The 54-credit Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Degree is developed to meet the NYS educational and experiential criteria for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Year 1

Fall (Mid Sept- Mid March)

Course Number Course Title
MFT 620 Structural, Strategic, Systemic Theories
MFT 690 Human Development
MFT 640 Psychopathology in MFT

Spring (Mid March- Mid Sept)

Course Number Course Title
MFT 670 Family Law & Ethical Issues
MFT 671 Child Abuse Workshop
MFT 631 Family & Couple Therapy Skills 
MFT 651 Social Constructionist Theories
MFT 701 Practicum I (Module 3) 3 credits

 

Year 2

Fall (Mid Sept- Mid March)

Course Number Course Title
MFT 680 Treating Diverse Populations
MFT 730 Sex Therapy
MFT 720 Research Methods
MFT 702 Practicum II - 4 credits

Spring (Mid March- Mid Sept)

Course Number Course Title
MFT 661 Transgerational Theories
MFT 761 Trauma & the Family
MFT 703 Practicum III 
AND/OR    
MFT 762 Child & Adolescent Therapy

 

Year 3

Course Number Course Title
MFT 740 Substance Abuse and Violence
MFT 704 Practivum IV 
MFT 763 Treating Sexual Trauma

 

 

Course Descriptions

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 620
COURSE TITLE: Structural, Strategic, Systemic Theories
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

A. CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:


This course is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of the dynamics of family interaction from a 'systems' perspective. This course is an introduction to the history and systemic foundations of the study and understanding of family life with emphasis on the various theories of family process and development. The development of an understanding of 'systems theory', its application to family interaction, and its evaluation will form the basis of the course content. Topics included: historical and conceptual development of Family Systems Theory, introduction to General Systems Theory, family rules, roles, structure and interaction patterns, functional and dysfunctional family systems, life cycle issues in marriage and family and ethnicity and family therapy.

 

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 631
COURSE TITLE: Family & Couple Therapy Skills
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect Standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course is designed to prepare students for their first practicum experience.  The course will emphasize the development of beginning practice skills.  Students will explore theoretical perspectives on marital and family assessment, along with a thorough examination of assessment techniques and treatment planning strategies and develop effective treatment planning strategies. 

 

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 640
COURSE TITLE: Psychopathology in MFT
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course provides students with the most current information regarding the etiologies, and subsequent treatments, of the most prevalent mental illnesses in our society from a systemic perspective.

 

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 651
COURSE TITLE: Social Constructionist Theories
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect Standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course examines social constructionist theories and constructivist models within the field of marriage and family therapy.  The course examines the theoretical foundations and how to apply them to a variety of clientele, such as couples, children and adolescents.  The use of these theories with mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression is also explored through research, theory and practice.  

 

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 661
COURSE TITLE: Transgenerational Theories
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect Standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course is designed to examine and implement the transgenerational theories of marriage and family therapy.  The transgenerational theories go beyond typical treatment models, to discuss issues such as family evolution and human behavior. These models have had a major impact on the field of family therapy, and are crucial to understanding many of the current treatment models in the field.  This course provides an in-depth look at some of the key theorists in the transgenerational approach. Further, these ideas will be discussed in relationship to gender, culture, sexual orientation, and power and privilege. Finally, all of these theories will be examined from the three-pronged approach of theory, research, and practice.

 

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 670
COURSE TITLE: Family Law & Ethical Issues
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course will focus on the ethical principles and professional standards of therapy practice, and survey the ethical and legal issues facing the professional Family and Marital therapists. Students will review professional goals, objectives, roles and functions of Marital and Family Therapists. This course also examines ethical and legal standards, risk management, professional credentialing and standards for professional counselors.

 

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 671
COURSE TITLE: Child Abuse Workshop
CREDITS: Non-credit (online NYS workshop)
PREREQUISITES: must be co-registered for MFT 670

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This online course prepares students who are required by law to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment to the New York State Central Register. It is designed to help students understand the risk factors associated with child abuse, as well as to recognize emotional, physical and sexual abuse of children. Students will learn their roles and responsibilities as mandated child abuse reporters.

