Marriage & Family Therapy
About the Program
The 60-unit Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) specialization at Mount Saint Mary's University prepares students to become licensed therapists in California.
Whether the student selects licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist or Professional Clinical Counselor, graduates of the Mount's MFT specialization will be prepared to treat individuals, couples and families from many different backgrounds or psychological disorders.
Our weeknight format is designed for professionals with complex work and personal schedules who live busy lives. The program is completed in three years. Classes are offered:
- Monday through Thursday from 6:00PM - 9:00PM
- Fall and Spring semesters are 16 weeks; each class meets one night per week
- Summer is an 8 week semester; each class meets two nights per week
Our new daytime format is designed for individuals who have the time and capacity to pursue graduate study on a full-time basis during the day. The program is completed in two years. Classes are offered:
- Monday and Wednesday from 9:00AM - 4:00PM.
- Fall and Spring semesters are 16 weeks; each class meets one day per week.
- Summer is an 8 week semester; each class meets one day per week.
The Mount's three-year MFT curriculum provides foundational classes the first year, clinical classes in the second year and fieldwork (traineeship) in the final year. The Mount’s two-year MFT curriculum provides foundational classes the first year and clinical classes and fieldwork (traineeship) in the second, final year.
During the fieldwork year, students will be applying their newly developed counseling skills by working 15-20 hours per week in a community based fieldwork training site, regardless of format. Most traineeships (fieldwork) occur during the daytime hours so students may need to adapt their work schedule to accommodate their fieldwork training during their fieldwork year.
Our students are prepared in evidence-based practices and embrace the recovery model focusing on client empowerment, individual care, hope and social justice. Mount students are sought out by clinical training sites because of our excellent reputation for developing highly qualified, caring, and culturally competent clinicians.
Upon graduation, many of our students have obtained positions in Community Mental Health Centers, School-based Programs, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, private practice settings, and a range of other roles and service institutions in which they are at the cutting edge of clinically and socially relevant issues.
Core Skills & Values
If you want to become a Marriage and Family Therapist or Professional Clinical Counselor who is well-respected and able to work with many different groups of people, consider the Counseling Psychology Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Mount Saint Mary's University. You will receive excellent training, develop professional relationships with future colleagues and be prepared to enter this exciting and highly rewarding field.
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The Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) programs meet the educational standards and have been approved by the California Board of Behavioral Science, leading to an LMFT or LPCC counselor license in California. Students who wish to practice in a state other than California may or may not have additional educational and/or non-educational requirements to complete prior to applying for licensure. Students should be aware of such varying requirements that may prohibit the attainment of licensure in various states – a criminal background, for example, may be a non-educational restriction to licensure in some states. Prior to enrollment, prospective students must review the Marriage & Family Therapy and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor professional licensure webpage to determine whether this program meets the educational requirements in a specific state. MSMU would like to help applicants and current students navigate the licensure process. Contact the Psychology department at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the process of obtaining an LMFT or LPCC license in a state outside of California