Psychology Department

MS in Marriage and Family Therapy

Informational Seminar

Interested in learning more about the MFT program?

Dr. Matt Withers will be hosting an informational seminar about the program on Thursday, February 3rd, from 4:30PM – 6:00PM on Zoom. Please email psy@csuchico.edu if you are interested in attending. This seminar will cover all of the basic information about the program including:

  1. Admission Requirements and Pre-requisite Courses
  2. MFT Curriculum and Program Plan of Study including course schedules
  3. MFT licensure requirements
  4. And more…

Are you thinking of applying to the MFT program?

We have prepared a separate page with complete application instructions(opens in new window).

The Master of Science Degree in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy

This three-year program provides an integrated course of study that meets the educational requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license as specified in California State law (SB-33; Section 4980.36). The 60-unit program is designed to train competent professional counselors to work in mental health agencies and private practice settings. The counseling curriculum is competency based with laboratory practice beginning in the introductory course in counseling. Skill acquisition is emphasized by a strong core of introductory laboratory courses and on-campus practica in our Counselor Training Center (CTC), culminating in an off-campus traineeship at a local agency. Theoretical background and training are provided in a variety of counseling approaches including family systems, postmodern, cognitive behavioral, multiculturally sensitive, and integrative models of counseling. Program objectives include:

  1. encouraging students to develop the personal qualities of an effective therapist;
  2. preparing students to work effectively in public mental health settings with diverse client populations;
  3. teaching students to work within a wellness, recovery, and resiliency framework;
  4. teaching students case management and case documentation skills, including the appropriate use of the DSM-IV-TR in assessing individual symptom patterns;
  5. training students to conceptualize child, marriage, family, and community problems within a systemic framework;
  6. training students in a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches for enhancing individual, couple, family, and community relationships; and
  7. preparing students in research methods to enable them to conduct research and evaluate the research of others.
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