Program Schedule

Program length: 24 – 27 months, typically 6-7 terms
Credit hours: 48 – 50 semester units (depending if students choose optional additional one semester of practicum)

Fall and Spring of first year :

Attend classes at PLU twice a week, typically 3:00-6:20pm. The first year of the program is designed to make it easier for working professionals. Students with flexible work schedules can generally work part-time or even full-time during their first two semesters.

Fall year 1 (September - December)
MFTH 503
MFTH 504
Systems approach to MFT
Contextual Foundations of Systemic Practice
4 semester hours
4 semester hours
January term, year 1 (month of January)
MFTH 505 Research Methods3 semester hours
Spring, year 1
MFTH 507
MFTH 512
Comparative MFT
Professional studies in MFT
4 semester hours
4 semester hours

Summer of first year:

Classes one to three times per week, typically three-hour classes held in the early afternoon.

Option A “summer starters”: begin practica in summer at on-campus clinic, 20-25 hours per week. Students in practica work together in co-therapy teams for extra support and will meet in pairs for clinical supervision for two hours weekly.

Option B “fall starters”: begin practica in fall at on-campus clinic, 20-25 hours per week. Students in practica work together in co-therapy teams for extra support and will meet in pairs for clinical supervision for two hours weekly.

Summer year 1: Option A trackSummer year 1: Option B track
MFTH 511 (4) Systemic Assessment
MFTH 519 (2) Practicum I
MFTH 520 (2) Theory I
MFTH 511 (4) Systemic Assessment

Fall and Spring of second year, and optional semester:

Fall/Spring/Summer/Fall: Classes typically one day a week, 12:00-6:20pm; internship continues at on-campus clinic, with the addition of internship at off-campus clinic, 20-25 hours per week.

Fall year 2: Option A trackFall year 2: Option B track
MFTH 510 (4) Human Sexuality, Sex, & Couples Therapy
MFTH 521 (2) Practicum II
MFTH 522 (2) Theory II
MFTH 510 (4) Human Sexuality, Sex, & Couples Therapy
MFTH 519 (2) Practicum I
MFTH 520 (2) Theory I
J-Term year 2: Option A trackJ-Term year 2: Option B track
MFTH 529 J-term PracticumMFTH 529 J-term Practicum
Spring year 2: Option A trackSpring year 2: Option B track
MFTH 500 (4) Human Development
MFTH 523 (2) Practicum III
MFTH 524 (2) Theory III
MFTH 500 (4) Human Development
MFTH 521 (2) Practicum II
MFTH 522 (2) Theory II
Summer year 2: Option A trackSummer year 2: Option B track
MFTH 525 2 Practium IV
MFTH 526 2 Theory IV
MFTH 523 (2) Practicum III
MFTH 524 (2) Theory III
Fall year 3: Option A track (optional)Fall year 3: Option B track
MFTH 527 (2) Practium VMFTH 525 2 Practium IV
MFTH 526 2 Theory IV
Spring year 3: Option B track (optional)
MFTH 527 (2) Practicum V