Marriage and Family Therapy Degrees Online

Program Handbook 

The Program Handbook for the Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy program is designed to serve as a guide that provides you with applicable information that can help you succeed in your goal of becoming a marriage and family therapist. You will find policies and forms related to program admission, confidentiality, student progress and retention, graduation, program learning outcomes, the organizational structure of the program, specific program requirements, discussion on pursuing licensure, and other relevant program documents. It is a supplement to, but not a substitute for, the Northcentral University Catalog. Click Here to access a web-based version of the handbook. 

Note: While the requirements and procedures used in the MA MFT program are outlined completely in the Program Handbook, some aspects of the doctoral program have not been clarified in this document. We are working on a revised version of the Program Handbook that clarifies the unique aspects of training that exist in the doctoral program. The revised version will be released soon. 

Program Educational Outcomes

Northcentral University’s Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) programs have specific Educational Outcomes (EO) that are designed to support the mission, philosophy, goals and objectives of the MFT program and those of Northcentral University. The MFT Educational Outcomes are designed to help you master the basic, but essential competencies that can help you make a difference in the lives of those families and individuals you serve, such as an understanding and respect for cultural diversity, systems knowledge, application of systemic theories and clinical skills, and the ethical practice of MFT. The EOs are reviewed on a regular basis and revised to reflect professional marriage and family therapy principles, educational guidelines, the needs and input from communities of interest, and the advancement of the program and the MFT profession.

The program faculty has established the following twelve (12) Educational Outcomes. These Educational Outcomes are comprised of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), Faculty Outcomes (FOs) and Program Outcomes (POs). The EO linkage chart (Educational Outcome Linkage Chart) provides a visual representation of how these outcomes link to and support one another, and are congruent with the missions of the program and the University.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of family systems oriented models of therapy (SLO #1).
  • Students will apply family systems oriented clinical skills across a variety of contexts (SLO #2).
  • Students will demonstrate an applied knowledge of the AAMFT Code of Ethics (SLO #3).
  • Students will advance their understanding of systemic dynamics within diverse client populations (SLO #4).

Faculty Outcomes (FO)

  • Faculty will actively pursue professional development that enhances their ability to teach in the field of marriage and family therapy (FO #1). 
  • Faculty members will demonstrate a commitment to and respect for diversity within the field of marriage and family therapy (FO #2).
  • Faculty will be active practitioners of marriage and family therapy (FO #3).
  • Faculty will "participate in activities that contribute to a better community and society" (AAMFT Code of Ethics- Principle 6.6, 2001) (FO #4).

Program Outcomes (PO)

  • The MFT program will show a clear commitment to diversity through curriculum content and student composition (PO #1).
  • Students will successfully complete the program requirements and graduate (PO #2).
  • Graduates of the program that desire a career in MFT will be successful in pursuing a career in marriage and family therapy (PO #3).
  • The MFT program administrative faculty will pursue and achieve external approvals and accreditation of the MFT programs (PO #4).

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Program Overview FAQ's

How can I learn more about the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy?

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During Practicum and Internship, can I work in a paid placement or do I need to volunteer?

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After graduating from your MFT program, will I be qualified to obtain clinical membership in AAMFT?

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