Marriage and Family Therapy (MS)

Program Coordinator: Stephen Flynn, PhD
E-mail: svflynn@plymouth.edu

The Master of Science(MS) in Marriage and Family Therapy provides the knowledge and skills needed to become a licensed marriage and family therapist and an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow. This 60-credit degree program prepares graduates for work in private practice, counseling centers, mental health agencies, hospitals, family service clinics, shelters, and state departments for children and family services.

Marriage and family therapy is one of the core mental health disciplines, and is based on the research and theory that mental illness and family issues are best treated in a systemic context. Therapists in this area focus on understanding their clients’ symptoms and interaction patterns within their existing environment. All licensed marriage and family therapists are trained and licensed to independently treat mental health and substance abuse issues within an individual, couple, and family format.

Admission Process

Professional organizations recommend that program admissions criteria include consideration of the applicant’s openness to self-examination and personal and professional self-development. For this reason, students need to participate in an interview with the program coordinator in addition to the general admission requirements. An admissions decision will be made upon completion of both the application and admissions interview.

For information on Admissions Requirements please visit the Graduate Admissions webpage at https://www.plymouth.edu/prospective/graduate/graduate/admissions/

A 15-credit graduate certificate is also available for those who want to add a concentration in a related mental health counseling program or for professional development that could lead to dual licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
Curriculum Requirements
CO 5670Working with Children and Families3
CO 5780Working with Youth and Systems3
CO 5040Social Behavior and Diversity3
CO 5050Advanced Human Development3
CO 5070Research Design in the Helping Professions3
CO 5260Counseling Theories and Personality3
CO 5790Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning3
CO 5020Counseling Skills3
CO 5430Assessment for Counselors3
CO 5770Psychopathology: Disorders of Childhood, Adolescence and Adulthood3
CO 5720Addictions & Related Disorders3
CO 5130Psychopharmacology and the Biological Basis of Mental Health3
MFT 5100Practicum3
Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization Component
MFT 5010Foundational Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5020Current Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5030Foundations and Ethics in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5040Human Sexuality3
MFT 5900Seminar and Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy1-9
Total Credits52-60

Optional Concentrations in this Major

Addictions Treatment

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
CO 5020Counseling Skills3
CO 5040Social Behavior and Diversity3
CO 5050Advanced Human Development3
CO 5070Research Design in the Helping Professions3
CO 5130Psychopharmacology and the Biological Basis of Mental Health3
CO 5260Counseling Theories and Personality3
CO 5430Assessment for Counselors3
CO 5670Working with Children and Families3
CO 5720Addictions & Related Disorders3
CO 5770Psychopathology: Disorders of Childhood, Adolescence and Adulthood3
CO 5780Working with Youth and Systems3
CO 5790Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning3
CO 5100Practicum3
Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization Component
MFT 5010Foundational Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5020Current Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5030Foundations and Ethics in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5040Human Sexuality3
MFT 5900Seminar and Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy1-9
Addictions Treatment Component
CO 5730Addictions Treatment Modalities3
Total Credits55-63

Eating Disorders

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
CO 5020Counseling Skills3
CO 5040Social Behavior and Diversity3
CO 5050Advanced Human Development3
CO 5070Research Design in the Helping Professions3
CO 5130Psychopharmacology and the Biological Basis of Mental Health3
CO 5260Counseling Theories and Personality3
CO 5430Assessment for Counselors3
CO 5670Working with Children and Families3
CO 5720Addictions & Related Disorders3
CO 5770Psychopathology: Disorders of Childhood, Adolescence and Adulthood3
CO 5780Working with Youth and Systems3
CO 5790Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning3
CO 5100Practicum3
Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization Component
MFT 5010Foundational Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5020Current Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5030Foundations and Ethics in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5040Human Sexuality3
MFT 5900Seminar and Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy1-9
Eating Disorder Component
CO 5150Eating Disorders Clinical3
CO 5160Eating Disorders: Awareness and Prevention3
CO 5170Treatment Modalities for Eating Disorders3
CO 5180Nutrition Fundamentals and Counseling in the Recovery of Eating Disorders3
CO 5190Medical and Physiological Aspects of Eating Disorders3
Total Credits67-75

Play Therapy

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
CO 5020Counseling Skills3
CO 5040Social Behavior and Diversity3
CO 5050Advanced Human Development3
CO 5070Research Design in the Helping Professions3
CO 5130Psychopharmacology and the Biological Basis of Mental Health3
CO 5260Counseling Theories and Personality3
CO 5430Assessment for Counselors3
CO 5670Working with Children and Families3
CO 5720Addictions & Related Disorders3
CO 5770Psychopathology: Disorders of Childhood, Adolescence and Adulthood3
CO 5780Working with Youth and Systems3
CO 5790Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning3
Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization Component
MFT 5010Foundational Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5020Current Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5030Foundations and Ethics in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5040Human Sexuality3
MFT 5900Seminar and Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy1-9
CO 5100Practicum3
Play Therapy Component
CO 7010Dynamic Play Therapies1
CO 7020Child Centered Play Therapy1
CO 7030Expressive Play Therapies1
CO 7040Special Populations in Play Therapy1
CO 7560Counselor Education: Special Topics (Students take four, one-credit special topics courses)4
Total Credits60-68

Graduate Certificate

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
MFT 5010Foundational Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5020Current Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5030Foundations and Ethics in Marriage and Family Therapy3
MFT 5040Human Sexuality3
MFT 5900Seminar and Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy3-6
Total Credits15-18