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Courses include clinical and theoretical study in systems theory, marital and family therapy, psychopathology and assessment, legal and ethical issues, qualitative and quantitative research, statistics, human development and sexuality. We cover a wide range of clinical approaches, including structural, strategic, solution focused therapy, narrative, intergenerational, and emotion-focused therapy approaches. We also include medical, minority, and gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues in most of our courses. 

  • HD 5404 Systems Theory and Family Therapy
  • HD 5424 Life-Span Human Development
  • HD 5434 Clinical Marriage and Family Therapy I: Structural and Strategic Approaches
  • HD 5444 Clinical Marriage and Family Therapy II: Constructivist Approaches
  • HD 5454 Clinical Marriage and Family Therapy III: Diagnosis and Treatment in the Family Context
  • HD 5484 Clinical Marriage and Family Therapy IV: Treatment of Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • HD 5724 Couples Therapy
  • HD 5734 Marriage and Family Therapy Techniques
  • HD 5344 Perspectives on Human Sexuality
  • HD 5744 Multicultural Family Therapy
  • HD 5474 Professional Seminar in Marriage and Family Therapy (Professional Ethics)
  • HD 5514 Research Methods
  • HD 6514 Advanced Research Methods
  • HD 5994 Research and Thesis
  • HD 5964 Practicum
  • HD 5974 Independent Study: Non-Thesis Project


In addition, the program offers elective HD 5744 special topic courses in MFT. Some of the previously offered electives include:

  • Family Stress, Crisis Intervention and Trauma Informed Care
  • Child Welfare
  • Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Family Play Therapy
  • Play Therapy