, recovery and relapse prevention, and implementation of treatment modalities will be explored. Three hours of seminar each week.
MFT 586 Current Issues in Marital and Family Therapy (3).
A capstone seminar reviewing recent trends in the marriage, family, and child counseling field. Theoretical developments, newly emerging techniques, and current academic applied knowledge and issues. Review of requirements for MFT licensure. Three hours of seminar per week. Signature of graduate program coordinator required.
MFT 588 Treatment of
in Families (3).
Prerequisites: MFT 570 and MFT 584.
Studies in the treatment of trauma as it impacts the family. Beginning and advanced techniques in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of child and elder abuse, domestic violence, rape, disaster, crime and other trauma will be explored. Three hours of seminar each week.
MFT 591 Practicum in MFT II (4).
Prerequisites: MFT 570 and MFT 584.
Second of four practica required for program and first practicum concurrent with first field placement and training experience. One and three-quarters hour classroom per work required. Discussions of placement, techniques for providing therapy, increasing skill as an MFT will be included. Minimum of 10 hours in field placement required. Additional hours as placement agency requires. Includes on-site supervision.
MFT 592 Practicum in MFT III (4).
Prerequisites: MFT 570, MFT 584, and MFT 591.
Third practicum required for program, concurrent with field placement and training experience. One and three-quarters hour classroom per week required. Discussions of placement, advanced techniques, diagnosis, treatment and planning, further collateral training as an MFT will be included. Minimum of 10 hours per week of fieldwork required. Additional hours as placement agency requires. Includes on-site supervision.
MFT 593 Practicum in MFT IV (4).
Prerequisites: MFT 570, MFT 584, MFT 591, and MFT 592.
Fourth practicum required for program, concurrent with field placement and training experience. One and three-quarters hour classroom per week required. Discussions of placement, advanced techniques, diagnosis, treatment and planning, further collateral training as an MFT will be included. Minimum of 10 hours per week of fieldwork required. Additional hours as placement agency requires. Includes on-site supervision.
MFT 596 Introduction to Marital and Family Therapy (2).
Students directed to appropriate agencies and centers to work as intern trainees within their chosen area of specialization. Weekly meetings scheduled with a faculty internship supervisor to assess student progress. Course must be repeated four semesters by MFT students. CR/NC grading.
MFT 597 Directed Reading for MFT Comp Preparation (3).
In consultation with the faculty member, completion of readings to prepare for the comprehensive exam. The course is limited to students who have completed one year of courses. CR/NC grading. Course is repeatable for a total of 65 units.
MFT 600 Graduate
Graduate students who have completed their course work but not their thesis, project, or comprehensive examination, or who have other requirements remaining for the completion of their degree, may maintain continuous attendance by enrolling in this course. Signature of graduate program coordinator required.