Course Sequence

The course work for the 54-credit UVU MFT program is designed to be completed in five sequential semesters.  Clinical hour requirements may extend the length of the program beyond five semesters (see Clinical Hour Requirements section below).

Students are expected to enroll full-time.

Courses build on previous courses as students develop competence across the program.  Subsequently, courses are only offered in the semester listed here.  Students who do not enroll in the sequence of courses listed below will need to wait until the course is offered again to take (or retake) a course.

According to UVU policy, the maximum timeframe for completing this program is 6 years from initial matriculation.

Classes are held from 9 - 2:30 Tuesday and Thursday for first year students and 9 - 2:30 Monday and Wednesday for 2nd year students.

Students should not schedule clients during these hours unless directed to do so by their practicum instructor.

Students are expected to attend program meetings from 12 - 1 the first Friday of each month.

 

Fall of First Year

 Course Number 

Course Title

Pre-requisite*

Credit Hours

MFT 6100

Ethical Issues in MFT

 

  3

MFT 6000

Systemic Foundations of MFT

 

  3

MFT 6200

Systemic Assessment and Diagnosis

 

  3

MFT 6900

Pre-Practicum

 

  3

 

Semester total:

  12

Spring of First Year

Course Number 

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credit Hours

MFT 6010

Contemporary Approaches to MFT

 

  3

MFT 6210

Couples Therapy

 

  3

MFT 6220

Group Therapy

 

  2

MFT 6500

Community Intervention

 

  1

MFT 6910

Practicum I

MFT 6900

  3

 

Semester total:

 12

Summer of First Year

Course Number 

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credit Hours

MFT 6300

Working with Diversity

 

  3

MFT 6230

Family Therapy

 

  3

MFT 6920

Practicum II

MFT 6910

  3

 

Semester total:

  9

 Fall of Second Year

 

Course Number 

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credit Hours

MFT 6310

Child & Adolescent Development

MFT 6000

3

MFT 6400

Research in MFT

MFT 6000

3

MFT 6240

Individual Therapy

MFT 6200

2

MFT 6510

Contemporary Issues in MFT

MFT 6000

1

MFT 6930

Practicum III

MFT 6920

3

 

Semester total:

  12

Spring of Second Year

Course Number

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credit Hours

MFT 6320

Adult Issues in Human Development

 

3

MFT 6520

Clinical Business Development

 

2

MFT 6600

Capstone

 

1

MFT 6940

Practicum IV

MFT 6930

3

 

Semester total:

9

Clinical Hour Requirements

Practicum Hour and Site Expectations

During the Pre-Practicum course, students are introduced to basic clinical skills and expectations.  At the end of this course, students are evaluated and must demonstrate competence at an established level to be allowed to progress into the sequence of practicum courses.

During Practicum I, students begin their work with clients at the UVU on-campus clinic.  During Practicum II, students are expected to secure an approved off-campus clinical site in order to accrue clinical hours required for graduation.  (Please refer to the Practicum Handbook.)

Students need to complete a minimum of 500 face-to-face therapy hours, 250 of which must be with couples or families.  Hours are earned only after students are enrolled in Practicum courses, and only at approved sites.  During the accrual of clinical hours, students must attend practicum and participate in approved supervision weekly. 

Students must complete at least 100 supervision hours, 50 of which should involve direct client data (i.e., live observation, co-therapy with a supervisor, video or audio recording).

To meet hour requirements within the five-semester program, students should accrue 125 therapy hours during each practicum course.  Students who do not meet this hour expectation should expect to enroll in practicum courses during sixth, seventh, and/or additional semesters until clinical hours are completed.  This may delay a student's graduation.

Goal setting 

Graduation Requirements

student graduating

Academic Eligibility for Graduation:

  • Students must complete 54 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a B- or better grade in every course.
    • Any course with a grade lower than B- needs to be retaken.
    • If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, courses with a B- grade may also need to be retaken.
    • 42 of 54 required credits must be taken at UVU.

Clinical Experience Requirements for Graduation:

  • Students must provide documentation of the completion of 500 direct clinical contact hours, including a minimum of 250 relational therapy hours.
    • Direct clinical contact hours are counted when the student, functioning as a therapist who is primarily responsible for the session, meets with a client in a therapeutic meeting.  These meetings occur in a face to face setting with the student-therapist and client in the same physical location.
  • Students must provide documentation of the completion of 100 supervision hours, including a minimum of 50 hours of supervision utilizing direct client data (ie., supervision using live, video, or audio observation).

Program Capstone Requirements for Graduation:

  • Students must complete program capstone requirements demonstrating achievement of student learning outcomes.
    • The Capstone course requires students to present a portfolio of evidence demonstrating achievement of each student learning outcome.  During the capstone course, students will be expected to demonstrate understanding and application of concepts and skills through a process of formal evaluation.

