College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Goals and Objectives

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The overarching goal of the M.S. Degree Program is to provide high quality instruction and training representing the breadth and depth of knowledge in the field given available resources. The counseling process courses are competency based, and these counseling competencies are demonstrated and observed through videotaping and live observation. Students are required to pass specified competencies to advance in their coursework. Further, all counseling training and supervision, with the exception of traineeships, are conducted on campus in our existing, albeit inadequate, training facility in AJH 116. One-way mirror family therapy training and supervision is offered as an advanced practicum. Finally, a variety of paid traineeships are available which allows students to begin collecting the 3000 hours of supervised training required for MFT licensure.

The following is a list of the specific program goals:

  • To maintain and/or develop course instruction that fulfills the education licensure requirements set forth by the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, which governs MFT licensure.
  • To provide the highest quality of instruction possible that represents the breadth of knowledge available in the MFT field.
  • To provide viable training that takes into account the diversity of populations from which students are recruited and within which our graduates will eventually provide services.
  • To encourage faculty and student research activities, basic and applied, to foster scholarship relevant to the professions of marriage and family therapists.
  • To provide training that reflects contemporary education and supervision advances supported in the professional literature.
  • To encourage the development of a counseling clinic to provide a combined training and research facility for our M.S. students, a service to the community, and an arena for exploration and experimentation.