Marriage & Family Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy
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Marriage & Family Therapy

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. Students looking for a career in mental health that focuses on impacting the lives of individuals, couples, and families, with an emphasis on relational, societal, and cultural impacts, will find a home in ULM's Marriage and Family Therapy program.

Master of Arts

With an intentional focus on a systemic orientation, ULM's Marriage and Family Therapy Master of Arts program is committed to preparing future therapists and counselors for careers serving a diverse population and wide range of therapeutic concerns. This two-year program encompasses 60 credit hours and includes 300 hours of hands on training in both ULM's on-campus Marriage and Family Therapy clinic, as well as in community counseling partnership sites outside the university. Students are provided a curriculum, client experience, and community connections designed to prepare them as clinically, ethically, and culturally competent mental health professionals.

Master of Arts Graduate Achievement Data

Doctor of Philosophy 

The MFT Ph.D. program supports and nurtures graduate students in their academic coursework, scholarship, and service to the community, focused on the development of critical advanced clinical, supervisory, and research skills. There are two Ph.D. options within the program.

The Ph.D. with Clinical Concentration is a three-year program consisting of two years of classroom experience including 200 hours of hands-on training in Marriage and Family Clinics, and one year of full-time internship which is either clinically or research-based.

The non-clinical Ph.D. with a concentration in Systemic Studies is a 60 credit-hour online program. Many students who choose this program are already practicing clinicians.

Doctor of Philosophy Graduate Achievement Data

Cost of Attendance & More

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COST & FINANCING

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What sets us apart?

100% Job Placement and Licensure Rate

Given that ULM MFT students receive a challenging education, unique research opportunities, and prolonged experience in supervised hands-on training, graduates of the ULM MFT program have a 100% job placement rate in Louisiana and across the nation in community mental health agencies, clinical practices, academia, as well as a variety of other settings.

Graduates of the program also have a 100% pass rate in state and national licensing exams and are eleigible for dual licensure of LPC and LMFT credentials.

Only COAMFTE-Accredited MFT Program in the state

ULM offers the only COAMFTE - accredited  Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy program in the states of Louisiana and Arkansas. The Clinical Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy is also accredited by the COAMFTE (Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education)

On-Site 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 also provides MFT students with supervised hands-on training and research opportunities. Individual, group, and family services are provided to persons of all ages and cultures, and services are provided to the local community, as well as made available to ULM students, faculty, and staff. 

On-Site MFT Archives

ULM’s Don D. Jackson Archive houses Marriage and Family Therapy’s historical and one-of-a-kind documents, video, and audio, dating back to the inception of the field.Students in the Master of Arts program are encouraged to collaborate on research projects as time allows and can conduct an optional thesis. Ph.D. students take advanced research coursework in which intense one-on-one teaching assists the student in developing, proposing, and ultimately defending and publishing their dissertation research. The archives provide a means of conclusive research and professional development for both students and faculty of the program.

Application Process

In effort to maintain a family-style, cohort model, a limited number of students are admitted to the Marriage and Family Therapy Master of Arts Program. Students should apply before theFebruary 1 Priority Deadline. Applications submitted after this deadline will be considered only if spots have not been filled.

 

Prospective students submit applications to ULM’s Graduate School, and subsequently to the Marriage & Family Therapy Program. Upon acceptance into the Graduate School, the MFT Admissions Committee will review applications, and invite select individuals to participate in group and individual Interviews.

Please note that admission into the graduate school does not guarantee admission into the Marriage and Family Therapy Program.

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 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

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.  

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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