Marriage & Family Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy
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Marriage & Family Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy is a distinct mental health discipline with its own body of theory, research, clinical techniques, and code of ethics. Marriage and Family Therapists diagnose and treat problems from a systemic perspective. They work with individuals, couples, families, and/or larger systems in a variety of contexts. Therapy focuses on interactional and relational processes and seeks to build on the client’s strengths and resources. Marriage and Family Therapists help families address and change relationships and patterns of communication so those families can find reasonable solutions to problems for themselves. There are many models of practice in Marriage and Family Therapy. Individual practitioners may vary greatly in their methods and techniques of clinical work.

Marriage and Family Therapists may be employed in a wide of variety of settings.  Graduates of this program are employed in outpatient and inpatient adolescent treatment programs, substance abuse counseling programs, community service agencies, adoption agencies, church sponsored counseling centers, state agencies such as Child Protective Services, court-affiliated programs, hospitals, employee assistance programs, public and private schools, and private practice.  Some graduates have developed careers in which they do not directly practice Marriage and Family Therapy but use the skills learned in this program in settings such as private business, personnel offices, and student affairs offices in institutions of higher learning.

Cost of Attendance & More

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COST & FINANCING

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What sets us apart?

A foundational systematic based curriculum

Our marriage and family therapy programs are systemically based, meaning that we focus on understanding problems and issues in the context of relationships, particularly family relationships.

COAMFTE accredited

ULM is one of only a few universities in the U.S. that offers a M.A. MFT program accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). The Clinical Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by the COAMFTE.

Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic

The ULM Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) Clinic is staffed by interns of the Marriage & Family Therapy program, under direct supervision by clinical faculty. The clinic’s goal is to provide clients the opportunity to learn, change, and develop through personal growth experiences. While clients work toward personal growth, the clinic strives to provide a therapeutic environment that will facilitate their exploration of new options.

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

The ULM Marriage and Family Therapy Master of Arts program is committed to a systemic orientation that fosters relational and contextual educational approaches in the field of marriage and family therapy. Our mission is to prepare clinicians whose competencies in systemic practice, clinical scholarship, and ethics will professionally serve a diverse society.  With a commitment to the classic foundations of family therapy and advancing the profession, we turn learning into relevant action for tomorrow’s practitioners.

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

The ULM Marriage and Family Therapy Doctor of Philosophy program is committed to a systemic orientation that fosters relational and contextual educational approaches in the field of marriage and family therapy.  Serving a diverse society, our mission is to promote competencies in systemic clinical practice, supervision, research, and scholarship. With a commitment to the classic foundations of family therapy and advancing the profession, we turn learning into relevant and ethical action for tomorrow’s innovators in research methods and systemic clinical scholarship.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance available

Graduate assistantships are available for students in the MA and on-site, clinical Ph.D. programs.  These positions are competitive and come with a tuition waiver and monthly stipend.  Please visit the Graduate Assistantships page for more information.  The financial aid office can assist students with other forms of financial assistance.  

Recent graduates from the ULM program have found employment in settings such as:

  • private practice
  • program directors at hospitals
  • directors of services at homes for children
  • therapists performing a variety of services with a wide range of problems in mental health

Graduates are also active in family life education and enrichment in a variety of contexts. Approximately 10-15% of the graduates from the ULM program have pursued doctorates in marriage and family therapy or related fields.

Here are a few of the top careers in this field:

  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Academicians
  • Behavioral Healthcare Administrators
  • Researchers
  • Supervisors
  • Senior Clinicians
  • Doctoral Degree

 

The COAMFTE (Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education) accredited Master's degree program in MFT is an intensive, 60 credit-hour program requiring two years of full-time study. The curriculum of the MFT master’s program focuses on understanding problems and issues in the context of relationships, particularly family relationships. Students are prepared to work in a wide variety of professional MFT settings with diverse populations experiencing a broad range of problems. Coursework required for the MFT MA program qualifies students academically to meet Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist licensure requirements in Louisiana and many other states. Since the program is accredited by COAMFTE, students can qualify for Clinical Membership in AAMFT upon completion of the clinical practice requirement.

The COAMFTE accredited clinical Ph.D. degree program in MFT at ULM integrates systemically oriented philosophy and theory, clinical practice and qualitative and quantitative research. This clinical Ph.D. program prepares graduates forcareers as scholars, teachers, researchers, supervisors, and senior clinicians. This is a 69 credit-hour (minimum) post-master's degree. The curriculum focuses on understanding problems and issues in the context of relationships, particularlyfamily relationships. This includes courses related to philosophical and epistemological orientations, including thetheoretical and clinical applications of such ideas, as well as courses related to family studies and human development,research methods, and clinical supervision. Students are prepared to work in a wide variety of professional marriage and family therapy settings with diverse populations experiencing a broad range of problems.

The Ph.D. degree program in MFT with a non-clinical concentration in Systemic Studies online degree is a 60 credit-hour program that integrates systemically oriented philosophy and theory and encourages a transdisciplinary study of therapy, counseling, coaching, consultation, teaching, social service learning, and other professions concerned with experiential transformation. This program is designed for Masters level professionals from a wide array of disciplines who desire a deeper study of the contexts that advance the creative practices of the transformative arts. This program is not COAMFTE accredited

List of programs/Activities:

Allows for membership in the national MFT organization AAMFT (American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy)

Delta Kappa Honor Society – This is the International Marriage & Family Therapy Honor Society

Learn more about financial aid options: https://www.ulm.edu/financialaid/

Learn more about scholarship opportunities: https://www.ulm.edu/scholarships/

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