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Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy (60 units)
The Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy requires completion of 60 units of course work with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Behavioral Sciences mandate sequence looks like this:
A. Required Courses (44 units)
MFT 500. Introduction to MFT (3)
MFT 560. Family Development Across the Life Span (3)
MFT 565 Assessment in MFT (3)
MFT 566 Psychopathological Issues in MFT (3)
MFT 570. Theories and Techniques of MFT, I (3)
MFT 572. Theories and Techniques of MFT, II (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 582. Psychopharmacological Issues in MFT (2)
MFT 584. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Counseling (3)
MFT 585. Treatment of Substance Abuse in Families (3)
MFT 586. Current Issues in MFT (3)
MFT 588. Treatment of Trauma in Families (3)
B. Practica (16 units)
MFT 510. Practicum in MFT I: Introductory Therapy Skills (2)
MFT 511. MFT Fieldwork I (2)
MFT 520. Practicum in MFT II: Introduction to Group Therapy (2)
MFT 521. MFT Fieldwork II (2)
MFT 530. Practicum in MFT III: Community Mental Health: Mental Health Disorders and Co-Occurring Disorders (2)
MFT 531. Fieldwork III (2)
MFT 540. Practicum in MFT IV: Advanced Therapy Skills: From Intake to Termination (2)
MFT 541. MFT Fieldwork IV (2)
C. Comprehensive exams are taken in the sixth semester after the completion of all prerequisites, program courses and three practica. (See class sequence page 14.)
D. The students may take the Oral Comprehensive exam after successful completion of the written comprehensive exam (80% or better) .
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 Master's Degree"
Course Description, Co-requisites and Prerequisites
MFT 500 Introduction to Marital and Family Therapy (3)
Co requisite: MFT 570 recommended.
Survey course that introduces the student to the field of Marital Family Therapy ad to prepare students for eventual placement in fieldwork sites. Discussions of the paperwork required for the licensing board, The California State Board of Behavioral Sciences. Educational requirements will include guest speakers who will address and demonstrate various styles of therapy, films that depict various forms of and issues within MFT, and requirements for and during placement and acquiring skill in Clinical Diagnosis, preparing Genograms, and delivering the Mental Status Exam. 3 hours of classroom experience per week will be required. CR/NC grading.
MFT 510 Practicum in MFT I (2).
Prerequisites: MFT 500, MFT 570, MFT 572, MFT 578, MFT 584.
First of four practica providing instruction and seminar in introductory therapy skills.
MFT 511 Practicum Fieldwork in MFT I: Introductory Therapy Skills (2).
Prerequisites: MFT 500, MFT 570, MFT 572, MFT 584
First field placement and training experience concurrent with classroom enrollment required. Minimum of 8 hours per week required; additional hours as placement agency requires. Includes on-site supervision. CR/NC grading.
MFT 520 Practicum in MFT I I: Introduction to Group Therapy (2).
Prerequisites: MFT 500, MFT 510, MFT 511, MFT 570, MFT 584
Second of four practica providing instruction, seminar, and activity in-group process and group psychotherapy.
MFT 521 Practicum in Fieldwork in MFT I I (2).
Prerequisites: MFT 500, MFT 510, MFT 511, MFT 570, MFT 572, MFT 584
Second field placement and training experience concurrent with classroom enrollment required . Minimum of 8 hours per week required; addition hours as placement agency requires. Includes on-site supervision. CR/NC grading.
MFT 530 Practicum in MFT I I I: Community Mental Health: Mental Health Disorders and Co-Occur ring Disorders (2).
Prerequisites: MFT 500, MF 520, MFT 521, MFT 570, MFT 572, MFT 584
Third of four consecutive practica providing exploration and instruction, seminar; and activity in community mental health and case management skill building.
MFT 531 Practicum Fieldwork in MFT I I I (2).
Prerequisites: MFT 500, MFT 520, MFT 521, MFT 570, MFT 572, MFT 584
Third field placement and training experience concurrent with classroom enrollment required. Minimum of 8 hours per week required; additional hours as placement agency requires. Includes on-site supervision. CR/NC grading.
MFT 540 Practicum in MFT IV: Advanced Therapy Skills: From Intake To Termination.(2)
Prerequisites: MFT 500, MFT 520, MTF 521, MFT 530, MFT 531, MFT 570, MFT 572, MFT 584. Fourth of four consecutive practica providing exploration and instruction, seminar; and activity in advanced therapy skill building.
MFT 541 Practicum Fieldwork in MFT IV. (2)
Prerequisites: MFT 570, 572, 575, 578, 584, 510, 511, 520, 521, 530, and 531.
