Program Goals and Outcomes

The UVU MFT program prepares students to demonstrate competence in MFT knowledge, practice, diversity, research, and ethics.  These competences are referred to as program goals, and specific student learning outcomes support each goal.

Program Goal 1:  The program trains students to utilize systemic and developmental theories in their conceptualization of clinical cases

  • Student Learning Outcome 1:  Students will demonstrate understanding of MFT Models
  • Student Learning Outcome 2:  Students will apply systemic and developmental theories in their conceptualization of clinical cases

Program Goal 2:  The program trains students to competently assess, diagnose and treat a variety of presenting problems

  • Student Learning Outcome 3:  Students will demonstrate competent assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of clinical cases
  • Student Learning Outcome 4:  Students will utilize published MFT literature to provide research-informed clinical practice

Program Goal 3:  The program trains students to demonstrate and be clinically competent in their work with diverse, marginalized and under-served populations

  • Student Learning Outcome 5:  Students will demonstrate awareness of their power and privilege as individuals and as clinicians
  • Student Learning Outcome 6:  Student work with marginalized, diverse, and underserved communities will be multiculturally-informed 

Program Goal 4:  The program trains students to engage in ethical work and decision making

  • Student Learning Outcome 7:  Students will demonstrate an ethical decision-making framework for clinical practice and supervision
  • Student Learning Outcome 8:  Students will apply standards of the AAMFT Code of Ethics to clinical scenarios and cases

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions about the UVU MFT Program

How long does the program take?

The coursework of the program is designed to be completed in 5 sequential semesters.  Students who need additional time to complete the clinical hour requirement may enroll for additional semesters while they complete the clinical hours.

Students who enroll in fewer than all credits offered each semester and students who take a leave of absence from the program will need additional time to complete graduation requirements.  Graduation requirements must be completed within 6 years of initial matriculation.

 

Semester

Course Name

Credits

Fall

 

 

12 credits

Ethical Issues in MFT

3

Systemic Foundations of MFT

3

Systemic Assessment and Diagnosis

3

Pre-Practicum

3

Spring

 

 

 

12 credits

Contemporary Approaches to MFT

3

Couples Therapy

3

Group Therapy

2

Community Intervention

1

Practicum I

3

Summer

 

9 credits

Working with Diversity

3

Family Therapy

3

Practicum II

3

Fall

 

 

 

12 credits

Child & Adolescent Development

3

Research in MFT

3

Individual Therapy

2

Contemporary Issues in MFT

1

Practicum III

3

Spring

 

 

9 credits

Adult Issues in Human Development

3

   

Clinical Business Development

2

Capstone

1

Practicum IV

3

How much does the program cost?

The UVU MFT program tuition and fees are determined by the Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents. Tuition and fees are adjusted and published each spring for the following year beginning summer semester. You can find tuition information here.

Additional program expenses include:

Expense

Cost

Timing

 

 

 

AAMFT Student membership

$63.00

Ethics Course

Hour tracking and recording device

TBD

Pre-practicum

AMFTRB Practice Exam

$60.00 per attempt

Capstone Course

Personal Therapy

Costs vary. $10.00 for sessions at UVU health center.

If desired by the student, or when required by the program

How many students does the program take?

The program enrolls one cohort of students each fall semester. The maximum enrollment for a cohort is 24 students.

When are classes held?

Classes are held from 9 - 2:30 Tuesday and Thursday for first year students and 9 to 2:30 Monday and Wednesday for 2nd year students. All academic courses within the UVU MFT program are delivered at the Orem campus. The program does not currently offer online or hybrid courses.

Can I attend part-time?

 

The MFT program is offered as a full-time program only. Students who do not enroll in the recommended sequence of courses will need to wait until a course is offered again (See program schedule.  FAQ: How long does the program take?).  Any variation from the recommended program schedule should be discussed with the MFT Program Director and Advisor.

Does this program require a thesis?

No. The UVU MFT program emphasizes clinical training, and specifically prepares students for licensure and employment as an MFT. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in all program outcomes prior to graduation. Summative assignments include a clinical presentation, essays, and a comprehensive exam. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree after graduation would benefit from seeking individual opportunities to participate in research with faculty members as an addition to their required program coursework.

Can I get licensed when I graduate?

 

The UVU MFT program is designed to align with the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Utah. Upon graduation from the UVU program, students should be eligible for licensure as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.

The UVU MFT program does not influence the decisions of the Utah MFT licensing board and cannot therefore guarantee licensure.

Please refer to dopl.utah.gov for additional information about MFT licensure in Utah.

Students who plan to leave Utah after graduation should make themselves fully aware of the licensing requirements for another state. It is strongly advised that students obtain current and accurate information about licensing requirements in a state to which they may move prior to starting the UVU program. 

How can I find a practicum site?

