Marital and Family Therapy (MFTH)


MFTH 501. Fundamentals of Supervision in Marital and Family Therapy. 3 Units.

Research and theory regarding the supervision of marriage and family therapy trainees and interns. Can be used toward the requirements for certification as an AAMFT-approved supervisor.

MFTH 502. Advanced Supervision in Marital and Family Therapy. 1 Unit.

Mentoring of supervision of MFT trainees and interns in a clinical setting. Hours earned apply toward certification as an AAMFT-approved supervisor. Must complete 30 hours of supervision and 5 hours of supervision mentoring.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: MFTH 501.

MFTH 504. Advanced Theory in Marital and Family Therapy. 4 Units.

Provides a metaperspective for analysis and development of systemic-relational theories guiding marital and family therapy practice. Conceptualization and deconstruction of philosophical, religious, political, sociological, and ecosystemic notions. Preparation to critique and develop MFT theory with an emphasis on ethical and social-contextual aspects of case conceptualization and implications for recovery-based practice.

MFTH 505. Advanced Family Studies. 4 Units.

A critical survey of the research and theory growing out of the fields of human development and family studies. Provides students with a background on the social and historical factors that form the context in which families are defined and function. Students apply course material to the practice of family life education and family therapy.

MFTH 506. Foundations of Systems Thinking: Theory and Neuroscience. 3 Units.

Connects philosophical underpinnings of foundational systemic and relational theories to current social neuroscience research with implications and applications for relational practice. Examines the theory and neuroscience of interplay among biological systems, social processes, relational dynamics and behavior; with a particular emphasis on recursive epistemology, the construction of relational experiences, emotions, attachment, and trauma.

MFTH 507. Clinical 2—Social Constructionism and Postmodern Practices in MFT. 3 Units.

Applies postmodern theories and clinical applications to family therapy. Focuses on social constructionist thinking and solution-focused therapy that reflects a paradigm shift from a problem-centered approach to one of resilience. Facilitates personal empowerment in the face of societal inequities and pathologizing discourses. Includes the collaborative language systems approach.
Prerequisite: Admission to a CFS doctoral program or MFAM 564.

MFTH 508. Clinical 3—Larger and Multiple Systems in MFT Practice. 3 Units.

Examines a multisystemic framework that includes biological, interpersonal, family, community, school, and organizational systems. Emphasizes the influence of contextual issues—such as gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and ethnicity—on emotion, behavior, and relationship patterns related to mental health and family issues in couples and family therapy practice.

MFTH 509. Clinical Issues. 3 Units.

Special topics related to systems/relational practice in marital and family therapy.

MFTH 519. Teaching in Higher Education. 2 Units.

Discusses theory, techniques, and processes in the teaching of MFT, including an examination of didactic and experiential techniques.

MFTH 520. Practicum in Teaching. 3 Units.

Provides the bridge between state-of-the-art pedagogical skills and the practical application of those skills in teaching in the classroom and other community settings. With a focus on teaching, students engage in curriculum planning, testing, course delivery in family science, and developlment of teaching and self-evaluation skills toward continuous quality improvement in the art and science of teaching.

MFTH 521. E-Learning: Construction and Design. 2 Units.

Responding to movement of universities toward technology-based instruction, prepares doctoral students to design and construct online and distance education curricula. Emphasizes utilization of Blackboard and Desire2Learn applications. Students create online course modules for undergraduate or master's-level instruction in a family or counseling-related field of study. MFTH 519 recommended.
Prerequisite: Prior teaching or teaching assistance experience.

MFTH 522. E-Learning: Delivery and Management. 2 Units.

Emphasizes mastery of online course development and delivery of virtual class communities in higher education. Presents cutting-edge online course instruction; including, Website maintenance, student communications, and grading.

MFTH 524. Marital and Family Therapy Administration: Organizational Structure, Process and Behavior. 3 Units.

