Marriage and Family Therapy Program Goals
PLU MFT Students and graduates will be:
- Systemically-oriented MFT Professionals
- Contextually sensitive MFT Professionals committed to diversity and inclusion
- Ethical and effective MFT Professionals in the community mental health context
- Professionals who identify as Marriage and Family Therapists
Student Learning Outcomes associated with Program Goals (with measurable outcomes and targets/benchmarks)
1. Students and graduates will understand and practice from a systemic framework.
a. Receive an “Admittance” outcome for the “Entrance into Clinical Practica” interview process which includes an evaluation of systemic knowledge from MFTH 503. Benchmark: 80%
b. Pass the Oral Final Exam in MFTH 507. Benchmark: 80%
c. Complete MFTH practica and theory course sequence with passing grades. Benchmark: 80%
2A. Students and graduates will demonstrate an understanding of contextual issues and approach treatment with sensitivity towards race and ethnicity, gender, religion/spirituality, human sexuality and sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, family life cycle state, and development stage.
a. Receive an “Admittance” outcome for the “Entrance into Clinical Practica” interview process which includes an evaluation of understanding contextual issues from MFTH 504, and a report on the Social Advocacy Project. Benchmark: 80%
b. Complete MFTH practica and theory course sequence with passing grades. Benchmark: 80%
2B. Students and graduates will engage in stimulating, creative and synergistic conversations with others representing diverse values, beliefs, and perspectives.
a. Graduates will represent a variety of diverse backgrounds.
We have established the following benchmarks in three of the above areas:
30% students of color
5% sexual minorities
While tracking the above benchmarks, we will also continue to promote a program that has diversity in the other ADDRESSING areas including Age, Disability, Spirituality, and National Origin.
b. Receive a B or above on the cultural immersion project and religious observation in MFTH 504.
c. Receive a B or above on the sexual immersion project in MFTH 510. Benchmark: 80%
3A. Students and graduates will be knowledgeable of and practice according to legal and ethical standards.
a. Complete MFTH 512 with a passing grade (80% or above). Benchmark: 80%
b. Maintain ethical practice as evaluated in the Competency Document by faculty supervisors each semester of practice. Benchmark: 80%
c. Complete the 100 hour clinical supervision requirement. Benchmark: 80%
d. Pass national exam. Benchmark: 80%
3B. Students and graduates will understand the major behavioral health disorders and use research to inform clinical practice and evaluate effectiveness.
a. Complete the 500 hour clinical requirement in on-site and off-campus agency. Benchmark: 80%
b. Complete MFTH 505, MFTH 510 and MFTH 511 with a passing grade. Benchmark: 80%
c. Pass all live and written competency evaluations throughout practicum sequence. Benchmark: 80%
4. Students and graduates will develop a personal epistemology that is grounded in couple and family therapy theories and become MFT Professionals.
a. Complete personal epistemology paper with a passing score. Benchmark: 80%
b. Pass MFTH 526. Benchmark: 80%
c. Receive a “Pass” from the faculty panel for the final epistemological presentation. Benchmark: 80%
d. % of graduates who work in the field. Benchmark: 70%
e. % of graduates who obtain MFT licensure. Benchmark: 55%