Marriage & Family Therapy

Masters of Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy Concentration

 

Application Open

October 1, 2022

Term

Fall 2023

Course Duration

2 years

Degree conferred

MS

 

The Master’s of Science in Counseling Program with the Marriage and Family Therapy Option is designed to promote social justice and democracy by preparing knowledgeable and competent professional Marriage and Family Therapists. The primary focus of the concentration is to train psychotherapists who eventually plan to obtain a California Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and/or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) internship license.

Application Dates for Fall 2023 - Open October 1, 2022

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Our Mission

The primary focus of the concentration is to train psychotherapists who eventually plan to obtain a California Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and/or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) internship license. Additional units may be taken to meet the requirements for the LPCC and the MFT internship. (See BBS Sections 4980.37, 4980.41 (a)(4)&(5) for MFT and 4999.33 for LPCC.)

Possible Careers

Possible Careers

If possible, visit and talk to professional Marriage and Family Therapists before applying. Find out what they love about their work. CSUEB promotes ethical practice and encourages active professional participation and engagement.

The MFT concentration prepares graduate students for clinical work in a wide variety of settings, such as community mental health based and county agencies, schools and universities, hospitals, business and industry, and private practice.

Graduates have been hired in a wide range of agencies and businesses. Some are counselors in junior colleges and college counseling settings, Others are drug and alcohol abuse counselors in hospitals, family therapists on-site in schools, advocates for the mentally ill, therapists working with chronically ill and they elderly, child therapists in therapeutic nursery schools, assessment counselors, information and referral clinicians in employment assistance programs, individual and family therapists for police departments, grief counselors, organizational development specialists, and human resource professionals in business and industry.

  • 2 Yr. Program
  • Fall Admission
  • Hayward Campus Only
  • Courses offered during fall and spring semesters
  • Classes are during the day, evening, and on some weekends

The Master’s of Science in Counseling Program with the Marriage and Family Therapy Option is designed to promote social justice and democracy by preparing knowledgeable and competent professional Marriage and Family Therapists.

The MFT Program is committed to training Marriage and Family Therapists for clinical work in a variety of settings. The program is offered annually at the Hayward Campus.

We support the advancement of social justice, democracy, and professional excellence. This philosophy is utilized in preparing knowledgeable and competent professional Marriage and Family Therapists who engage in counseling, consultation and other psychological practices from a relational perspective. The MFT profession in California provides many opportunities to become leaders in the field and to help shape the profession.

Program and Course Structure

The M.S. in Counseling with the MFT Option is a full-time, two-year program. Courses are offered in a defined cohort sequence during fall and spring terms, during the day, evening, and on some weekends.

Cohort

A "cohort" is a group of professionals who enter, move through, and graduate from the program in the same group, at the same time. Cohorts foster learning communities where students and marriage and family therapist trainees support each other.

Faculty

Faculty members in the Department of Educational Psychology have expertise in a wide range of marriage and family therapy theories, research, and practice. These include strength-based interventions, social-emotional and cognitive behavioral intervention and assessment, postmodern approaches, multi-cultural counseling, group therapy, couples therapy, brief therapy, child therapy, and consultation.

Clinical Work and Fieldwork

Marriage and Family Therapists trainees are prepared for clinical work with people who are struggling with both normal life problems and more severe pathologies. We orient trainees to promote resilience and practice strength-based interventions. Coursework training, combined with actual practice in fieldwork and clinical placement sites, prepares Marriage and Family Therapist trainees to work from a relational perspective.

Marriage and Family Therapist trainees begin working in their placement sites during their second year of training. Fieldwork Placement sites are available throughout the Bay area.

Marriage and Family Therapy Concentration

The Master’s in Counseling offered by the Department of Educational Psychology MFT option is designed to meet the requirements of Section 4980.37, 4980.40 and relevant subdivisions of Chapter 13 regarding Marriage and Family Therapy in Business and Professions Code of the State of California. Prospective students are advised to acquire and read the laws governing MFT licensure from the Board of Behavioral Science in Sacramento.

Fieldwork experience is required as part of all Counseling programs. This requirement allows students actual clinical, assessment, and counseling experience under the supervision of department faculty and qualified licensed professionals working in the field.

Marriage and Family Therapy License

The Department does not issue licenses. Our Counseling Programs is designed to meet the educational requirements for the California State MFT License issued by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. This license requires additional experience beyond degrees, as well as written and oral exams administered by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, including 3,000 hours of supervised experience.

Candidates successfully completing the program may apply for an MFT Intern License with the California Board of Behavioral Science; additional hours and an exam are required for licensure. Please refer to California Board of Behavioral Sciences for additional information.

