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 690R

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 6300

Working with Diversity

 

  3

MFT 691R

Practicum I

MFT 690R

  3

 

Semester total:

 12

Summer of First Year

Course Number 

Course Title

Pre-requisite

Credit Hours

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 692R

Practicum II

MFT 691R

  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 6230

Family Therapy

 

3

MFT 6220

Group Therapy

 

2

MFT 6500

Community Intervention

 

1

MFT 693R

Practicum III

MFT 692R

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

Either Clinical Business Development

 

2

      OR

 Special Topics Electives

 

2

MFT 6600

Capstone

 

1

MFT 694R

Practicum IV

MFT 693R

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 400 face-to-face therapy hours, 200 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 100 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.

Therapist with 3 clients being observed 

Graduation Requirements

MFT Hooding 6 Students

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 400 direct clinical contact hours, including a minimum of 200 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

Individual Student Targets

Program-level Targets

Formative Assessment: Eligibility for Practicum

Summative Assessment: Eligibility for Graduation

Knowledge of MFT: 

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

1.  Students will demonstrate understanding of MFT models.

 MFT 6000 Model Presentation or Exam

___________

Pass at 83% or better

 Capstone Course AMFTRB Practice Exam

________

Passing Total Score on Exam

80% of students will pass  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 Case Presentation

_______

Average score of 4 or higher on Theories Competencies

80% of students will meet/exceed target for formal demonstration of Practicum IV Case Presentation 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:  Parts 1 & 2

__________

Pass at 83% or better

Capstone Course: Theory of Change Paper

____________

Passing score of 80% or higher

 80% of students will meet/exceed target on formal submission of  Theory of Change Paper.

 4.  Students will utilize published MFT literature to provide research informed therapy. n/a

Final Practicum Case Presentation

__________

Average score of 4 or higher on  Research Competencies

80% of students will meet/exceed target for formal demonstration of Practicum IV Case Presentation research competencies.

Commitment to inclusion: 

The program trains students to be aware, knowledgeable, and conscientious in their work with diverse, marginalized and under-served populations.

 5.  Students will demonstrate awareness of their power and privilege as individuals and as clinicians.

MFT 6900 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

______________

Ave total of 3

Capstone Course Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

___________

Total average score of 6 or higher

On their first attempt, 80% of students will meet/exceed target for the OSCE competencies.
 6.  Student work with marginalized, diverse, and underserved communities will be multiculturally-informed. n/a

Adult Issues & HD Clinical Tx Paper

__________

Passing score of 80% or higher

80% of students will meet/exceed target on formal submission of the Clinical Tx Paper.

 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

__________

Pass at 83% or better

Clinical Business Dev or SP Topics Portfolio

__________

Passing score of 80% or higher

80% of students will meet/exceed target on formal submission of Business Plan or Sp. Topics Portfolio.

 8.  Students will apply an ethical decision-making framework in clinical practice and supervision. n/a

Final Practicum Case Presentation

__________

Average score of 4 or higher on Ethics Competencies

80% of students will meet/exceed target for formal demonstration of Practicum IV Case Presentation ethics competencies.

Development of MFT Professional Identity: 

The program assists students as they develop an MFT identity by preparing students  for MFT licensure and employment upon graduation from the program.

9.  Graduates of the program will become licensure as A/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 Formative & Summative Assessment, please review the Program Handbook