The Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy is a 63 credit hour nationally accredited (CACREP) program. The purpose of this extensive training is to prepare graduates to be able to deal effectively with the variety of issues and family constellations that will present them. Toward that end, students will receive in-depth training in conceptualization skills as well as in the theoretical and practical application of systems theory. Aside from formal clinical coursework, graduate students will have the opportunity to see clients at the Student and Community Counseling Center.
The MA specialization in Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy (CFC/T) at the University of Colorado Denver prepares students for careers as couple and family therapists who treat mental and emotional disorders, while promoting optimum relational health through a systemic, holistic approach. The focus of this specialization is systemic and relational, with a commitment to fostering an open culture of social, relational and cross–cultural contexts of learning that are essential for effective therapist training. The MCFC/T specialization prepares counselors and relational therapists who value inclusion and prize diversity such that they are prepared to offer a continuum of mental health services across a variety of settings for the benefit of the community and society.
The Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy Program meets the COAMFTE 12.0 Accreditation Standards’ Foundational Curriculum Areas (FCAs)
Overall Program Goals
The Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy faculty are committed to the following program goals:
- Program will exhibit commitment to diversity and cultural responsiveness.
- Program educates students in a systemic paradigm and emphasizes the use of a systemic framework in their clinical practice.
- Program is committed to educating students on research.
- Program is committed to developing ethical practitioners.
- Program demonstrates commitment to graduate success.
Student Learning Outcomes
The following are the corresponding student learning outcomes for the Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy program:
- Students will demonstrate clinical competency in working in diverse settings and with diverse client populations.
- Students will successfully pass the multicultural curriculum
- Students will demonstrate their knowledge of a systemic framework in a case application paper
- Students will apply a systemic framework in their clinical practice
- Students will develop a research proposal
- Students will learn to critically analyze common assessments in the field
- Students will show a commitment to professional ethical behavior in their clinical practice
- Students will complete program in a timely manner
- Graduates will be gainfully employed in the field
- Graduates will pass the National Marital and Family Therapy Exam
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