Statistical & Methodological Training is a core component of the curriculum. Required coursework includes qualitative methods, clinical research methods, and advanced quantitative methods. Students can further their statistical and methodological knowledge by taking a variety of elective courses including program evaluation, mixed methods, measurement design, and HLM, among others.
Research Teams are a semester-long opportunity for students to work closely with faculty to gain hands-on research experience. Through the research teams, students may participate in study conceptualization, data collection, and/or data analysis. Students may also gain valuable experience with grant writing and professional presentations and publications. Over the course of their training, students participate in four research teams.
We value advanced clinical training and are highly invested in our students’ continued growth and development as marriage and family therapists. Advanced clinical training also supports our graduates’ ability to become effective supervisors who train the next generation of marriage and family therapists.
Students see clients at our on-campus training clinic, the Family Therapy Center, from spring of their first year through fall of their third year. The MFT core faculty provide individual and group supervision during practicum, and all are AAMFT Approved Supervisors or AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidates. Opportunities for live and video supervision are enhanced by a state-of-the-art digital video recording system. Most students gain over 200 hours of clinical contact through their clinical work at the Family Therapy Center. A total of 1000 (400 relational) direct client contact hours and 200 hours of supervision are required for graduation. For more information about the program’s clinical requirements, see the MFT Program Handbook.
During their third year, students take a course in supervision of marriage and family therapy. The course meets the pedagogical requirement for the AAMFT Approved Supervision designation. Students in the supervision course provide supervision to other Family Therapy Center therapists and receive individual and group supervision mentoring from AAMFT Approved Supervisors.
As part of their training, students can gain independent collegiate teaching experience. Students teach online or classroom-based undergraduate courses in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Given the Department’s focus on excellence in instruction, students holding teaching appointments participate in a seminar that provides intensive training in course design, assessment/grading, classroom management, and effective instruction.
Advanced Practical Experience
During their fourth year in the program, students complete a full-time, 9-month advanced practical experience, which is similar to an internship. Through the Advanced Practical Experience, students can pursue opportunities for advanced training and experience in research, teaching, supervision, clinical practice, grant writing, and policy development, among others topics. Students work closely with their advisors to develop a plan for the advanced practical experience that is tailored to their career goals. For more information about the Advanced Practical Experience, please see the MFT Program Handbook.
Previous students have held Advanced Practical Experience placements at prestigious medical centers, universities, and mental health agencies including Houston Galveston Institute, Chicago Center for Family Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Indiana University School of Medicine, Mercer University, University of Nebraska Medical Center, New River Valley Community Services, Palo Alto Mental Research Institute, University of Oregon, and a number of other community mental health agencies.