M.S. - Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy Option
The Master’s of Science in Counseling Program with the Marriage and Family Therapy Option is designed to promote social justice and democracy by preparing knowledgeable and competent professional Marriage and Family Therapists.
The MFT Program is committed to training Marriage and Family Therapists for clinical work in a variety of settings. The program is offered annually at the Hayward Campus.
We support the advancement of social justice, democracy, and professional excellence. This philosophy is utilized in preparing knowledgeable and competent professional Marriage and Family Therapists who engage in counseling, consultation and other psychological practices from a relational perspective. The MFT profession in California provides many opportunities to become leaders in the field and to help shape the profession.
Program and Course Structure
The M.S. in Counseling with the MFT Option is a full-time, two-year program. Courses are offered in a defined cohort sequence during fall, winter, and spring terms, during the day, evening, and on some weekends.
A "cohort" is a group of professionals who enter, move through, and graduate from the program in the same group, at the same time. Cohorts foster learning communities where students and marriage and family therapist trainees support each other.
Faculty members in the Department of Educational Psychology have expertise in a wide range of marriage and family therapy theories, research and practice including: strength-based interventions, social-emotional and cognitive behavioral intervention and assessment, postmodern approaches, multi-cultural counseling, group therapy, couples therapy, brief therapy, child therapy, and consultation.
Clinical Work and Fieldwork
Marriage and Family Therapists trainees are prepared for clinical work with people who are struggling with both normal life problems and more severe pathologies. We orient trainees to promote resilience and practice strength-based interventions. Coursework training, combined with actual practice in fieldwork and clinical placement sites, prepares Marriage and Family Therapist trainees to work from a relational perspective.
Marriage and Family Therapist trainees begin working in their placement sites during their second year of training. Fieldwork Placement sites are available through out the Bay area. Students complete their fieldwork training while completing course-related assignments.
WASC, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)