Fourth filed placement and training experience concurrent with classroom enrollment required. Minimum of 8 hours per week required; additional hours as placement agency requires. Includes onsite supervision. CR/NC grading.
MFT 560 Family Development Across the Life Span (3)
Studies of family development and life span development for individuals, families, and couples and how Social Economic Status, Culture, Societal Influences and Educational Level affect development. 3 hours per week.
MFT 565 Assessment in Marital Family Therapy (3).
Prerequisites: MFT 520, MFT 521, MFT 560, MFT 570, MFT 578, MFT 584,
Corequisite: MFT 566
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 reporting of results. Three hours of lecture, demonstration, and practice per week.
MFT 566 Psychopathology in Couples and Families (3)
Prerequisites: MFT 570, MFT 584
Co-requisite: MFT 565
Studies and analysis of human pathology as it affects individual, couple and family functioning. Development, identification, assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning and techniques will be explored. Three hours of seminar each week.
MFT 570 Theories and Techniques of Marital F amily Therapy I (3)
Corequisite: MFT 500
Theory (Freud, Jung, Adler, Existential and Person-Centered), research, and practicum in the general areas of preparation for marriage, sex education, and the role of the child in the family. Knowledge of theories and skills in counseling evaluated. Three hours of seminar per week.
MFT 572 Theories and Techniques of Marital Family Therapy I I (3)
Prerequisite: MFT 570
Psychotherapeutic techniques in marriage and family counseling (Gestalt, Behavior, Cognitive, Cognitive Behavioral, Reality, Feminist, Postmodern; Solution-Focused, Narrative) applied to treatment of adults and children. Practice in family therapy, crisis counseling, and various approaches to marital conflict resolution, including premarital and divorce counseling and individuals in relationships. Counseling Skills evaluated. Three hours of seminar per week.
*MFT 574 Human Sexual Behavior (3)
The course is scheduled on a "demand" basis. Students should consult the department office for information about the next scheduling offering. 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 Therapy: T reatment of Couples and Families (3)
Prerequisite: MFT 520, MFT 521 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 DSM- 5 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 582 Psychopharmacological Issues in MFT (2)
Studies of how psychotropic medications affect behavioral and emotional states of individuals and how these changes affect these people's relationships. Development of vocabulary and basic knowledge of medications and how to assess effects and converse with prescribing physicians. Three hours of lecture each week.
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 520, MFT 521, MFT 570, MFT 572, and MFT 584.
Studies of the theories of Substance Abuse as they effect and relate the family system. Advanced interviewing techniques, assessment procedures, recover 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)
Seminar reviewing three areas of study required by the state licensing board: Domestic Violence and Partner Abuse, Sex Therapy, and Aging and Long-Term Care. Application to the practice of MFT, including theoretical application, law and ethics concerning these areas, and specific treatment modalities. Three hours of seminar per week. Signature of graduate program coordinator required.
MFT 588 Treatment of Trauma 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 594 Independent Study (3)
Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor and Program Coordinator. Student must have
completed at least twelve semester units.
In consultation with a faculty member, the student will investigate in detail current research and scholarship in some area relevant to the field of Marital Family Therapy, or will complete a project involving original and creative research. Content of research will be specific to the program and licensure as an MFT.
MFT 595 Special Topics in Marital and Family Therapy (1-3)
A course designed of special interest topics. Topic of content will vary as announced. Repeatable course.
MFT 596 Practicum in Marital Family Therapy: Generic (3)
Classroom component or practicum for student needing to complete training hours in order to graduate. Discussions of case material, advanced diagnostic procedures, treatment planning, clinical skill development, outcome measurement, and selfevaluation will be included. 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 on year of courses. CR/NC grading. Course is repeatable for a total of 6 Units.
MFT 599 Comprehensive Examination (1)
Prerequisites: All course work must be completed except Practica and Practica
Fieldwork, the GPA must be 3.0 or better, and MFT 584: Legal and Ethical Aspects of
Counseling must be a B or better.
This course provides management and registration for the comprehensive examinations, both written and oral. Students must have completed all coursework before registering for the class, which is required in order to take the comprehensive examinations; all students taking these exams must register for this course. Additional, this course will provide a wrap-up of the program's main topics to facilitate the consolidation of knowledge. Further, this class will include practice in case presentation. Attendance is optional but registration is mandatory.
MFT 600 Graduate Continuation Course (0)
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. In order to register for this class a signature of graduate program coordinator required.