This course serves a dual purpose:
a) Requirement for MFT 670 (Legal & Ethical Issues in Family Therapy
b) Requirement for New York State License for Marriage & Family Therapist.

 

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 680
COURSE TITLE: Treating Diverse Populations
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course is designed to provide students with a general framework for understanding issues related to therapy with diverse populations, different cultures and lifestyles. The influence of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation will be explored.

 

COURSE NUMBER: MFT 690
COURSE TITLE: Human Development
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course introduces students to the major theories that have shaped the marriage and family therapists' understanding of human growth and development from conception, childhood and adolescence, to early, middle and late adulthood. The stages of family-life cycle are examined at three different levels of analysis: individual, systemic, and relational ethical. Major psychological tasks of each stage are presented with an examination of the potential problems. Family dysfunctions at each stage are considered from a systemic point of view as compared to other, more individually oriented theories, such as behaviorism, psychodynamic and developmental theories.

 

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 701
COURSE TITLE: Practicum I
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: All 600 level courses

Students MUST Maintain "Monthly Record of Practicum Hours & Supervision."
See Form enclosed with Syllabus.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

Through the sequence of MFT 701 Practicum I, MFT 702 Practicum II, and MFT 703 Practicum III students will accumulate 500 global hours of clinical experience treating couples and families under supervision of a licensed marriage & family therapist. Students will provide at least 300 hours of direct contact with couples, families, and/or individuals with marital or family issues, of those hours 250 must be with families and couples. Students will receive at least 1 hour of direct supervision at their practicum sites, and they will participate in practicum seminar on a weekly basis on campus. Particular emphasis is placed on developing skills to assess and conceptualize cases from a chosen theoretical perspective.

 

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 704
COURSE TITLE: Practicum IV
CREDITS: 4.0
PREREQUISITES: MFT 701, 702, and 703

Students MUST Maintain “Monthly Record of Practicum Hours & Supervision.”  See Form enclosed with Syllabus.NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect Standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE: 

This course will provide 150 hours of the 500 global hours of clinical experience treating couples and families under supervision of a licensed marriage & family therapist. Over the course of practicum I, II, and III, students will provide at least 300 hours of direct contact with couples, families, and/or individuals with marital or family issues, of those hours 250 must be with families and couples.  Students will receive at least 1 hour of direct supervision at their practicum sites, and they will participate in practicum seminar on a weekly basis on campus.   Particular emphasis is placed on developing skills to assess and conceptualize cases from a chosen theoretical perspective.  

 

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 720
COURSE TITLE: Research Methods
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course is designed to enable graduate level students to read and understand existing research literature, to understand principal research methods and to apply research principals to the conduct of research projects. This course surveys the major methodologies for conducting research, and focuses on research report development, publication of data, and ethical considerations in conducting research. Students will also be introduced to the statistics necessary for describing and analyzing data. Special emphasis will be placed on reviewing marital, couple and family research.

 

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 730
COURSE TITLE: Sex Therapy
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course will provide a foundation for the treatment of couples, by addressing common presenting issues such as child-rearing problems, partner abuse (emotional and physical), jealousy and conflicts regarding affiliation, gender roles, and issues of intimacy and sexuality. It will also present an overview of the field of sex therapy, by introducing students to sexual dysfunction and an overview of treatment techniques.

 

PROGRAM: Marriage and Family Therapy
COURSE NUMBER: MFT 740
COURSE TITLE: Substance Abuse and Violence in the Family System
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course presents a survey of the leading theorists and concepts in the field of family therapy. Students will become better acquainted with this field of therapy and will acquire skills necessary to work with families who are affected by violence and substance abuse.

 

COURSE NUMBER: MFT 760
COURSE TITLE: Trauma & the Family
CREDITS: 3.0
PREREQUISITES: None

NOTE: Grading of papers will reflect standard English usage. The organizational and bibliographic style found in the APA Publication Manual is the accepted format for this Program.

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course outlines the rights of the parties in New York Family Law, with particular attention to the legal aspects of marriage, divorce, paternity, child custody, property, and spousal support. Additionally, MFT 720 examines such issues as same-sex marriages, annulment, adoption, spousal violence and adoption laws. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and treating families who are involved in the legal system.

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