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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Family Therapy M.A.

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The Family Therapy Program provides academic coursework, clinical training, and supervision to prepare students for careers as creative, caring, and competent professional couple and family therapists. The program has been accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (AAMFT.org) since 1982 and prepares the student for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Texas. Completion of the degree also fulfills the coursework requirements needed to take the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Exam in Texas. The UHCL Family Therapy Program prepares students to provide effective systemic and/or relationally oriented therapies with couples, families, individuals, and groups.

Admissions

The Family Therapy Selection Committee accepts a limited number of students into the program based on review and evaluation of the criteria required for application. These criteria include: Complete application (application form, vita, GRE scores, essay, and three professional letters of reference-professor/academic preferred); official transcripts of all previous course work; GPA of 3.20 or above; GRE of 297 (1000 for older versions of GRE) or above preferred (Verbal & Quantitative); and six hours of undergraduate Behavioral Sciences coursework which must include Introduction to Psychology and Abnormal Psychology.

Degree Requirements

Foundation Courses (6 hours)
Six hours of undergraduate Behavioral Sciences coursework in Introduction to Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. Similar courses may be substituted for these classes, and coursework from various classes may meet these content requirements as well. All such substitutions must be approved by the student's faculty adviser.
Required Courses (60 hours)

PSYC 5738 must be taken for 2 semesters.

PSYC 6636 must be taken for 3 semesters.

In addition to the courses below, students must choose an elective, preferably PSYC 5231 or PSYC 5335.

PSYC 5233 Introduction to Family Therapy
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5234 Individual and Family Development Across the Lifespan
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5236 Family Assessment
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5239 Group Psychotherapy
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5433 Substance Abuse: Causes and Treatments
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5535 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the Family
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5731 Psychotherapy Skills and Professional Orientation
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5737 Family Therapy Professional Ethics
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5738 Family Therapy Practicum
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6137 Family Research
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6233 Advanced Family Therapy
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6234 Systems and Symptoms
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6236 Child and Adolescent Family Therapy
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6531 Psychopathology
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6534 Couples and Sex Therapy
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6636 Clinical Internship
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

  • Clinical internship involves a minimum of 400 hours of direct client contact. Internships are completed at approved sites throughout the Houston area.
  • Students are expected to join the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) while they are in the program.