The UVU MFT program has relationships with many local practicum sites. Students should work closely with the Director of Clinical Training to determine if one of these sites would be a good fit.

Any student who wishes to work at a site that is not approved by the UVU MFT program should seek approval from the Director of Clinical Training prior to providing services at that site.

 Is the UVU MFT program accredited?

 

The UVU MFT program is not accredited by COAMFTE. Although the program was designed to align with current accreditation requirements, we cannot guarantee that the program will become accredited in the future.  We plan to seek COAMFTE accreditation after the first cohort of students has graduated, and we have data about that cohort’s rates of licensure, employment and passing the national exam.  The earliest we would begin the accreditation process would be 2020.

What does it mean if I graduate from an MFT program that is not COAMFTE-accredited?

A lot of times what people mean when they ask this question is, Can I still get licensed? Can I get a job if I graduate from a non COAMFTE-Accredited program?  The answer is yes.  You can get licensed, and you can get a job.  There are three things to know about graduating from an MFT program that is not COAMFTE-Accredited:

 

1.  You have to complete an extra page when you apply for Associate MFT Licensure in Utah.  This is what the MFT Application states: 

EDUCATIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS To be completed by applicants who have not graduated from a COAMFTE accredited program in marriage and family therapy. Graduates from COAMFTE accredited programs are not required to complete this section.

                               

Note: The UVU program aligns with Education Requirements required by Utah Admin. Code R156-60b-302a. Qualifications for Licensure - Education Requirements

Go to the DOPL Website or review the UVU MFT Graduate Handbook to see all educational requirements for MFT licensure in Utah.

ALL APPLICANTS:

Documentation of meeting the education requirement (submit one of the options below):

  • Official transcripts documenting completion of a master’s or doctorate degree from a marriage and family program accredited by COAMFTE.  
  • Official transcripts evidencing completion of a master’s or doctorate degree in marriage and family therapy from an institution which is accredited by a professional accrediting body approved by CHEA and completion of course requirements.  Please use page 4 of this application to record the required courses.  NOTE: You can expedite the review process by providing a copy of the graduate catalog course description and/or syllabus of any identified course.

 

Note:  This is documentation that the UVU program meets the second bullet point listed in the documentation section above:

Utah Valley University is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

 

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is an accredited body approved by CHEA.  The website link states:

“The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is pleased to announce that we have been awarded recognition by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). At its meeting on January 28, 2019, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Board of Directors reviewed the recommendation of the CHEA Committee on Recognition regarding the recognition application submitted by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The Board of Directors accepted the committee recommendation and recognized NWCCU for the following CHEA-recognized scope of accreditation:  The accreditation and preaccreditation (“Candidacy status”) of postsecondary degree-granting educational institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and internationally, and the accreditation of programs offered via distance education within these institutions. (2018)”.  You can look up UVU on the CHEA website.

 

2.  You need to make sure you know the licensing requirements in any other state you think you may want to apply for an MFT license. 

 

Portability of the MFT degree for licensure across state lines can be a little more difficult if you graduate from a non-COAMFTE accredited program.  If you are planning to move out of Utah, make sure you are working toward your state’s licensing requirements throughout the MFT program.  Schedule a time to review your plan with the Program Director.  Make sure to save copies of all course syllabi.  Some state requirements are much more difficult than others (California is an example of a state with licensing requirements that are difficult to transfer from another state).  Plan ahead and start with your end-goal in mind.

 

3. You will not be able to work for the VA.  Most employers of MFTs do not require graduation from a COAMFTE-accredited program.  However, the VA qualification standard for MFTs states: 

 

The basic requirements for employment as a VHA MFT are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. § 7402(b)(10), as amended by section 201 of Public Law 109-461, enacted December 22, 2006. To qualify for appointment as an MFT in VHA, all applicants must: ... Hold a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or have graduated from a nationally accredited program conferring a comparable mental health degree as specified in the qualification standards of those disciplines (Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, and Psychiatry).

 

To read more about AAMFT’s relationship and advocacy efforts with the VA, click on this link to the AAMFT website

Can I transfer into this program from another graduate program?

Individuals with graduate credit are welcome to apply to the MFT program via the regular annual application process. 

The UVU MFT program has a residency requirement of 42/54 credits, which means the program can accept no more than 12 transfer credits.  All potential transfer credits are evaluated by the Program Director in accordance with Graduate School policies.

 

Graduate Transfer Credit

Graduate credits from another regionally accredited institution or equivalent shall have been completed within four years of the graduate student’s matriculation into the graduate program and cannot be older than six years at the time of graduation with a master’s degree or graduate certificate from the University. Graduate transfer credits are also subject to grade and grade-point average minimums of the graduate program. (Policy 524, Section 4.5.1).

 

MFT Program Faculty and Staff

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UVU Faculty Who Teach in MFT Program

 

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