Marriage & Family Therapy

Polices & Procedures

  1. The Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program consists of 60 semester hours course work and 500 hours of face-to-face therapy with at least half being couples and families. Recommendation for the granting of the MSMFT Degree requires the completion of prescribed course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale and completion of 500 hours of face-to-face direct-client-contact therapy with individuals, couples, and families, and 100 hours of faculty supervision, of which not more than 50 hours may be group supervision.  A minimum of 25 client contact hours must be with a couple or family.
  1. Students should progress through the program without major difficulty. After 12 hours of study are completed the student's progress is reviewed by the MFT faculty and should there be a need, options are suggested, e.g., additional course work, time-out from the program for personal growth experiences, reconsideration of vocational plans and academic alternatives, withdrawal from the program totally or for a given period of time.
  1. Midway through the second semester, the student is formally evaluated by the MFT faculty with regard to personal preparedness for and admission to practicum. The faculty reviews such things as personal openness and maturity, motivation, ability to utilize supervision and establish clinical relationships.
  2. In addition to completion of course work and 500 hours of therapy, students are required to demonstrate pre-professional competence in the following areas before final approval for graduation:  personal maturity and integrity, adherence to Harding University's Code of Conduct, conceptual understanding of personal and interpersonal behavior, familiarity with marriage and family theory and therapy literature, coherent therapeutic methodology, insight into own personality, and sound ethical judgment culminating in a satisfactory internship experience.