Helps students understand how organizations operate and the effect of different contingency factors on the choices managers make. Covers essential theories and concepts for managing in the twenty-first century. Treats behavioral processes with reference to organizational structure and design. Employs larger-systems theory to assist in the development of effective leadership skills.

MFTH 525. Advanced Marital and Family Therapy Assessment and Testing. 3 Units.

Examines testing, diagnosis, and assessment in the practice of marital and family therapy. Emphasizes development of a comprehensive assessment model that integrates traditional models of mental health assessment with cybernetic, developmental, and interactional perspectives. Case material spans individual, couple, and family assessments in clinical and research settings. Students administer instruments and integrate findings into an overall systemic framework.

MFTH 526. Advanced Marital and Family Therapy and Organizational Assessment. 4 Units.

Prepares marriage and family therapy doctoral degree students with skills and knowledge to become competent with methods of relational assessment in clinical and research settings. Emphasizes understanding, evaluation, and utilization of both individual and family-based assessments in organizational settings. Students assess the strengths and weakness of instruments in order to determine the best fit for a program, clinical topic, or research project.

MFTH 528. Organizations: Structure, Process, and Behavior. 3 Units.

Helps students understand how organizations operate and how different contingency factors can affect the choices managers make. Covers essential theories and concepts for managing in the twenty-first century. Treats behavioral processes with reference to organizational structure and design. Larger-systems theory and leadership skills.

MFTH 534. Family Therapy and Medicine. 3 Units.

Examines the interface of medical practice and family therapy in common medical family therapy settings. Explores the culture of medicine, including usual medical practices and procedures. Outlines adaptations of the medical model used by family therapists. Offers models for collaboration of medical family therapists with medical practitioners. Addresses behavioral health intervention strategies for families with health and wellness issues.

MFTH 539. Health and Illness in Families. 4 Units.

Examines the biopsychosocial-spiritual aspects of illness and their impact on individuals, couples, and family systems across the lifespan. Students locate, interpret, and critique the scholarly literature used to study illness as it pertains to families. Highlights major issues, trends, theories, and models in health care; and their implications.

MFTH 540. Medical Family Therapy. 3 Units.

Provides an overview of medical family therapy and the theoretical models that can be applied to clinical work within medical settings. Addresses contextual issues that impact health of patients and family members. Includes personal and professional aspects of providing ethical, holistic, and collaborative clinical care in medical settings.

MFTH 541. Medical Family Therapy Seminar 1. 1 Unit.

In a workshop format incorporating presentation and discussion with faculty and peers, students develop their expertise in researching specific issues relevant to their practice. Focuses on evidence-based interventions and relevant psychotropic medications.
Prerequisite or Concurrent: MFTH 540.

MFTH 542. Medical Family Therapy Seminar 2. 1 Unit.

In a workshop format that incorporates presentation and discussion with faculty and peers, students develop their understanding of the impact of spiritual practices on health, illness, grief, and loss. Focuses on culturally sensitive interventions.

MFTH 543. Medical Family Therapy Seminar 3. 1 Unit.

In a workshop format that incorporates presentation and discussion with faculty and peers, students enhance their professional development. Students learn to market their services to physicians and those in the health-care field, to network professionally, and to prepare for a job search.

MFTH 545. Research and Practice with Couples and Families. 3 Units.

A scholarly and critical review of the literature in family social science, with application of this literature to the practice of family life education and/or marital and family therapy. Students interact with the material to critically challenge historical approaches and develop new insights and understandings that would shape present and future practice of interventionists that work with families.

MFTH 546. Advances in Family Sciences. 3 Units.

Focuses on current issues, trends, and approaches in the field of family social science; and interacts with newer advances in the field resulting from changes in practice, sociocultural, political, and technological arenas. Presents professional practice as an evolving process for practitioners in the twenty-first century.

MFTH 555. Organizational Development and Change. 3 Units.

