The Marriage and Family Therapy program offers a master of science degree and a graduate certificate. The M.S. degree program in marriage and family therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Marriage and Family Therapy is a theory-based professional practice. The program emphasizes putting theory into clinical practice. This practice includes supervised clinical experiences in the on-campus Center for Individual, Couple and Family Counseling. Students complete an approved internship in the community.
Students are required to obtain 500 hours of face-to-face clinical contact through practica and internship site experiences.
The philosophy of the MFT faculty is based upon values of individual worth and dignity, personal uniqueness and value, and individual freedom to be self-determined within a context of responsibility to others. Program faculty members represent a wide variety of therapy approaches and are actively involved in research related to the profession of marriage and family therapy. Students are encouraged to become informed consumers of therapy literature and research. The program also emphasizes the importance of personal growth of the student. Since personal qualities play a vital part in the determination of success as a therapist, opportunities are provided for the development of self-awareness, as well as an understanding of the effect one has upon others in interpersonal relationships.
The mission of the MFT program is to provide quality training in the theory and practice of marriage and family therapy to students primarily from the Southern Nevada region, but also those from the state, across the country, and throughout the world. We are committed to helping students become competent professionals through developing greater self-awareness, appreciating and embracing diversity, learning the art and science of clinical practice, and promoting a sense of ethical behavior, professionalism and professional identity.
Joanne Thompson, Ph.D., Chair
Katherine M. Hertlein, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
Marriage and Family Therapy Faculty
Marriage and Family Therapy Courses
Master of Science - Couples and Family Therapy