Mission: The mission of the CFT Master's program is to prepare competent, effective therapists for clinical practice and advancement of the marriage and family therapy discipline. The program seeks to train professionals who demonstrate superior therapeutic skills, ethical integrity, intellectual curiosity, and a sincere commitment to working with families from diverse populations.

Program Goal 1: To educate and train culturally informed and culturally competent couple and family therapists.

  • SLO 1A – Students will have a strong knowledge of the impact of social location (e.g., race, culture, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religion, social class, ability, etc.) on individual and family functioning.
  • SLO 1B – Students will apply knowledge of the impact of social location to effectively conceptualize cases.
  • SLO 1C – Students will apply knowledge of social location to conduct culturally competent assessment and treatment.
  • SLO 1D – Students will understand the cultural values underlying models of treatment.
  • SLO 1E – Students will understand how the therapist’s social location will impact the course of therapy.

Program Goal 2: To educate and train ethical couple and family therapists.

  • SLO 2A – Students will be knowledgeable of professional codes of ethics, state laws, and model of ethical decision-making  regarding the practice of couple and family therapy.
  • SLO 2B – Students will demonstrate ethical decision-making and case management in clinical practice.

Program Goal 3: To educate and train couple and family therapists who utilize a systemic/relational approach in the process of therapy.

  • SLO 3A – Students will have a solid knowledge of systemic based models and technique of family therapy.
  • SLO 3B – Students will apply knowledge of systemic models and techniques of family therapy to assessment, treatment, and clinical decision-making regarding therapy process and termination.
  • SLO 3C – Students will have a solid knowledge of systemically based assessment and treatment of major couple and family presenting problems such as family violence, substance abuse, trauma, separation/divorce, blended families, family conflict, and sexual/intimacy problems.
  • SLO 3D – Students will be able to utilize knowledge about normative and non-normative child, adolescent, adult, and family functioning to assess and treat presenting problems.
  • SLO 3E - Students will utilize standardized tests and structured clinical interviews to apply formal diagnostic criteria (e.g. DSM-IV) in assessing and treating problems in individual family members’ functioning.
  • SLO 3F – Students will be aware of the degree to which their own experiences and world view can affect their assessment and treatment of clients and use this “self of therapist” knowledge to minimize therapeutic bias and maximize therapeutic effectiveness.

Program Goal 4: To train and educate couple and family therapists who understand and utilize public health and social science research findings regarding physical health, mental health, and family functioning in clinical practice.

  • SLO 4A – Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic and applied research methods.
  • SLO 4B – Students will demonstrate the application of current empirical findings to couple and family therapy cases.