Helps students understand the application of behavioral and family science knowledge to improve organization performance and organization functioning. Discusses the process of planned change and the change process. Includes interpersonal and group processes such as T-groups, process consultations, and team building. Addresses conflict resolutions, organizational lifespan, leadership skills, and critical-incident stress debriefing.

MFTH 556. Management Consulting and Professional Relations. 3 Units.

Capstone course for the system consultation and professional relations concentration in the doctoral programs in the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences. Students integrate theories, knowledge, and skills from MFTH 528, 555, and 557. Assists students to apply expertise in organizational assessment, behavior, and change to practical and real life.

MFTH 557. Organizational Assessment. 3 Units.

How to make an assessment of an organizational system. Addresses data collection and analysis, outcome evaluation, and how to present assessment in a systemic manner.

MFTH 564. Social Context of Health. 3 Units.

Explores ways inequalities in health and illness are patterned by social context. Provides an overview of the mental and physical health-care system in the United States. Focuses on social contextual and structural factors that affect individual and family health and resilience which give rise to disparities in access and treatment within the health-care system.

MFTH 601. Statistics I. 4 Units.

First in a series of three statistics courses. Focuses on basic, foundational behavioral statistics. Includes causality, levels of statistical measurement, frequencies distribution, measures of central tendency, dispersion, probability theory, normal distribution, and ANOVA.

MFTH 602. Statistics II. 4 Units.

Second in a series of three statistics courses. Focus on multivariate techniques. Includes ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA, MANCOVA, formulation and computation of multiple regression models using scalar and matrix algebra, multivariate analysis of variance, regression diagnostics and solutions, regression with categorical dependent variables.

MFTH 603. Statistics III. 4 Units.

Third in a series of three statistics courses. Includes nonlinear regression models, logistic regression, discriminant analysis, path analysis, factor analysis, and structural modeling; and, social network analysis and multilevel modeling.
Prerequisite: MFTH 602.

MFTH 604. Advanced Qualitative Methods. 4 Units.

Preparation to conduct and evaluate qualitative research in marital and family therapy and family studies. Introduction to a social constructionist critique of research which includes considering questions such as the researcher's role and relationship to the research process, objectivity, reflexivity, credibility, and the construction of knowledge. Examination of qualitative methodologies including grounded theory.

MFTH 605. Advanced Quantitative Methods. 4 Units.

Focuses on survey research design and data analysis. Includes research idea development, relational hypotheses formation, survey planning and management, questionnaire and item design, sampling, systemic clinical data measurement, logic of analysis, and problems of statistical interpretation and threats to internal and external validity.

MFTH 606. Issues in MFT Research. 4 Units.

Addresses current issues in marriage and family therapy (MFT) research as a basis for on-going inquiry and program development in the field. Emphasizes research history, trends in the field, and evidence-based approaches to recovery. Focuses on the process of designing, implementing, and disseminating research to support the field of MFT.

MFTH 607. Scholarly Skills. 1 Unit.

Orientation to bibliographic search engines and databases for writing critical literature reviews. Emphasizes search terms, development of a bibliographic database, and organization of a scholarly review.

MFTH 608. Analysis and Presentation Issues in Research. 3 Units.

Third of three research courses. Identifies issues such as specifying research questions/problems, using relevant literature, selecting and using appropriate analytical tools, summarizing empirical results, and presenting results for proposals in a variety of settings. Focuses on quantitative approaches, meta-analyses, and mixed methods approaches.

MFTH 624. Program Development for Families and Communities. 3 Units.

Examines core components of systemic/relational programs designed to address mental health problems within the context of families and larger systems. Explains the elements of systemic programming that address clinical treatment problems/populations, as well as prevention and intervention issues affecting schools, neighborhoods, and other communities. Using the systemic/relational paradigm of the field, students create programs reflecting their areas of interest.

MFTH 625. Grant Writing. 3 Units.