Prerequisite Coursework

The prerequisites or foundation coursework below (or their equivalents) are required for all students in the M.S. in Counseling program.  Please check concentration requirements for additional prerequisites. Prerequisites must be completed before beginning graduate-level coursework.  This area may require 0-11 units that are not included in the major units:

Please refer to the  Prerequisite Equivalency Course List to determine if your past courses and/or courses from others institutions fulfill these requirements.

If your institution or course is not listed, please contact the Education Administrative Office at mseducation@csueastbay.edu. Include a copy of the course description, course number, institution, and date completed. Courses 5 years or older will not be considered.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted once annually to commence studies during Fall Quarter. Students are encouraged to attend a program orientation prior to submitting and application. Information about orientation dates and additional program descriptions including a program handbook can be viewed on the Department website.

Students applying to this program should follow the university and departmental admissions procedures, including the submission of:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • University application (submitted via CSU online application)
  • Department application
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of reference
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) recommended, but not required

Prerequisites are not required for admission, but must be completed prior to start of graduate coursework in the Fall term of admission to the program.

Degree Requirements

  • Students must complete all coursework toward the degree with a grade of B or higher in each course.
  • Students must complete the University Writing Skills Test (WST) requirement.

In addition to completing the program’s required course of study, each student’s progress is reviewed quarterly by the program’s faculty. Reviews involve student’s academic and clinical progress and appropriate professional behavior.

Professional and Licensure Websites

Application Dates for Fall 2022 - Closed

Application Dates for Fall 2023

  • Department Applications Open: October 1, 2022
  • Department Applications Close: March 1, 2023
  • University Applications open: October 1, 2022
  • University Applications close: June 1, 2023
  • Transcript deadline: July 1, 2023
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For more information, please contact:

Dr. Nancy Deatrick
Phone: 510-885-3515
Email: nancy.deatrick@csueastbay.edu

Candidates may access our program handbook here.  The purpose of the program handbook is to give candidates an overview of program policies, procedures, and accreditation standards.

  1. What is the difference between school counseling and school psychology programs?

    School counseling

    The specialization in school counseling authorizes the candidate to perform the following duties:

    • Develop, plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program that includes academic, college/career, social-emotional, and mental health services.

    • Advocate for the academic, college/career, social-emotional, and mental health needs of all applicants.

    • Utilize school data to make informed decisions to address inequities in school.

    • Provide schoolwide prevention and intervention strategies and counseling services.

    • Provide consultation, training, and staff development to teachers and parents regarding applicantss’ needs.

    School psychology

    The specialization in school psychology authorizes the candidate to perform the following duties:

    • Provide services that enhance academic performance.

    • Design strategies and programs to address problems of adjustment.

    • Consult with other educators and parents on issues of social development and behavioral and academic difficulties.

    • Conduct psycho-educational assessment for purposes of identifying special needs.

    • Provide psychological counseling for individuals, groups, and families.

    • Coordinate intervention strategies for management of individuals and schoolwide crises.

  2. When are courses offered? Do you offer fully online classes?

    Our MS in Counseling with a concentration in school counseling offers a hybrid program. Courses are offered in a defined cohort sequence during fall, spring and summer semesters, during the late afternoon and evening.

    The other MS in Counseling programs are offered fully face-to-face and classes are during the day, afternoon, evenings, and some weekends.

  3. Can I apply to more than one program?

    No, you may only apply to one program at a time.

  4. Do you offer a PPS Credential-only program for applicants who already have a Master’s degree? We are working to offer a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential-only program in school counseling at CSU East Bay. This would allow applicants who already have a Master’s degree in counseling or a closely related field to pursue the PPS Credential-only. More information is forthcoming.

    Applicants who wish to obtain a PPS Credential in school psychology at CSU East Bay will need to complete the entire MS in Counseling program regardless if an applicant already has a Master’s degree. The program will not accept any transfer units from other programs.

    San Francisco State University and Saint Mary’s College both offer Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Post-Master's Credential-only programs in School Psychology. Please contact the school directly for more information regarding their programs.

  5. What happens if I can’t make it to one of the program informational sessions?

    Information sessions are an opportunity for applicants to learn about our program overview,pre-requisites, course of study, and application and interview process. If you are unable to attend one of the informational sessions, please contact Zachary Pietrantoni for questions about the school counseling program. You may contact one of the other program coordinators for questions specific to their program.

  6. What is the admission process?

    Admission is for the fall semester only. Applicants are encouraged to attend an informational session prior to submitting an application. Applicants are accepted for full-time or part-time entry into the program. Application deadline for the school counseling program is January 14.

    Applicants applying to our program should follow the university and departmental admissions procedures, including the submission of:

  7. Can I apply with any Bachelor’s degree major and work/volunteer background?

    Yes, we encourage candidates from all majors and work/volunteer backgrounds to apply. The degree must be from an accredited institution and all program prerequisites must be completed prior to starting our program.

