Studying Marriage & Family Therapy at Regis

Regis University’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree prepares students to provide guidance and counseling based on in-depth research and the theory that mental health and family problems are best treated in a family context.
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M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Overview

Our highly interactive, on-campus M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy degree prepares busy professionals for careers as marriage and family therapists who treat mental and emotional disorders, while promoting optimum relational health through a systemic, holistic approach. In Marriage and Family Therapy, the unit of intervention and treatment is not the individual person, even if only a single person is interviewed. Instead, the focus is systemic and relational, bringing together all involved individuals into the healing process. The Regis Counseling and Family Therapy faculty are committed to fostering an open culture of social, relational and cross–cultural contexts of learning that are essential for effective therapist training.

Regis University’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) program is a 60-credit-hour degree that meets the academic requirements for Colorado Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) set forth by the Colorado Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists Examiners Board. The MAMFT degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The program curriculum provides you with hands-on training through 6-credit-hours of Practicum in the department's state–of–the–art counseling laboratory. You'll also gain essential clinical experience through two semesters of supervised internships at local mental health counseling agencies.

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program (MAMFT) is offered at Regis University's North Denver (Lowell), Broomfield and Colorado Springs campuses. Most students complete the program in three years, taking an average of two to three courses a semester.

As a graduate marriage and family therapy student at Regis, you will be a part of a challenging, supportive, learning community that promotes a sense of responsibility and willingness to advocate for human justice and social change in the world. You will become skilled at creating therapeutic relationships that foster hope and courage for clients who are striving to live more productive and just lives.

Total Degree Requirements: 60 credit hours
Core course requirements: 54 credit hours
Elective course requirements: 6 credit hours

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 60.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

MA in Marriage and Family Therapy (60SH)

Electives

The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

(6SH)
Select two (2) courses from the following:
MFT 669- Advanced Couples Therapy
MCPY 663- Counseling Military Families
MCPY 677- Counseling Adolescents and Pre-Adolescents
MCPY 636- Counseling Techniques II
MFT 638- Techn in Family & Couple Therapy (pre-req MCPY 635)
MFT 662- Counseling Military Couples

MCPY 620 - Abnormal Psychology

Provides an in-depth examination of abnormal psychological development and multicultural variations. Studies the theoretical approaches and treatments that flow out of various psychological paradigms. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

Cross listing(s): MMFT 620.

MCPY 635 - Counseling Techniques I

Introduces the psychotherapeutic process and dynamics of the helping relationship. Focuses on developing basic counseling skills such as clinical interviewing, clinical record keeping and report writing, DSM-IV-TR diagnosis, assessment of various clinical issues, and treatment planning. Assists students in preparing a professional resume, practicing interviews for a practicum position, and identifying sites for their practicum/internship experience. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE 1 GROUP; #TAKE MCPY*600, MCPY*605, MCPY*615, MCPY*620, MCPY*610 #TAKE MCPY*600, MCPY*605, MCPY*615, MCPY*620, MCPY*665

Cross listing(s): MLPC 635 MFT 635.

MCPY 640 - Research Methods and Program Evaluation

Provides an understanding of types of research methods including quantitative and qualitative designs, basic statistics, and ethical and legal considerations in research. Principles, practices and applications of needs assessment and program evaluation are reviewed. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

Cross listing(s): MMFT 640 MFT 640.

MCPY 645 - Clinical Assessment

Focuses on the application of basic concepts and statistics in the interpretation of tests and inventories utilized by counselors and MFTs. Explores testing methodologies, interpretive criteria, and ethical and multicultural implications from a clinical perspective.

MCPY 668 - Play in Family Therapy

Examines theoretical foundations and the utilization of play in family therapy. Explores filial therapy techniques as well as other models of parent-child relational therapy with families from diverse populations and various presenting issues.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MCPY*635;

Cross listing(s): MFT 668.

MFT 605 - Human Growth and Development

Provides an advanced study of normal human development from infancy throughout the life span, emphasizing integration of theory and research appropriate to each life phase. Considers the impact of cultural variation on life phases. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

MFT 610 - Theories of Family Therapy

Explores the historical development of theories of family therapy which have grown out of the paradigmatic shift from focusing on the individual to focusing on the influences of the family system and larger social contexts. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

MFT 615 - Cultural Iss. & Social Justice

Explores cultural contexts of relationships, social justice issues and current research and therapeutic strategies related to socioeconomic status, religious and cultural values, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation and mental and physical abilities.

Cross listing(s): MCPY 615.

MFT 621 - Integrated Healthcare

Explores the connection between emotional, psychological, and physical health. Content includes information on health behavior change, psychopharmacology, ways that stress manifests in the body, and therapist interventions for impacting health changes.

