The Marriage and Family Therapy Program
The University of New Hampshire Marriage and Family Therapy Program is committed to educating and training qualified students to become competent marriage and family therapists who are able to understand the importance of integrating theory, practice, and research.
The Marriage and Family Therapy Program specifically prepares students to work in mental health, family service, medical, and human service settings. The emphasis is on structural, strategic, and systemic approaches to marriage and family therapy. Clinical training is provided under the direction of an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) in the department's Marriage and Family Therapy Center. Second-year students have the opportunity to participate in a community-based experience (external internship) that accompanies clinical practicum on campus. The clinical training emphasizes treating the individual, couple, and family in relationship to the larger systems that influence them. Supervised practica continue throughout the program. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education and meets the academic requirements for clinical membership in the AAMFT. AAMFT standards require five hundred hours of clinical practice during the program. Additional hours of clinical practice under supervision will be required to meet AAMFT standards for clinical membership after graduation. See http://www.aamft.org/ for information on clinical membership.
Program requirements include:
- The twelve-credit core curriculum (FS 991, FS 993, and FS 994)
- Thirty-five - thirty-six semester hours of coursework, including FS 841, Marital and Family Therapy; FS 930, Child Development in Context; FS 942, Advanced Systems of Marital and Family Therapy; FS 945, Family Therapy Practice I; FS 946, Critical Problems in Family Life; FS 947, Family Therapy Practice II; FS 952, Clinical Interventions in Couples Therapy; FS 954, Human Sexuality, the Treatment of Sexual Problems, and the Clinical Applications of Sexual Therapy; and one 3-4 credit elective.
- Successful completion of twenty-four credits of FS 898 (500 hours of supervised clinical practice).
- Completion and presentation of an integrative paper and video representing the student's theory of change. More information regarding the integrative paper will be distributed to each MFT student at the beginning of his or her second semester in the program.
For information on how to apply to the MFT program, see our admissions page.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
1. MFT theoretical foundations
Outcome: Students will learn and demonstrate a knowledge of the historical evolution of the major models of marriage and family therapy and other theories that support the marriage and family therapy field.
2. Clinical competence in assessment and treatment
Outcome: Students will develop the clinical skills needed to assess and treat problems from a systems paradigm.
3. Contextual, multicultural and developmental perspectives.
Outcome: Students will demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to the larger context that surrounds families, including such diversity factors as culture, ethnicity, gender, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio/economic status, across the lifespan.
4. Professional and ethical conduct
Outcome: Students will participate in the MFT Program with dedication, professionalism, ethics, and respect toward clients, peers, supervisors, and faculty, as well as the field of MFT.
5. Integrate theory, research and practice
Outcome: Students will develop a theoretically-driven and research-informed clinical practice.
Student Achievement Data
Over the past ten years, 97% percent of student who have enrolled in the UNH Marriage and Family Therapy Program have graduated, and 100% of graduates who have taken the national exam have passed. Fifty-four percent of our alumni report that they are licensed MFTs.
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