Human Development and Family Studies: Marriage and Family Therapy M.S.

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Human Development and Family Studies: Marriage and Family Therapy M.S.

Program Overview

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program prepares students to work in mental health, family service, medical, and human service settings. 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. The Program generally takes two years and two summers and requires five hundred (500) hours of clinical practice in order to graduate.  Additional hours of clinical practice under supervision are required after graduation to meet state licensure standards and qualify for clinical membership in AAMFT

  1. satisfactorily complete an established array of courses
  2. accrue 500 hours of client contact through teaming, the Marriage and Family Therapy Center, and (for the majority of students) through an external internship
  3. satisfactorily complete an integrative paper and presentation

Clinical training emphasizes treating individuals, couples, and families in relationship to larger systems that influence them. Supervised practica continue throughout the program.

MFT program graduates function as competent and ethical marriage and family therapy professionals and have a solid knowledge base of marriage and family therapy theory and research as well as clinical practice principles. The MFT Program successfully prepares graduates for employment as marriage and family therapists in community agencies and private practice.

Contact

Department of Human Development & Family Studies
Pettee Hall, 55 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-5021

Curriculum & Requirements

M.S. Degree Requirements: Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Program requirements include 

Successful completion of a 12-credit core curriculum
HDFS 991Professional Issues for Family Specialists4
HDFS 993Theoretical Approaches to Human Development and Family Studies4
HDFS 994Research Seminar4
Successful completion of approved coursework (35-36 credits)
HDFS 841Marital and Family Therapy4
HDFS 930Child Development in Context4
HDFS 942Advanced Systems of Marital and Family Therapy4
HDFS 945Family Therapy Practice I4
HDFS 946Critical Problems in Family Life4
HDFS 947Family Therapy Practice II4
HDFS 952Clinical Interventions in Couples Therapy4
HDFS 954Sex Therapy4
Elective3-4
Successful completion of 24 practicum credits (500 hours)
HDFS 898Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum1 - 8
Successful completion and presentation of an integrative paper and video representing student's theory of change.

Grade Policy

A graduate student who fails a course must immediately attend a mandatory meeting with the instructor of the course, the Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Coordinator, and, if desired, the student's adviser. If a graduate student receives grades below "B-­" in two or more courses, the Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Coordinator will make a recommendation to the Graduate School that the student be dismissed from the Human Development and Family Studies Graduate program.

M.S. Degree: MFT Program Courses

HDFS 897Special Topics1-4
HDFS 930Child Development in Context4
HDFS 841Marital and Family Therapy4
HDFS 942Advanced Systems of Marital and Family Therapy4
HDFS 945Family Therapy Practice I4
HDFS 946Critical Problems in Family Life4
HDFS 947Family Therapy Practice II4
HDFS 952Clinical Interventions in Couples Therapy4
HDFS 954Sex Therapy4
HDFS 991Professional Issues for Family Specialists4
HDFS 993Theoretical Approaches to Human Development and Family Studies4
HDFS 994Research Seminar4
HDFS 898Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum1 - 8

Explore Program Details

Graduates with a Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) master’s degree are highly trained professionals who bring a family-oriented perspective and treatment approach to mental, emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal conditions.  MFT's address a wide-range of issues that affect individuals, couples and family members.  An MFT can provide child, youth, adult, family and couples counseling.

Many MFT graduates become professional therapists and some graduates prefer to work with specific populations, such as military families.  MFT graduates also develop rewarding careers in community and social service, international and humanitarian work and research.

To discuss career options, contact Dr. Corinna Tucker or to view additional resources on career opportunities see the NCFR Careers in Family Science booklet.
For in-depth career information, duties, education, training and pay, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Private Practice

A MFT may set up a private practice to serve individuals, couples and families.  A therapist may specialize in a particular area, like adult depression, couples or sex therapy.

Human Services

Outpatient Care Facilities: MFT's are hired to treat children, adolescents, adults and seniors battling substance abuse and mental illness. 

Inpatient Care Facilities and Hospitals: MFT's are hired to work as inpatient therapists at healthcare facilities and hospitals.

Schools: MFT's work at all levels of a school system, including working directly with students to counsel students and   parents together.

Legal and Correctional Facilities: MFT's assist families and couples in legal crisis and work with legal authorities and correctional systems.

Employee Assistance Programs: MFT's are hired to give short-term counseling, as well as refer employees and their family members to additional services, if needed.

Research

While working for social service agencies and businesses, MFT graduates may engage in a number of research activities including:  conducting interviews, facilitating focus groups, or creating a valid, reliable survey. 

MFT's also engage in needs assessments and evaluations of therapeutic care programs.

If you enjoy statistical analysis, you may want to consider going on to receive a Ph.D.

International and Humanitarian Work

MFT's working internationally or for humanitarian organizations usually work with for profit and non-profit agencies such as the Red Cross or Peace Corps, and in various support leadership positions that address the therapeutic needs of individuals, couples and families.

Education
  • Collegial and supportive culture
  • Competitive stipends
  • Scholarship opportunities from the university and department
  • Award-winning mentorship from nationally-recognized faculty
  • Many career options such as private practice
  • On-campus clinical facilities
  • Access to UNH’s Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program
  • Travel stipend available
  • Exceptional placement rate post-graduation
  • Open research teams
  • Oopportunities to conduct research, publish, and present at conferences
  • 97% of students who have enrolled in the UNH Marriage and Family Therapy Program have graduated
  • 100% of graduates who have taken the national exam have passed

What Makes Us Different

  • Our program emphasizes structural, strategic, solution-focused and systemic approaches to Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Clinical Training is provided under the direction of supervisors approved by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) in the department's Couples and Family Therapy Center.
  • Second-year students have the opportunity to participate in a community-based experience (external internship) that accompanies the clinical practicum on campus.
  • The clinical training emphasizes treating the individual, couple, and family in relationship to the larger systems that influence them.
  • The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and meets the academic requirements for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Student Achievement Criteria Data

  • Over the past ten years, 97% percent of students who have enrolled in the UNH Marriage and Family Therapy Program have graduated.
  • 100% of graduates who have taken the national exam have passed. 
  • For information on other students' achievements, please visit our Friends & Alumni page.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies contributes to the well-being of individuals and families through knowledge, teaching, leadership, and professional practice. The Marriage and Family Therapy program at UNH is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and meets the academic regulations for clinical membership in the American Association for MFT.  Through connecting research, practice and policy our faculty conduct significant research on a range of issues facing individuals, couples and families in todays society.

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