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Marital and Family Therapy

Program Description

pic1The Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy is a two-year degree program which prepares students to take the examination for the Marriage and Family Therapy license offered by the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California.  The program focuses on three disciplines: behavioral sciences, psychology, and sociology.  The basic areas of study include Theories of Marital and Family Counseling, Applied Psychotherapeutic Techniques, Communication, Human Growth, Development and Sexuality, Professional Ethics, Cross Cultural Mores and Values, and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.  In addition to extensive academic study of theories and techniques of marriage, family, and child counseling, students receive practical, supervised training aimed at satisfying 500 of the 3,000 hours required prior to eligibility for the licensing examination.  Application deadline is April 1.

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.

Features
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.

Preparation
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.

Career Possibilities
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 like Kaiser Permanente and they can work at counseling centers like the South Bay Center for Counseling.  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.