Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)
In response to requests to provide additional competencies in the area of marriage and family counseling and in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Composite Licensing Board of the State of Georgia for Licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy, a graduate certificate program in marriage and family therapy/counseling is offered by Columbus State University.
The graduate certificate in marriage and family therapy will provide students documentation of having completed a program of instruction in marriage and family therapy at the graduate level. Completion of the certificate program will enable graduates to integrate academic knowledge of marriage and family therapy into their own disciplinary field and/or work situation. The certificate program will be multidisciplinary and will allow graduates to accumulate specific academic knowledge that can be applied to a wide- ranging client base throughout helping professions. The nature of the certificate is a response to the need for specialized counseling approaches within the helping field leading to state licensure. Students having previously graduated from a graduate-level institution, completed a degree in a counseling or counseling-related field, may benefit from a marriage and family therapy certificate and gain an 'edge' in the very competitive labor market.
The Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors have recommended coursework in MFT theory and MFT "studies" that is consistent with the state licensing requirements. The current state licensing requirements (including a MFT-related Masters degree) are four courses, a fifth course in MFT ethics (beginning July, 2000) and a internship in MFT.
A supervised internship consists of the established practicum/ internship requirements for counseling students (6 semester hours that includes 600 hours of professional service) now established in the degree program in counseling. In addition, the site supervisor in this case should meet the requirements for an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists Approved Supervisor or substantial equivalent.
Curriculum Recommendations for the Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Columbus State University. Based on the current course offerings, the following curriculum is proposed for the Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Columbus State University:
Students will be expected to successfully complete eighteen semester hours in order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Columbus State University; twelve of those semester hours will be in required course work. Students should choose two MFT application courses and two MFT studies. Additional coursework is recommended, but not required. The list of MFT courses are as follows:
Required Courses (12 hours):
MFT Application Courses
COUN 7185. Family Psychopathology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: COUN 6115 or equivalent course work. Normal family processes and the development of dysfunction and psychopathology in marriage and the family.
COUN 7215. Family Therapy Process and Practice (2-2-3) Prerequisite: Consent of department chair. Theories of family dynamics and methods of family psychotherapy. Emphasis on the systems approach.
COUN 7275. Advanced Techniques in Marriage and Family Therapy (2-2-3) Prerequisite: COUN 7215. Emphasizes application of approaches and techniques learned in Family Therapy Process and Practice.
COUN 7285. Marriage and Family Assessment (2-2-3) Prerequisite: COUN 7215. Prepares students in marriage and family interviewing genograms, projective techniques for families, other assessment techniques, and evaluation procedures.
COUN 7286. Marriage Systems Theory and Therapy (2-2-3) Prerequisites: COUN 7215 and COUN 7275. Acquaints the student with theories specific to the marital relationship and executive subsystem of families, historic perspective, lifestyles, and lifespan issues.
CSU is not currently offering internships in MFT in the MFT Certificate program. Students are urged to review all requirements for licensure available at: https://sos.ga.gov.
Marriage and Family Therapy Program of Study
Students must complete COUN 7215. Family Therapy Process and Practice as the first course in the sequence. One other MFT course can be taken concurrently with COUN 7215.
Development of Courses to be Offered for the Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Columbus State University.
All courses are currently offered in the Department of Counseling, Foundations & Leadership.
For more information and an application, please contact Dr. Michael L. Baltimore.