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MFT 580 - Psychopathology 3 Credits

This course will cover the assessment and treatment of major psychopathologies of the DSM – IV- TR. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of the DSM. Students will learn about various diagnostic techniques and some psychological assessment tools relevant to the disorders studied. Psychopharmacological treatment of the different disorders will also be addressed. The role of spirituality in psychological dysfunction will be explored.

MFT 582 - Statistics and Research 3 Credits

A study of basic statistics and research methods in counseling and marriage and family therapy. This includes an overview of basic quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques in clinical research, an exploration of program evaluation and evidence-based practice, and an introduction to ethical issues in research. Emphasis will be placed on how to evaluate and critique published research, rather than how to conduct research.

MFT 590 - Counseling Practicum 3 Credits

Provides 150 hours of supervised experience by a qualified AAMFT approved ACTS faculty member. Students are required to have at least 50 hours of direct client contact (10 are group) and meet weekly for both individual and group supervision. Supervision will also include client issues that are related to diversity and power and privilege as they relate to the areas of age, gender, sexual orientation, health/ability, culture, SES, spirituality, and ethnicity. Prerequisites MFT 552 and 553

MFT 616 - Marriage Enrichment 3 Credits

This graduate course in Marriage Enrichment is designed to train students in the theory and skills necessary to conduct a marital enrichment program in Church or community settings. The course will combine significant experiential learning, lectures, readings and discussion. Students will learn a specific model of research based marriage enrichment (Christian PREP: The Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program), will receive training in the Prepare-Enrich Inventories, and learn how to implement a Marriage Mentoring program. Cross-listed as PTH 616.

MFT 630 - Counselling Diverse Populations 3 Credits

This course introduces the theory and practice of multicultural counseling and family therapy including various aspects of diversity: identity formation, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, ability/disability, and aging. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own culturally informed belief systems, values and practices. Research and class content will focus on knowledge and understanding worldviews that underlie client behavior, relationships, and resources. Ethical issues and culturally sensitive therapeutic approaches will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on integration of personal awareness, theoretical knowledge, and contextual clinical competencies. Open to counseling/family therapy students, as well as chaplaincy and cross-cultural ministry students.

MFT 660 - Marriage and Family Therapy I  3 Credits

An in-depth view on some of the major models of Marriage and Family Therapy. This course, building on several major systems approaches, will give the student a multifaceted model in which to conduct therapy. Open only to MFT students or special permission from instructor. Prerequisites: MFT 552, 553

MFT 661 - Group Counseling  3 Credits

Taught from a relational/systems perspective using key theories of group counseling and family systems models, the class will explore attachment issues, recapitulation of family of origin in the group, boundary setting, and other individual/relational dynamics that occur in group work.

MFT 662 - Career and Lifestyle Development  3 Credits

An overview of career development theories, assessment techniques and counseling strategies. Emphasis on basic tools relevant to career planning and decision making, including exploration of individual differences and the role of spiritual and cultural values in career development. Open only to MAMFT students.

MFT 664 - Ethics and Professional Issues  3 Credits

An examination of the major legal and ethical issues involved in the practice of therapy. Special attention is given to the American Association of Marriage and Family ethical standards, the laws of British Columbia regarding the practice of therapy and to uniquely Christian perspectives and responsibilities. Issues that are related to diversity and power and privilege as they relate to the areas of age, gender, sexual orientation, health/ability, culture, SES, spirituality, and ethnicity will also be addressed.

MFT 670 - Marriage and Family Therapy II  3 Credits

An advanced course in Marital and Family Therapy, this course will focus on the systemic issues of divorce, remarriage, step-family and blended family issues, severe illness and death, sexuality and intimacy as well as violence and sexual abuse. Issues that are related to diversity and power and privilege as they relate to the areas of age, gender, sexual orientation, health/ability, culture, SES, spirituality, and ethnicity will also be addressed.