Mission Statement and Educational Outcomes
In keeping with the Lasallian tradition, the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy strives to prepare professionals with the abilities and competencies requisite for the practice of marriage and family therapy. The curriculum emphasizes a conceptualization of the role of an individual in primary relationships, such as couple, marriage and the family. Students are provided with course work and clinical experiences that encourage them to examine the complex interplay of all forces (scientific, interpersonal, and spiritual) which coexist within and exert influence on an individual and on a family system. The goal is to prepare marriage and family therapists who will competently develop and implement comprehensive interventions; acquire a holistic perspective to health care; understand the complexity of addressing the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families; evaluate and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders; and address a wide array of relationship issues that will best meet the needs of clients within the context of a relationship system.
The Educational Outcomes are based on effective teaching and preparation, conceptualization of clinical skills, diversity, professionalism, ethics, and the principles of the AAMFT Core Competencies, Code of Ethics, AMFTRB Domains, and the Pennsylvania laws for licensing Marriage and Family Therapists.
- Graduate students with 60 credit hours of appropriate coursework typically completed within four years;
- Prepare students with appropriate knowledge for employment utilizing marriage and family therapy and systems skills in the mental health field;
- Work satisfactorily with diverse populations in therapeutic settings;
- Develop clinical competencies linked to research, ethics, and cultural sensitivity in order to effectively practice as Marriage and Family Therapy professionals;
- Meet the educational requirements for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware and most other states.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Marriage and Family Therapy students will use an ethical approach with developmental and cultural sensitivity.
- Marriage and Family Therapy students will use MFT/systems theories to guide case conceptualization, treatment planning, & clinical practice.
- Marriage and Family Therapy students will utilize appropriate systemic techniques and interventions to maintain collaborative relationships with clients.
- Marriage and Family Therapy students will demonstrate the ability to assess and diagnose in their clinical practice.
- Marriage and Family Therapy students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate research relevant to their clinical practice.
- Marriage and Family Therapy students will develop professional identities as MFTs.
- Marriage and Family Therapy students will demonstrate an understanding of oneself and professional maturity in their approach to responsibilities.
- Faculty will demonstrate sensitivity for diversity within the coursework.
- Faculty will incorporate clinical experience, MFT literature and research in their teaching.
- Faculty will incorporate AAMFT Core Competencies and Ethical practice in their teaching.
- PCMF Faculty will participate in professional development in the MFT field or field related to MFT.
- PCMF Faculty will participate in scholarly activities within the MFT program, department, university and community.