  8. Is there a GPA requirement?

    The minimum GPA requirement for the department is 3.0.

  9. Is a GRE score required? Can I use my score from last year for this year’s applications?

    The GRE is not required for the school counseling program.

    Other MS in Counseling programs might require the GRE. Those programs may accept GRE scores within the last five years. There is no minimum score for the GRE to guarantee admission into the MS in Counseling program. The GRE will be used as an assessment tool to determine a prospective candidate’s qualification for entry into the program. You can register for the GRE here.

  10. What are the prerequisite courses and where they can be completed?

    All of the prerequisite courses (or equivalent courses) can be taken at any accredited institution, via face to face or online.

    School Counseling Program (with or without MFT option) Prerequisites

    • STAT 100: Elements of Statistics and Probability (3 units)

    Marriage and Family Therapy Program Prerequisites

    • PSYC 381: Psychopathology (4 units)

    • PSYC 340: Developmental Psychology (4 units)

    • STAT 100: Elements of Statistics and Probability (3 units)

    School Psychology Program Prerequisites

    • PSYC 381: Psychopathology (4 units)

    • PSYC 340: Developmental Psychology (4 units)

    • STAT 100: Elements of Statistics and Probability (3 units)

  11. Where can I learn more about the profession?

    Applicants can learn more about marriage and family therapy by visiting American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), reading articles, attending conferences, webinars, etc.

    Applicants can learn more about school counseling by visiting American School Counseling Association (ASCA) or California Association of School Counseling (CASC), reading articles, attending conferences, webinars, shadowing a school counselor, etc.

    Applicants can learn more about school psychology programs by visiting National Association for School Psychologists (NASP), reading articles, attending conferences, webinars, shadowing a school psychologist, etc.

  12. Why is there an interview process?

    The interview process is an opportunity for applicants, current graduate students, and department faculty to get to know each other on a personal and group level. The school counseling concentration will interview qualified applicants in three phases: (a) individual interview, (b) group interview, and (c) writing prompt.

    Other programs may have a different interview process.

  13. When and how will I be notified about an interview for the program?

    Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with current graduate students and department faculty. Applicants selected to be interviewed may be invited for an interview within 4-6 weeks after applying. Interviews are scheduled until the program is full.

  14. What is the WST- Writing Skills Test?

    The California State University system requires all applicants to demonstrate writing competency at the university level in order to receive a baccalaureate or master's degree.

    You will need to satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement (UWSR) in order to receive a degree from CSUEB unless you are exempt by one of the following criteria:

    • If you have previously satisfied the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement at CSUEB or at another CSU campus, CSUEB will accept official certification of completion if the entire requirement, as specified by that CSU campus, was satisfied and you were a matriculated applicants at the time.

    • If you have graduated from any one of the CSU campuses; unless it is noted on your transcript that your USWR was not satisfied.

    • If you received an essay score of 4.5 or higher on the GMAT or GRE or an essay score of 53 or higher on the CBEST.

    • If you pass the Writing Skills Test (WST) at CSU East Bay.

    • If you pass a first-tier writing course and possibly a second-tier writing course (if needed).

  15. What is the program of study?

    The MS in Counseling degree with a concentration in School Counseling is a 60 unit program. The program can be completed in 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time. Candidates must satisfactorily complete all coursework and fieldwork requirements to be recommended for the degree and credential.

    Candidates are evaluated on their academic performance, clinical aptitude, and professional development. Candidates who choose to complete the Marriage and Family Therapy option must complete additional fieldwork hours to be recommended for the Associate Marriage and Family Therapy (AMFT) Registration. The following program of study is recommended for all candidates completing the program full-time or part-time.

    Please note: The schedules listed above are general timeframes based on previous years’ schedules. The schedules are subject to change.

  16. Is there any advisor that I could speak to about the program?

    If you have general questions regarding admissions requirements for the programs, you can contact the Educational Administrative Office (Phone: 510.885.3011 or Email: mseducation@csueastbay.edu). For more specific questions regarding the programs you can contact the program coordinator:

    Marriage and Family Therapy Program

    Nancy Deatrick

    School Counseling (option in MFT)

    Zachary Pietrantoni

    School Psychology

    Oanh Tran

  17. Can I count towards the MFT license or PPS credential before I start the program?

    Applicants may not complete any hours for MFT licensure or PPS credential prior to entering any MS in Counseling program.

  18. Will you accept any transfer units from another institution?

    Applicants for the school counseling program may be eligible to transfer up to 9 units from another institution in some instances. We might accept transfer units if the candidate has completed a MS in a field of study equivalent to counseling or is transferring from another counseling program. We will not accept any transfer units from the Bachelor’s level. Please contact Zachary Pietrantoni to inquire about transferring units.

    Other programs may not accept any transfer units.