Mission and Student Outcomes

The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs is to provide the highest quality education, training, scholarship and service in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. We train ethical professionals to foster the well-being of individuals, children, couples, families, organizations, and communities primarily through improving relationships. Our MFT programs specifically focus on the understanding and respect for the diversity of human relationships across different populations from a variety of multicultural, socioeconomic, international backgrounds.  Students are inspired to respect multiple dimensions of human diversity, develop a mature personal and professional identity, stay current with professional knowledge and practice, and make a positive difference for clients and society.

MFT Program Outcomes

The Marriage and Family Therapy program outcomes flow directly from the four pillars of the university: Practice, Diversity, Community, and Scholarship:

  1. Practice: The program graduates students who are able to deliver Couple and Family Therapy professional services competently.
  2. Diversity: The program graduates diverse students prepared to meet the needs of diverse communities.
  3. Community: The program engages various communities through the application of the knowledge and skills of Couple and Family Therapy.
  4. Scholarship: The program contributes to both the understanding and creation of couple and family therapy scholarship.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Practice Foundational Knowledge and Skills: Master’s and doctoral students comprehend and demonstrate Marriage and Family Therapy conceptual, perceptual, executive, evaluative, professional, and theoretical skills.
  2. Diversity Knowledge and Skills: Master’s and doctoral students comprehend and demonstrate knowledge of human diversity with a multicultural and international emphasis.
  3. Community Knowledge and Skills: Master’s and doctoral students comprehend and demonstrate knowledge of how to engage community behavioral health care systems.
  4. Scholarship Foundation Knowledge and Skills: Master’s and doctoral students demonstrate a basic knowledge of Couple and Family Therapy research methodologies and scholarship.
  5. Practice Supervision Knowledge and Skills: Doctoral students comprehend models and methods of Marriage and Family Therapy supervision.
  6. Practice Specific Knowledge and Skill:  Doctoral students articulate and demonstrate the application of a personal Marriage and Family Therapy model of therapy.
  7. Scholarship Application Knowledge and Skills: Doctoral students demonstrate the ability to understand and apply Marriage and Family Therapy research methods.