Requirements and Details

Total Program: 60 semester hours
Core Courses: 15 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
PSY 502 Research Methods in Counseling 3
PSY 507 Human Development 3
PSY 522 Group Counseling 3
PSY 523 Multicultural Counseling 3
PSY 527 Professionalism, Ethics, and Law in Counseling 3
PSY 595 Competency Exam 0
MFT Specialization: 42 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
PSY 506 Human Sexuality 1
PSY 509 Psychological Testing 3
PSY 512 Clinical Psychopathology 3
PSY 516 Counseling Theories & Skills I 3
PSY 517 Counseling Theories & Skills II 3
PSY 518 Family Therapy 3
PSY 519 Couples Therapy 3
PSY 521 Child Therapy 2
PSY 528 Substance Abuse Counseling 3
PSY 530 Violence & Abuse in Family Systems 2
PSY 534 Psychopharmacology 2
PSY 536 Counseling Older Adults 1
PSY 542 Working with Clients’ Anger Issues 1
PSY 543 Grief and Loss Counseling 1
PSY 544 Trauma Focused Treatment 1
PSY 545 Working with Anxiety Disorders 1
PSY 550 Community Mental Health Counseling 3
PSY 580 Supervised Fieldwork in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy I 3
PSY 581 Supervised Fieldwork in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy II 3
Culminating Activity: 3 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
PSY 596 Graduate Seminar 3

 

  1.  A bachelor’s degree with the following six courses: general psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, psychological research methods/experimental psychology, statistics, and one other psychology theory class.
  1. The undergraduate course work will be evalu- ated on an individual basis for its recency and appropriateness to the graduate program.
  2. An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Appli- cants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered with additional requirements.
  3. The La Verne Graduate Studies Admission Form returned with nonrefundable $50 application fee.
  4. Completion of a 5-7-page statement of purpose and autobiography.
  5. A copy of a current résumé.
  6. Three letters of recommendation from profes-

    sors and colleagues who are familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional abilities, potential, and appropriateness for the counseling profession. At least one letter should be from a professor.

  7. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have at least one year of volunteer or paid experience working with families, children, couples, or individuals.
  8. An interview with at least two psychology faculty members.
  9. Completion of a test of written language.

A student is eligible to enroll in no more than six semester hours prior to being admitted into the MFT program.

Classroom Conduct, Behavior Standards, and Ethics
Professionals in the field of counseling are governed by a number of ethical principles. Students in the MFT program are expected to follow such principles. Students should be aware that annual evalua- tions will consider personal suitability for the field and professional development. Classroom conduct, behavioral standards, and ethical behavior will be considered in this evaluation. Failure to display appropriate behaviors in each of these areas may result in dismissal from the program.

Academic Progress.
The program adheres to the grading policies stated in the current ULV catalog. It should be noted that grades of B- or better are required for “successful completion” in the MFT program. Students earning grades lower than B- will be required to retake these classes if they are required for their degree. In addition, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to maintain normal academic progress and good standing in the program.

Program Candidacy.
All counseling students are admitted into the program under a pre-candidacy status. After the completion of 12 semester hours, all stu- dents become eligible for candidacy status and are evaluated by the following criteria: GPA of 3.0 or above, a passing score on the Competency Examination (PSY 595), and demonstrated personal suitability for the counseling profession. Occasionally, students may receive a provisional candidacy status in which certain conditions must be completed before they can receive candidacy status. In some instances, students may be denied candidacy and be discontinued from the program. All students must receive candidacy status in order to complete the program.

During their coursework in the program, students continue to be evaluated for demonstrated suitability to the program and the counseling profession. Occasionally, discontinuation of a student from the program may occur, even after the conferring of candidacy status, if the student’s personal or professional behavior does not continue to meet minimum professional and/or academic standards.

Personal Psychotherapy.
The department believes that students entering the marriage and family therapy profession benefit professionally, personally, and academically from experiencing personal psychotherapy, and believes that psychotherapy is a necessary training experience for counseling professionals. Therefore, all students enrolled in the MFT program are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of personal psychotherapy during their year of fieldwork placement (PSY 580, 581). Students should design a treatment plan for departmental approval, with their fieldwork instructor. Students must complete 5 (five) hours of personal therapy by the end of PSY 580 to earn academic credit for that class and must complete all 10 (ten) required hours by the end of PSY 581 in order to receive credit for that course. The therapy may include individual, couple, family, or group therapy, depending on the individual student’s issues and preferences. Students enrolled in the MFT program may apply their psychotherapy hours towards the optional hours of experience category for California MFT licensure. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the department.

Competency Exam.
The Competency Exam is a program requirement that must be completed in order to be eligible to begin the fieldwork experience. For MFT students, the exam is based upon, and occurs after successful completion of PSY 512, 516, 517, and 527. The exam is scheduled in June each year. All conditions of admission must be completed, and the student must be making satisfactory progress in the program, in order to sit for the exam. Students should complete the competency exam after all graduate level prerequisites are completed but prior to the start of the 30th semester hour. Exceptions to this must be approved by the program chair in writing.

Advanced Standing.
Students must receive advanced standing in order to enroll in Graduate Seminar (PSY 596), the culminating activity for the MS Program. MFT students are eligible to apply for Advanced Standing when they have completed 35 semester hours. Students must have completed all provisions or conditions of admission, have passed the competency exam, be in academic good standing, and have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all work applicable in the degree programs in order to apply for advanced standing.

Leave of Absence.
MFT students are expected to participate in coursework each semester until degree completion. A student who finds it necessary to interrupt his or her studies and desires to return should contact the Program Chair to request a leave of absence. With a leave of absence, a student may be absent from ULV for no more than two semesters without reapplying for admission. Students absent during a Fall or Spring semester without an approved leave of absence will be considered withdrawn.