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The heart of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program is the careful blending of the theory and practice of marital and family therapy. The program's courses include:
MFT 562-563 - Marriage & Family Therapy Practicum I & II in Beginning Case Management and Clinical Skill Development
The student is expected to see individuals in therapy, conduct supervised visits, lead anger management groups, and act as a co-therapist in couples and family therapy at the department's Marital and Family Therapy Clinic. In addition, the student may begin an outside placement for a limited number of hours. A supervision group at the university affords the student the opportunity to watch live therapy from behind the viewing mirror and to be a part of the group supervision of these cases. Prerequisites: MFT 597 and departmental permission. Scheduled spring and summer semesters. 3 credits.
MFT 587 - Family Therapy Outcome Research
Survey of research methods particular to family therapy. Highlights ﬁndings from family therapy outcome research. Students will be expected to participate in a class research project and to complete a single case experiment. Prerequisite: departmental permission. Scheduled spring semesters. 3 credits.
MFT 588 - Family Assessment
An extensive study of the assessment of family systems from a systemic perspective with introductions to other models of assessment. Prerequisites: MFT 597, 598 and departmental permission. 3 credits.
MFT 597 - Family of Origin
An intensive study of each student’s trans-generational family of origin. Patterns and themes are studied as systemic links between past and present interactional processes. Prerequisite: departmental permission. Scheduled fall semester. 3 credits.
MFT 598 - Family Systems Theory I
History and overview of general systems theory, followed by an exploration of various systematic approaches to family therapy. Scheduled fall semester. 3 credits.
MFT 610 - Marital Systems and Couples Therapy
This course is designed to present couples therapy from a multi-systemic view with particular emphasis on practical application and skill acquisition. Current research including client perceptions of ‘what works’, study and demonstrations of therapy, and case study will make up the matrix of study. Prerequisites: MFT 597, MFT 598.
MFT 620 - Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy
This course explores ideas and experiences and is designed to prepare the student to function as a professional therapist. Knowledge of and the ability to deal with major issues of the profession is one aspect of this. Legal and ethical knowledge and conduct are other hallmarks of a true professional. We will consider these topics in general and in the context of Connecticut state law. Scheduled fall semesters. 3 credits.
MFT 658 - Topics in Family Studies
An overview of major current topics such as eating disorders, violence, incest, and grief and loss, including treatment interventions in each instance. Prerequisite: departmental permission. Scheduled spring semesters. 3 credits.
MFT 662-663-664 - MFT Internship in Intermediate and Advanced Case Management and Clinical Skill Development, I, II, and III
Students work with couples and families both in an agency setting and at the Family
Therapy Clinic while attending weekly supervision seminars. A total of 500 hours must
be completed with a minimum of 300 of these hours being with couples and families
present in the treatment room. Fifty of these hours must be accrued at the Family
Therapy Clinic under direct, live supervision. Students receive individual and
group supervision with a minimum of 50 hours of direct, live supervision. Prerequisite: MFT 562, MFT 563 and departmental permission. Scheduled fall, spring, and summer
semesters. 3 credits each.
MFT 668 - Family Systems Theory II
An advanced course focusing on an investigation of speciﬁc brief evidence based and post-modern theories and methods. Content and practice includes brief therapies, the reﬂecting team, the use of strategic assignments, solution focused therapy and in-home therapy. Prerequisite: departmental permission. Scheduled spring semester. 3 credits.
MFT 672: Understanding the Treatment of Substance Addictions in Couples and Families Family Systems view of the development and maintenance of substance abusing patterns and addiction. This course will focus on theories and treatment practices from the systemic, postmodern and evidence-based approaches to couples and family therapy.
MFT 673: Treatment Issues in MFT: Integrating Spirituality & Religion Applications of systems approach to treatment of families in crisis and transition. Consideration of the role of spirituality and religion in understanding family dynamics, developing solutions to problems, and building on strengths and resilience.
MFT 505 - Gestalt Therapy - Introduction
Participants are introduced to Gestalt methodology and techniques. Prerequisite: departmental permission. 3 credits.
MFT 506 - Gestalt Therapy - Intermediate
This course is a continuation of the Gestalt Therapy theory, dialogical processes, and therapist's use of self as an instrument of change will be developed. 3 credits.
SWK 552 - Psychopathology
Identify and understand etiology, symptoms and course of psychiatric disorders. Impact of bio-psychosocial variables, genetic factors, and human diversity on onset and course of psychopathology will be studied. Prerequisites: Matriculated Social Work students only, SWK 550, SWK 521. Scheduled fall, spring and summer semesters. 3 credits.
MFT 517 - Gestalt Therapy - Advanced
Theoretical basis for Gestalt approaches, including the functions of the Gestalt therapist, contact disturbances, field theory, and the rationale for specific Gestalt approaches in therapy will be discussed and observed in group experiences. 3 credits.
MFT 605 - Internship I Gestalt Students enrolled in this internship must be involved with counseling individuals. Weekly supervision seminars are required. Prerequisite: MFT 602 and department permission. 3 credits.
MFT 600 - Independent Study in Marriage and Family Therapy
Identification and investigation of a problem relevant to the field of marriage and family therapy; preparation and presentation of a scholarly document summarizing the study or research. Prerequisite: department permission. 3 credits.