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Accelerated Full-Time ~ Weekend Option

Offered at the Montgomery Campus in Plymouth Meeting
Beginning Fall 2013

Marriage and Family Therapy Program

What is the Accelerated Full-TimeWeekend Option?
The Accelerated Full-Time—Weekend Option is a 60-credit hour degree program that is designed so students are able to complete the program in two years. This is a full-time program with each course being offered two consecutive weekends each month. The schedule is Friday night 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  
This accelerated program is intensive, with the first year being dedicated to coursework and the second year dedicated to final clinical courses and the clinical field work. In the classroom, students gain a sound knowledge of the theories of counseling and marriage and family therapy and receive excellent clinical skills training. During the field placement (i.e., Practicum and Internship), which is completed in mental health facilities, students receive direct client experience and clinical supervision that prepares them to become effective and competent professional counselors or marriage and family therapists.  

How do the courses progress?
In first two semesters, Fall and Spring, four courses are scheduled; in the third and fourth semesters, Summer and Fall, three courses are scheduled; in the fifth and sixth semesters, Spring and Summer, two courses are scheduled. Included in the course of study are a Practicum and Internship for the PCC students and an Internship for the MFT students. While enrolled in the Practicum or Internship, students are required to attend a professional seminar course every-other week.

Why choose this Option?
The Accelerated Full-Time Weekend Option is excellent for the working professional who would like to complete the program in two years. The manner in which the courses are offered allows for consolidated learning. It provides the student with a concentrated learning experience, which enhances the entire process.

What does each degree entail?
The MFT degree prepares students to address a wide array of relationship issues by using a systems approach. MFTs also evaluate and treat mental and emotional disorders and other health and behavioral problems. The curriculum emphasizes a conceptualization of a systems and relational approach to offering treatment for individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents. The program prepares students for licensed employment in a variety of clinical settings including private practice.

Students in both programs are encouraged to examine the complex interplay of all forces (scientific, interpersonal, and spiritual) that coexist within and exert influence on an individual, families, and relationships. The goal is to prepare marriage and family therapists and professional counselors 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 families, evaluate and treat mental and emotional disorders, and address a wide array of relationship issues that will best meet the needs of clients within the context of that individual or the family system.

The program is built on current trends that are informed by research, indicating the value of evidence-based treatment and utilizing a strength-based approach in counseling and family therapy to the impact a family has on a person's psychological functioning. Our programs' training aims to focus on what is effective in both helping people with the entire range of mental health issues and improving their interpersonal relationships. 

La Salle University's faculty are committed to teaching and clinical excellence, with each bringing a mix of academic preparation and professional experience to the classroom

Programs offered at:

Francis Berna, OFM, Ph.D.

Donna A. Tonrey, Psy.D., LMFT, LPC

Counseling and Family Therapy
Master's Programs
Office: Wister Hall, Room 208
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1767
Fax: 215.991.3585

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