Course Schedule

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The MFT program requires 60 units, offers both full-time and part-time options, and can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students cannot attend the program on less than a part-time basis (6 units per semester).

Classes begin the week of June 29, 2022

Sample Full-time Schedule

Year 1

Summer Term

EDUC 508 | (2 units)

Interrogating Systems of Inequity in Professional Practice

Establish a conceptual framework for a critical social justice perspective within the mental health field. Grapple with how to be an agent of social change as a clinician and global citizen.

EDUC 500 | (3 units)

The Counseling Process

Become familiar with theoretical foundations, models, values and assumptions underlying psychological counseling; cross-cultural perspectives, experiential learning opportunities and recovery-oriented care.

EDUC 507 | (3 units)

Professional Identity, Law and Ethics for Counselors

Explore the history of the field of counseling and professional identity development. Examine current legal, ethical and other professional issues in counseling.

Fall Semester

EDUC 541 | (3 units)

Theories in Counseling

Become knowledgeable about multiple theories of counseling and familiarize yourself with client conceptualizations and treatment strategies. Begin to formulate your unique theoretical orientation.

EDUC 583 | (3 units)

Counseling through the Lifespan

Explore developmental stages and life events from infancy to elder years and their effect upon individuals, couples and family relationships within a cultural context.

EDUC 546 | (3 units)

Psychopathology for Marriage and Family Therapists

Become familiar with theories of psychological impairment with an emphasis on the diagnosis of child and family dysfunction. Practice utilizing DSM-5 classification of case studies.

EDUC 570 | (3 units)

Research Methods and Data Analysis for Counselors

Learn about various research designs and their appropriateness for addressing different research questions. Identify threats to validity and other challenges in research as well as basic statistical methods and their use. Recommended preparation: beginning statistics course.

Spring Semester

EDUC 515 | (3 units)

Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy

Gain an introduction to major family systems theories and their unique assumptions, goals and techniques. Learn how to assess relationship dynamics and conceptualize cases with sociocultural attunement.

EDUC 544 | (3 units)

Psychological Assessment

Explore educational and psychological instruments; psychometric concepts and the rationale for the use of psychological instruments in the counseling relationship. Understand implication of risk, suicide assessment and the clinical interview process.

EDUC 635 | (3 units)

Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

Explore the psychological, social and cultural dimensions of childhood, with a focus on direct practice with children and their families in urban settings. Evidence-based interventions for this population are demonstrated and practiced.

EDUC 553 | (3 units)

Psychopharmacology and the Effects of Substance Abuse

Examine the biological basis of behavior and become introduced to psychopharmacology (particularly for students without a science background). Explore the psychoactive agents used in the treatment of mental illness and an examine the etiology and treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

Year 2

Summer Term

EDUC 547 | (3 units)

Career Development: Theory and Process

Help clients by enabling them to increase their access to educational and career opportunities. A number of theories are examined to promote your ability to critically evaluate their efficacy for diverse populations.

EDUC 633 | (2 units)

Child and Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence

Review laws governing the mandated reporting of child and elder abuse, the procedures involved, as well as etiology, effects and treatment interventions.

EDUC 644 | (3 units)

Practicum in Counseling

Conduct supervised clinical work with adults, couples, children and families.

Fall Semester

EDUC 637 | (3 units)

Group Counseling: Theory and Process

Explore theory, research and practice of group counseling. Includes laboratory experience.

EDUC 636 | (3 units)

Perspectives on Human Sexuality

Learn about the physiological-psychological and socio-cultural variables associated with sexual identity and sexual behavior with an emphasis on increasing mastery in addressing sexual topics within a brief therapy context.

EDUC 645A | (3 units)

Field Work in Counseling

Conduct supervised field experience in a clinical setting that focuses on the development of novice therapists in a small group setting.

EDUC 638 | (3 units)

Multicultural Counseling: Research and Practice
Become a more culturally responsive mental health professional and develop sensitivity to the dynamics of power and powerlessness across various social identities as well as the intersectionality among these dimensions that profoundly affect the therapeutic relationship.

Spring Semester

EDUC 634 | (3 units)

Counseling Couples in Relationships

Examine development and change with couples and other relational configurations, utilizing roleplays and examining intervention effectiveness.

EDUC 645B | (3 units)

Field Work in Counseling

Conduct supervised field experience in a clinical setting that includes case presentations and development of critical thinking and holistic conceptualizations.

EDUC 646 | (2 units)

Marriage and Family Therapy Capstone: Leadership Project

As the culminating academic, professional and reflective experience in the final year, engage in a research project to identify a gap in clinical practice and ascertain your role as change agent in addressing clinical problems with approaches that are socially just and attuned to power and privilege in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy and the global community.

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Part-Time

Year 1

Summer Term

  • EDUC 508 | (2 units) | Interrogating Systems of Inequity in Professional Practice
  • EDUC 500 | (3 units) | The Counseling Process
  • EDUC 507 | (3 units) | Professional Identity and Law and Ethics for Counselors

Fall Semester

  • EDUC 541 | (3 units) | Theories in Counseling
  • EDUC 546 | (3 units) | Psychopathology for Marriage and Family Therapists

Spring Semester

  • EDUC 515 | (3 units) | Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • EDUC 635 | (3 units) | Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

Year 2

Summer Term

  • EDUC 547 | (3 units) | Career Development: Theory and Process

Fall Semester

  • EDUC 583 | (3 units) | Counseling through the Lifespan
  • EDUC 570 | (3 units) | Research Methods and Data Analysis for Counselors

Spring Semester

  • EDUC 544 | (3 units) | Psychological Assessment
  • EDUC 553 | (3 units) | Psychopharmacology and the Effects of Substance Abuse

Year 3

Summer Term

  • EDUC 633 | (2 units) | Child and Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence

Fall Semester

  • EDUC 637 | (3 units) | Group Counseling: Theory and Process
  • EDUC 636 | (3 units) | Perspectives on Human Sexuality

Spring Semester

  • EDUC 634 | (3 units) | Counseling Couples in Relationships
  • EDUC 638 | (3 units) | Multicultural Counseling: Research and Practice

Year 4

Summer Term

  • EDUC 644 | (3 units) | Practicum in Counseling

Fall Semester

  • EDUC 645A | (3 units) | Field Work in Counseling

Spring Semester

  • EDUC 645B | (3 units) | Field Work in Counseling
  • EDUC 646 | (2 units) | Marriage and Family Therapy Capstone: Leadership Project