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LMFT COURSEWORK DESCRIPTIONS

GRADUATE DEGREES FROM UNACCREDITED UNIVERSITIES WILL NOT MEET EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE.  

 
Human Develop & Family Studies
Stresses the complex developmental relationships among individuals in the family. Individually oriented content adapted to a systems paradigm. Stress on the life-cycle of the family and its modifications over time (first child, adolescent sexual development, leaving home, etc.)
(6 quarter or 4 semester credits)


Marital and Family Theoretical Foundations
Includes the historical development of systems theory. Human issues are considered from the systems paradigm, including both theoretical literature and practical treatment issues.
(3 quarter or 2 semester credits)

Marital and Family Therapy Diagnosis and Assessment, Treatment, Principles and Techniques
Includes a comprehensive curvey of the major models of system change and the principles and techniques evolving from each model. Applied aspects of therapy practice (range of techniques, indications and contraindications for techniques, intervention rationales, the role of the therapist, etc).

 

Diagnosis and treatment within the context of marital and family systems of both dysfunctional relationship patterns and nervous and mental disorders; cognitive, affective, and behavioral. Use of appropriate major mental health assessment instruments within a systemic context. Treatment processes for loss, intense stress, suicide, incest, violence, sexual dysfunctions, divorce and remarriage. Diagnosis training is mandatory. 
(12 quarter or 8 semester credits)

Professional Studies
Development of a professional attitude and identity. Studies of professional socialization and the role of professional organizations; licensure; legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical practice and research; family law; confidentiality issues, code of ethics, etc.
(3 quarter or 2 semester credits)

Research Methods or Statistics
Research methodology and data analysis, computer research skills, critical evaluation of professional research reports, with emphasis on research relevant to marital and family therapy.
(3 quarter or 2 semester credits)

Clinical/Applied Experience
Practicum/internship. 600 clock hours.  Direct client contact hours, supervision, staff meetings, community relations, record keeping, supervised in-house practica and off-campus site placement. Focus on relationship issues, couples, and families.


Supporting Coursework for Specialty Areas focusing on systems 
(16 semester or 24 quarter credits)