Department ofMarriage & Family Therapy

Curriculum & Course Descriptions

The 47 hours of coursework includes the systems approach to therapy, reviews of the major models of Couple & Family Therapy, psychosocial pathology, professional issues and ethics, human and family development, human sexuality, and research methodology. You will learn three models of therapy in depth, then develop your own integrated approach to therapy. A thesis is optional.

47 semester credits

MFTH 500: Human Development: Individual personality development, normal and abnormal manifestations, over thelife span. (4)

MFTH 503: Systems Approach to Marriage and Family
Therapy: An introduction to the systems paradigm and postmodern ideas for treatment strategy and intervention. (4)

MFTH 504: Family Development: Exploration of how family life cycle stages are affected by divorce, remarriage, ethnicity, feminist issues, and other unplanned events. (4)

MFTH 505: Research Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy: Basic research concepts including
formulating research questions, research design, analysis of data, and theory construction. Emphasis on understanding and evaluating rather than conducting research. (4)

MFTH 507: Comparative Marriage and Family Therapy: Intensive comparative study of the theoretical rationale of the prominent schools of thought within the field of marriage and family therapy. Prerequisite: MFTH 503. (4)

MFTH 510: Human Sexuality, Sex Therapy and Couples Therapy: An overview of the nature of sexual health and the treatment of common sexual dysfunctions and sexual trauma. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MFTH 503. (3)

MFTH 511: Systemic and Mental Health Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment: Exploration of the treatment
techniques and assumptions of leading family therapists regarding such psychosocial dysfunctions as divorce, family violence, delinquency, psychosomatic symptoms, drug addiction, and disturbed adolescents. Prerequisite: MFTH 503. (4)

MFTH 512: Professional Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy: Study of professional ethics and Washington State laws which affect clinical practice, including family law, legal responsibilities, and interprofessional cooperation. (3)

MFTH 519 Practicum I: Prerequisite: MFTH 507 and 512; may be taken concurrently when schedule allows. (2)

MFTH 521: Practicum II: (2)
MFTH 523: Practicum III: (2)


MFTH 525: Practicum IV: The four semesters of practica are part of a continuous process toward developing specific therapeutic competencies in work with individuals, couples, and families. The practica present a competency-based program in which each student is evaluated regarding: (a) case management skills;(b) relationship skills; (c) perceptual skills; (d) conceptual skills; (e) structuring skills; and (f) professional development skills. Practica requirements include 100 hours of supervision of 500 client contact hours. Faculty are AAMFT-approved Supervisors or the equivalent and use live supervision and video tapes of student sessions as the primary methods of clinical supervision. (2)

MFTH 527: Extended Practicum V: For students who wish to complete their required practica in five rather than four semesters. This course is an extension of the previously described practica courses. (2)

MFTH 520: Theory I: (2)
MFTH 522: Theory II: (2)


MFTH 524: Theory III : The three semesters of theory taken in conjunction with MFTH 519, 521, and 523 constitute an in-depth study of one approach toward marriage and family therapy with an emphasis on applying theory in practice. (2)

MFTH 526: Development of a Personal Integrated Theory: The fourth semester of theory taken in conjunction with MFTH 525 is an in-depth study of the student’s preferred ideas, style, methods, and values. Students develop an integrated personal approach to marriage and family therapy that synthesizes their learning in the program. (2)

MFTH 590: Graduate Seminar: Selected topics as announced. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (1 to 4)

MFTH 598: Research Project: (1 to 4)

MFTH 599: Thesis: (4)