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The M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy is designed to help students develop clinical excellence and prepare for careers as marriage and family therapists. Students are prepared to assume professional positions in private practice, employee assistance programs, managed care and health care organizations, child care and child development systems, family service agencies, schools, churches, hospitals, and other clinical and organizational settings.

The 60-credit hour degree program consists of coursework and clinical practice. Training is concentrated on brief, interactional models of family therapy, preparing our graduates to practice in a time sensitive, cost-effective manner. The M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy has full accreditation with the:

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3061
(703) 838-9809; AAMFT

NSU-KPCOM's Department of Couple and Family Therapy is dedicated to teaching and training its students to work with culturally and sexually diverse populations. To that end, our department prioritizes recruiting diverse faculty, supervisors, staff, and students so as to create an inclusive environment which empowers our students to become authentic and culturally aware practitioners who practice from an affirmative lens and who celebrate differences. We look for faculty, supervisors, staff and students who are self-reflective and open to challenging their own perceptions of social location and who advocate for social justice.

Accreditation: Student Achievement Criteria

From the AAMFT website:

Accredited programs report Student Achievement Criteria data for each cohort in the program. A cohort is defined as the students who entered a program between a given time period (example: the students in the Fall 2005 - Spring 2006 Cohort, entered their respective programs between the Fall of 2005 and Spring of 2006).

The M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy is offered on-campus on NSU's Main Campus.

Students may enter the M.S. program in the Fall or Summer trimester. Students may enroll full or part time, taking six to twelve credit hours per trimester. Students who begin in the Summer trimester may be part time for that trimester. Classes typically meet 3-6 pm and 6- 9 pm with the exception of practicum.

Students who attend full-time can expect to complete the program in 2 years approximately. Part-time students will complete the program in 3 years or less depending on the pace of study. Summer attendance is required.

Master's students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Canvas, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Canvas as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Canvas enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.

Prospective Students are expected to review the M.S. Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement and sign the M.S. Informed acknowledgment of potential differences in MFT licensure requirements across state/provincial regulatory bodies Form before entering the program. The signed form needs to be submitted to the program office before admission. The program director and faculty discuss the information with the prospective students, as mentioned in the links below, during the admission interviews. Prospective students are welcome to contact the program director in case of inquiries (see links below for more information).

The Master's Program in Couple and Family Therapy strives to educate and train students to become competent Couples and Family therapists with the ability to work with culturally and sexually diverse populations and marginalized groups in individual, couple, family, group and organizational settings. Our program further strives to uphold all professional standards in the field.

The Master's Program in Couple and Family Therapy provides training using a relational/systemic theoretical lens in work with individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations. The program curriculum emphasizes the ethical and professional practice of Couples and Family Therapy, offering professional and scholarly services to the community including culturally and sexually diverse populations and other marginalized groups. Through these practices, the program demonstrates a commitment to issues of cultural and sexual diversity, inclusion, and international sensitivity. The program provides a global perspective of research, scholarship and service and participates in reflective practices through self-evaluation and input from our communities of interest as we strive to maintain the highest professional standards.

Program Goals (PGs):

PG1: The M.S. Program in Couple and Family Therapy program demonstrates a commitment to issues of cultural and sexual diversity and inclusion.

PG2: The M.S. Program in Couple and Family Therapy demonstrates a commitment to ethical and professional practice.

PG3: The M.S. Program in Couple and Family Therapy trains students in clinically applied research, and systemic/relational clinical theory and practice.

PG4: The M.S. Program in Couple and Family Therapy demonstrates a commitment to servicing the community.

PG5: The M.S. Program in Couple and Family Therapy demonstrates a commitment to graduating students in a timely manner, monitoring graduate employment, and passing the licensure exam.

MS Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

SLO1: M.S. students demonstrate respect for issues of cultural and sexual diversity and inclusion.

SLO2: M.S. students will demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors as practitioners.

SLO3: M.S. students will demonstrate knowledge of clinically applied research.

SLO4: M.S. students will demonstrate competency in clinical theory.

SLO5: M.S. students demonstrate competency in practice.

SLO6: M.S. students will demonstrate service to community by seeing clients from the community.

SLO7: M.S. students will graduate within the maximum allotted timeframe of 5 years.

SLO8: M.S. graduates will be employed.

SLO9: M.S. graduates will pass the AMFTRB licensure exam.

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