The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pfeiffer is designed to prepare servant leaders as marriage and family therapists and agents of positive change to work specifically with individuals, couples, and families in a wide variety of work settings. The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program is to provide effective clinical and academic training to students who affirm the dignity and integrity of all individuals and who demonstrate respect for diversity through life-long learning and the competent practice of marriage and family therapy. The MFT program is intended to meet the academic and experiential requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of North Carolina, and to prepare students for the national examination in Marital and Family Therapy.
In collaboration with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Pfeiffer University MFT Program is an accredited MFT Graduate School approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). A minimum of 66 graduate semester hours and a passing grade on the MFT Comprehensive Exam will be required prior to graduation. In lieu of the exit exam, students may choose to enroll in PSYC 630 and PSYC 635 to write a thesis upon faculty recommendation and the approval of the Program Director.
Student admission to the program will be determined by a structured application process and the approval of the designated admissions committee. Rigorous clinical training will be required through the completion of a supervised practicum and internships that will require a total of 500 minimum clinical face-to-face hours (250 individual & 250 relational hours) and 100 hours of supervision during a minimum of (3) consecutive semesters. Additional semesters may be required to complete the 500 clinical hours contingent upon personal schedules.
Since Marriage & Family Therapy students must be continuously enrolled every semester, students are required to enroll in a minimum of (2) courses during each fall and spring semester,
and a minimum of (1) course during each summer semester. Generally speaking, full-time and part-time students should expect to complete the program in 3 or 4 years respectively.
The required number of clinical hours will be consistent with COAMFTE standards and the North Carolina MFT licensure. The successful completion of the practicum/internship requirements is considered to be the most critical experience in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Students will also be expected to actively identify with the Marriage and Family Therapy profession as a student member and participate in local, state, and national conferences such as AAMFT and NCAMFT. Additionally, students will be required to furnish professional (student) liability insurance during their practicum and internship experiences. To ensure that every student continues to live up to his or her potential as an evolving therapist, all MFT students will complete (10) hours of confidential personal counseling each academic year or every (2) regular semesters while they are enrolled in the program.
There are key milestones for reviewing the performance of our Marriage and Family Therapy students which are subsequent to the admissions interview, MFT practicum/internship candidacy after 21 semester hours of designated coursework, a minimum of (3) consecutive semesters of the supervised practicum/internship experience, and a comprehensive exit exam prior to graduation. Note: All staff or faculty members who serve as clinical supervisors will be approved AAMFT supervisors or supervisory candidates in the mentoring process.