Program Outcome Assessment

The UVU MFT program was built on an outcome-based educational framework.  Outcome-based education is an approach to program development that starts with the program's goals, including the program's expectations for student competence upon completion of the program.  Our outcome-based educational framework also involved the design and structure of curriculum, resources, and policies to support the development of student competence and achievement of program goals.  Consistent with our outcome-based framework, the UVU MFT program employs formal assessment processes to evaluate student competence and program goals, and to make data-informed modification and improvements. 

Program Goals

Student Learning Outcomes

Formative Assessment: Eligibility for Practicum

Summative Assessment: Eligibility for Graduation

Individual Student Expectations for Graduation Eligibility

Program Targets

Knowledge of MFT:  The program trains students in the knowledge and history of  the MFT Profession including how to utilize systemic and developmental theories in their clinical work.

1.  Students will demonstrate understanding of MFT models.  MFT 6000 Model Presentation  Capstone Course AAMFT Practice Exam Domain 1 Student will pass domain 1 of AMFTRB practice exam on their 1st or subsequent attempt(s). 80% of students will pass domain 1 of the AMFTRB practice exam on their 1st attempt
2.  Students will apply systemic and developmental theories in their conceptualization of clinical cases.      n/a  Final Practicum Clinical Demonstration Student will earn a passing score on Clinical Demonstration theories competencies On their first attempt, 80% of students will earn a passing score on Clinical Demonstration theories competencies.
Competence with MFT Skills:  The program trains students to practice relational/systemic therapy including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of presenting problems  3.  Students will demonstrate competent assessment,, diagnosis, and treatment with a variety of clinical cases.  MFT 6200 Grand Rounds

Final Practicum Supervisor Evaluation:  assessment & diagnosis

 

 

  

Capstone Course Objective Structured Clinical Examination:  treatment (OSCE)

Supervisor evaluation of student will report competence with practice skills (assessment & diagnosis) at developmentally appropriate level prior to completion of final practicum course

  

 Student will earn a passing score on OSCE practice skill (treatment) competencies.

80% of students will receive a supervisor evaluation reflecting a competence with practice skills prior to their completion of Prac IV.    

 

 

On their first attempt, 80% of students will earn a passing score on OSCE treatment competencies.

 4.  Students will utilize published MFT literature to provide research informed therapy. n/a Final Practicum Supervisor Evaluation Supervisor evaluation of students will reflect competence with research at developmentally appropriate level prior to completion of final practicum course. 80% of students will receive a sufficient supervisor evaluation on research competencies prior to their completion of Prac IV.
Commitment to inclusion:  The program trains students to be aware, knowledgeable, and conscientious in their work with diverse, marginalized and underserved populations.  5.  Students will demonstrate awareness of their power and privilege as individuals and as clinicians. MFT 6900 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Capstone Course Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)  Student will earn a passing score on diversity competencies of the OSCE. On their first attempt, 80% of students will earn a passing score on OSCE diversity competencies.
 6.  Student work with marginalized, diverse, and underserved communities will be multiculturally-informed. n/a Final Practicum Clinical Demonstration Student will earn a passing score on Clinical Demonstration diversity competencies On their first attempt, 80% of students will earn a passing score on Clinical Demonstration diversity competencies.
 Adherence to MFT Ethics:  The program trains students to engage in ethical clinical work and decision making through a commitment to ethical practice and to the AAMFT Code of Ethics.  7.  Students will demonstrate recognition of the AAMFT Code of Ethics' application to clinical scenarios and cases. MFT 6100 Ethics Exam Capstone Course AAMFT Practice Exam Domain 6 Student will pass Domain 6 of AMFTRB practice exam on their 1st or subsequent attempt(s). 80% of students will pass domain 6 of the AMFTRB practice exam on their 1st attempt.
 8.  Students will apply an ethical decision-making framework in clinical practice and supervision. n/a Final Practicum Supervisor Evaluation Supervisor evaluation of student must reflect competence with ethics competencies at developmentally appropriate level prior to completion of final practicum course. 80% of students will receive a sufficient supervisor evaluation on ethics competencies prior to their completion of Prac IV.
Development of MFT Professional Identity:  The program assists students as they develop an MFT identity by preparing them for MFT licensure and employment upon graduation from the program. 9.  Graduates of the program will become licensed as (Associate) MFTs. n/a Alumni survey  

80% of program graduates will become provisionally licensed as Associate MFTs after graduation.

 

Three years after graduation, 80% of students will report that they are employed as an MFT

10.  Graduates of the program will become employed as MFTs. n/a Alumni survey   80% of program graduates will report that they are employed as an MFT.

  

For detailed information on the Formative Assessment End of 1st semester click here.

For detailed information on the Summative Program Assessment End of 5th semester click here.