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Marriage and Family Therapy Degree Requirements

Program Requirements

To receive the Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, students must have:

  • Earned 48 credits in prescribed marriage and family therapy courses;
  • Completed the interdisciplinary studies requirements;
  • Maintained a 3.00 grade point average in those credits;
  • Successfully completed a minimum of 500 clinical contact hours (which must include 300 direct contact hours), plus 100 hours of supervision prior to graduation.

Prerequisite Summary

A student is required to have taken a research methods class (undergraduate or graduate) in the immediate past 5 years, before enrolling in PSY 700, and received a C+ or higher in the class.  Courses in statistics or psychometrics do not count towards this requirement, as the course needs to actually be research methods.  If you have met this requirement, then you do not need to do anything else.  If you do not meet this requirement, you may audit a research methods course, pass a proficiency exam, or take a self-study course we offer.

Degree Requirements

The following sequence of courses has been established for appropriate progress through the program. All courses carry 3 graduate credits unless indicated otherwise. An Independent Study course is available when arranged with the Director of the Program.

Madison students who begin their studies in January will take just 9 credits in their first semester of work, while students who begin in September will carry 12 credits. Students who begin in January will complete the program in 6 semesters. Students who begin in September will complete the program in 5 semesters. You may wish to consider these differences when selecting the cohort that’s best for you.

Green Bay students begin in September and complete the program in 5 semesters.

 

Courses

PSY 600 Introduction to Systems Theories - Overview of theories that use metaphors of system, pattern, interaction, and communication to describe human behavior and relationships.


PSY 605 Introduction to Marital and Family Therapy - Review of the history of marital and family therapy and the clinical approaches of interactional therapies. Focuses on basic counseling concepts and skills.


PSY 610 Marital and Family Therapy II - Exploration of techniques of major fields of systems therapy, including structural, strategic, systemic, existential, brief, and others. Prerequisite: PSY 605.


PSY 615 Special Issues in Systems Therapy - Examines therapeutic strategies for issues such as blended families, addiction, abuse, and others. Prerequisite: PSY 605.


PSY 620 Diversity Through the Lifespan in MFT - Focuses on the diversity of psychosocial development across ethnicity, class, gender, and culture, from childhood through old age. Discusses the implications for interactional therapies.


PSY 625 Human Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction - Review of the psychosocial development of sexuality and gender from childhood through old age. Summary of clinical approaches to sexual and gender problems from a systemic perspective.


PSY 630 Psychopathology and Personality - Review of the psychosocial development of sexuality and gender from childhood through old age. Summary of clinical approaches to sexual and gender problems from a systemic perspective.


PSY 635 Assessment in Marital and Family Therapy - Overview of methods and instruments used to define problems and indicate solutions. Comparative study of interactional approaches and individual and family dysfunction assessments. Prerequisite: PSY 630.


PSY 640 Substance Abuse and Dependence (2 cr) - Overview of methods and instruments used to define problems and indicate solutions. Comparative study of interactional approaches and individual and family dysfunction assessments. Prerequisite: PSY 630.


PSY 645 Psychopharmacology (2 cr) - Examines psychoactive medications and their use in the treatment of mental and behavioral disorders. Therapeutic and side effect issues are addressed.


PSY 655 Marital and Couple Therapy - This course is designed to provide an exploration and application of theories and methods used in marital and couple therapy using a systemic perspective. Major theoretical approaches will be examined to develop a framework within which the student can understand the nature of intimate relationships and the dynamics of marital and couple therapy.


PSY 700 Research Methods (2 cr) - Review of quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry, examining recent marriage and family therapy research studies.


PSY 715 Research in Family Therapy (2 cr) - Development of and work on a research project in the field of marriage and family therapy. Prerequisite: PSY 700.


PSY 730 Introduction to Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues (1 cr) - Provides an overview of the ethical, legal, and professional mandates, laws, and guidelines that regulate the practice of marriage and family therapy


PSY 750 Clinical Practicum I - Supervised practice of marriage and family therapy in a field experience. This course must be followed within a 12-month period by PSY 760 and PSY 770. Prerequisite: completion of all Year 1 courses and approval of the Program Director.


PSY 760 Clinical Practicum II (3–4 cr) - Supervised practice of marriage and family therapy in a field experience. Prerequisite: PSY 750.


PSY 770 Clinical Practicum III (3–4 cr) - Supervised practice of marriage and family therapy in a field experience. Prerequisite: PSY 760.


PSY 800 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues - This course examines ethical and legal practices and dialogue about ethical issues in professional practice. It discusses legal requirements and accountability for the profession and the relationship of ethical practices that relate to global and local resource allocations. The course explores how one’s belief system impacts on justice, honesty, and respect in dealing with colleagues and clients in the ethical conduct of the profession. The course may be used to fulfill interdisciplinary required component in ethics (IC 800). Details of these requirements for MFT students may be found in the Graduate Catalogue.