Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)
Dr. Valerie L. Alexander
The MA Counseling Psychology – MFT Area of Specialization emphasizes marriage and family therapy and is designed for students who are committed to the practice of individual, couples, family, adolescent, and child psychotherapy. This version of the degree meets the academic requirements necessary to sit for the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) License mandated by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the state of California. Students may take courses from the LPCC Area of Specialization as their electives if they want to qualify for both licenses.
The MA with MFT specialization may not meet requirements in other states. Students should consult the licensing boards of the appropriate states for information about licensure outside of California.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Assess and diagnose psychological distress and/or impairment, mental disorders, or problems in living in diverse couples, and families within various mental health settings.
- Assess and diagnose psychological distress and/or impairment, mental disorders or problems in living in children and adolescents from diverse backgrounds within various mental health settings.
- Develop appropriate strategies and treatment plans for successful clinical interventions with couples, families, children, and adolescents in various clincial contexts.
- Apply therapeutic interventions with diverse clients within the context of child, couples, and family counseling.
To complete the Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, students must complete the four courses listed below. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Students should refer to the section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.
Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (4 courses; 18 quarter units)