MFT 625 - Professional Orientation & Ethical Iss

Explores AAMFT Code of Ethics, Colorado legal statutes and ethical decision models. Professional identity and public responsibility of marriage and family therapists will be explored.

MFT 650 - Family Origins and Life Cycles

An in-depth study of family life cycle including adult development. The impact of transitions such as career, marriage, divorce, and death at different stages of the family life cycle as guides to therapeutic understanding.

MFT 660 - Substance Abuse Treatment

Examines the psychological and behavioral effects of substance abuse in individuals and families; reviews assessment techniques and approaches to treatment of this population.

Cross listing(s): MCPY 660.

MFT 665 - Gender Dev & Sexuality in Counseling

Explores the physical, psychological, social, cultural, and ethical aspects of human sexuality and gender development. Male and female gender roles, sexual expression, sexual misconceptions, variations in gendered or sexual behavior, and common sexual and relationship concerns are applied to theories and techniques of sexuality counseling. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MCPY*635;

MFT 667 - Couples Therapy

Provides an overview of theories of couples therapy, relational dynamics, cycles of partnering, negotiating, therapist alliance and bias. Emphasizes skills for working with couples conflict, violence, infidelity, commitment and divorce.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MCPY*635;

MFT 690 - Practicum: Practice of Family Therapy

Focuses upon the practice and techniques of various systemic approaches used to treat clients in therapy. Students will employ Multi-Generational, Experiential (Satir), Structural, Strategic, or Solution-focused therapies in videotaped therapeutic work with clients.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MCPY*668 MFT*667 MFT*665 MFT*650 MFT*660;

MFT 692 - Practicum: Clinical Supervision

Provides students in practicum with individual and group supervision by program faculty who are AAMFT approved supervisors (or candidates)

Pre-requisite: TAKE MCPY*668 MFT*667 MFT*665 MFT*650 MFT*660;

MFT 699A - Supervised MFT Internship A

Clinical supervision of individual, couple and family counseling which focuses on the principles and practice of Marriage and Family Therapy. NOTE: Graduate counseling students only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MFT*690;

MFT 699B - Supervised MFT Internship B

Clinical supervision of individual, couple and family counseling which focuses on the principles and practice of Marriage and Family Therapy. NOTE: Graduate counseling students only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MFT*699A;

How to Apply

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Application Details

Eligibility

Applicants seeking a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree must possess a baccalaureate degree in any field of study from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

An academic background in psychology or family studies is preferred but not required for applicants seeking program admission. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to achieve graduate-level writing and skills in critical analysis before admission to the program.

Viable candidates for admission often have a background in psychology or family studies demonstrated by several or all of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology or family studies
  • Work experience related to psychology or helping relationships
  • Participation in personal psychotherapy
  • Personal life experiences that would indicate an ability for introspection, empathy for others and psychological maturity

Eligibility for the Masters in Counseling or Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy programs is pending the successful completion of a criminal background check to be submitted immediately after being offered admission.

Admission Deadlines, Applicant Interview Dates and New Student Orientation Dates

Class Starts Application Deadline Required Interview Required Orientation
Summer 2014 - May 5, 2014 Mar. 28, 2014 April 3, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus April 10, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus
Fall 2014 - August 25, 2014 June 25, 2014 July 23, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus August 13, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus
Spring 2015 - January 5, 2015 November 5, 2014 November, 19 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus December 10, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus
Summer 2015 - May 4, 2015 March 4, 2015 April 1, 2015 North Denver (Lowell) Campus April 22, 2015 North Denver (Lowell) Campus

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/
Commission Phone: 312.263.0456

The Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808, coa@aamft.org.

Student Achievement Criterion (SAC) data is available for Graduation Rates, National Exam pass rates and Licensure Rates at the following link (Student Achievement Criteria Data).

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $600
Other Fees
Application Fee $75
Background Check (external agency fee) $60
Task Stream (external agency fee) $90
Graduation Application Fee $50

Join us Tuesday, March 18 at 10:00 a.m. for an information session regarding our graduate level counseling programs. You are also invited to stay for a faculty guided tour of our Center for Counseling and Family Therapy starting at 11:00 a.m.

Considering our Master of Arts in Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy, or one of our graduate certificates? Plan to attend this informative session. RSVP by calling 303.964.5521 or email healthcare@regis.edu.

 Date    Program    Time    Location
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 M.A. Counseling
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
Post-Graduate Certificate Options
10:00 a.m. Broomfield Campus
Room 101
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 M.A. Counseling
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
Post-Graduate Certificate Options
10:00 a.m. Broomfield Campus
Room 123
Directions
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 M.A. Counseling
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
Post-Graduate Certificate Options
10:00 a.m. Broomfield Campus
Room 123
Directions
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 M.A. Counseling
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
Post-Graduate Certificate Options
10:00 a.m. Broomfield Campus
Room 123
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