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Degree Requirements

The Family Therapy Program (FTP) requires of its students to complete a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 for the core curriculum as well as the specific requirements of the family therapy program.

The family therapy students must receive a grade of B or better over a three consecutive semesters of internship and a culminating "capstone" evaluation.


M.S. (Masters Degree in SCIENCE)

In order for the family therapy student to be considered as a candidate for graduation with a Masters Degree in Science (M.S.) a completion of 60 credit hours, with a grade point average of 3.0 or better, and fulfillment of a culminating, "capstone" experience are required.


Family Therapy Licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Students who graduate from the Family Therapy Program fulfill the academic requirements required by the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions to be licensed as a family therapist (LMFT) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  During their last semester of education, students should request an application for licensure from the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions.

Applicants for licensure must have their academic course of study approved by the Board before they can take the licensing examination, which may be taken prior to the completion of their 3,300 hour post-graduate work experience.  In addition to a complete application, applicants must submit a transcription of 60 academic credits that fulfill specific requirements.

Board of Registration

Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions

239 Causeway Street

Boston , MA . 02114

(617) 727-3080


Professional Organizations

Family therapy students are required to join AAMFT as a student member. Joining this national organization will automatically make you a member of the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

1133 15th Street N.W. Suite 300

Washington , D.C. 20005-2710

www.aamft.org

Phone: (202) 452-0109

Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

www.mamft.org

Phone: (508) 345-3600

Employment Opportunities

Community agencies, hospitals, or outpatient facilities serving families, couples or human systems from a relational perspective employ graduates from the Family Therapy Program (FTP).  Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a family therapist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after completing the following requirements:

  1.     A 60 credit graduate program at UMB, which includes specific courses designated by the Massachusetts Board of Registration
  2.     A passing score on the national licensing examination
  3.     Completion of two years (3,300 hours) of supervised employment

Once graduates are licensed, there are many job opportunities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for family therapists.  In addition, a licensed marriage and family therapist is eligible for clinical membership in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.  Since the FTP is accredited by COAMFTE, graduates of the Program receive reciprocity for their academic degree in other states that have marriage and family licensure.  A number of graduates have also become supervisors and administrators as well as Approved AAMFT Supervisors.


Commonwealth of Massachusetts Licensure Requirements for Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Licensure Requirements for Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)

Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions Requirement http://www.state.ma.us/reg/boards/mh/cmr/26203.htm

Course Requirements and FT Courses

University of Massachusetts Boston

http://www.familytherapy.umb.edu

Completion of a 60 credit program from a recognized educational institution

Successful completion of the three graduate level courses in each of the following areas:

Program requirements meet both licensure requirements for a Family Therapist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the accreditation requirements for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Education

1.   Marital and Family Studies

COU 621  Introduction to Family Therapy

COU 622 Theories of Family Therapy

COU 624  Sexuality and Intimacy in Families & Family Therapy

COU 626 Collaborative Consultation with Larger Systems

2.   Marital and Family Therapy

COU 625  Family Therapy Assessment and Intervention

COU 627  Therapy with Couples

COU 628  Contemporary Family Therapies

3.   Human Development

COU 608  Abnormal Psychology

COU 672  Substance Abuse & the Family

COU 620  Human Development & Family Life Cycle (a prereq to the program)

One graduate level course in each of the following content areas (A total of 2 courses is required):

1.   Professional Studies

2.   Research

COU 606  Ethical Standards and Professional Issues in Counseling

COU 616  Group Therapy

COU 653  Diversity in Counseling

COU 601  Research & Evaluation in Psychology

Internship

COU 698 Internship (3 continuous semesters to begin Summer semester.  Minimum of 500 Direct Clinical Contact Hours per year) - total of 18 credits