Study and practice in locating, developing, and responding to great grant opportunities of interest to marriage and family therapists and the mental health populations they serve. Students develop their own systemic/relational program, training, research, or dissertation grant ideas; locate potential funding sources; tailor applications and proposals to each funding source; and critique and refine proposals to meet professional and grantor standards.

MFTH 626. Program Evaluation and Monitoring. 3 Units.

Addresses formative and summative evaluations using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method designs. Emphasizes program evaluation and clinical outcomes, and collaboration with stakeholders to ensure evaluation reports meet intended purposes. Includes assessment of program need, theory and adherence, process and performance, outcomes, impact, and efficiency.

MFTH 627. Advanced Program Development and Evaluation. 2 Units.

Participants develop D.M.F.T. degree project proposals through intensive literature review, consultation with organization and community stakeholders, discussion with faculty and peers, and refinement resulting from feedback following formal presentations. The D.M.F.T. degree proposal is the expected outcome from this two-quarter class. For D.M.F.T. degree students only.
Prerequisite: MFTH 624, MFTH 625, MFTH 626.

MFTH 634. Practicum in Marital and Family Therapy. 3 Units.

A three-quarter practicum applying systems/relational therapy to relational distress and mental health symptoms. Emphasizes a positive, strengths-based approach to resilience. Section 1: addresses gender, culture, socioeconomic, and political aspects of practice. Section 2: focuses on student's mode of systemic conceptualization and how to work with in-session process. Section 3: emphasizes religious beliefs and spirituality, and moral and ethical imperatives in relationally-based practice.

MFTH 637. Special Projects in Health and Illness in Families. 1,3 Unit.

Independent study in which students who have taken MFTH 544 participate in research, program development or evaluation, or clinical activities related to the integration of relational health and wellness.
Prerequisite or concurrent: MFTH 544.

MFTH 668. Qualitative Research Practicum. 3 Units.

Gives students the opportunity to continue developing the skills needed to conduct and report the qualitative research begun in MFTH 604. Students expected to engage in a research project, with particular emphasis on analysis and manuscript preparation.

MFTH 694. Doctoral Seminar. 1 Unit.

Ph.D. degree students develop and refine their dissertation proposals in a workshop format through presentation and discussion with faculty and other students.

MFTH 695. Project Research. 1-12 Units.

Required research associated with the capstone project for the D.M.F.T. degree.

MFTH 697. Research. 1-6 Units.

Independent research relating to marital and family therapy or family studies under the direction of a faculty advisor.

MFTH 698. Dissertation Research. 1-10 Units.

Completes independent research contributing to the field of marital and family therapy.

MFTH 785. Professional Clinical Training in MFT. 1.5,3 Unit.

Supervised experience in the practice of marital and family therapy. Hours represent face-to-face direct client contact. May be repeated.

MFTH 785A. Begin Clinical Training in Couple, Marital, and Family Therapy. 0 Units.

Enables students to consult with clinical director to set up and begin supervised clinical practice in the field of couple, marital, and family therapy. Acceptance into a CFS doctoral program.

MFTH 785B. Clinical Training in Couple, Marital, and Family Therapy. 4 Units.

Provides direct client contact in the practice of couple, marital, and family therapy and documents completion of a minimum of 200 hours of direct client contact. Meets AAMFT-approved standards and applies toward 40 hours of clinical experience. May cover up to five quarters and be repeated five times.

MFTH 786. Professional Development Proposal. 0 Units.

Must be registered for at least one quarter prior to eligibility for 786A. The student's professional development plan must be formulated and approved by the faculty during this course.

MFTH 786A. Professional Development in Marital and Family Therapy. 1.5-12 Units.

Doctoral-level experience in marital and family therapy under the supervision of a senior-level family therapist/mentor. Must be arranged in advance in the department. A total of 36 units required for graduation.
Prerequisite: MFTH 786.

MFTH 786B. Professional Internship in Marital and Family Therapy—Clinical. 2,4 Units.

Supervised client contact (face-to-face hours only) in the practice of marital and family therapy.