Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology & Couples & Family Therapy Program (MA)
MSPP now offers two options for Couples and Family training:
The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Couples and Family Therapy (CFT)is a 60-credit program that can be completed in two years, full-time or three years part-time. Graduates will be well prepared with a strong foundation to provide therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families, as well as to agencies and communities.
The Couples and Family Therapy (CFT) Respecialization Certificate helps individuals with a clinical or counseling psychology degree obtain the necessary qualifications to pursue a license as a marriage and family therapist in Massachusetts. The respecialization certificate takes a minimum of one academic year, depending on the courses students need. Each applicant's academic background will be assessed and an individualized study plan will be created.
What makes our MSPP program unique?
Dual Track Degree:
The MA program in Counseling Psychology and Couples and Family Therapy meets the educational standards for the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions to become licensed as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Graduates of this program will have the distinct advantages of a dual track degree and eligibility to sit for licensure as both LMHCs and LMFTs. This dual track makes graduates highly competitive for employment. Students seeking licensure in other states must ensure that their degree program satisfies the requirements of the licensing board in that state(s).
Clinical Field Experience:
Our Field Education office works 1/1 with students to secure supervised training opportunities beginning in the first semester. Students engage in a minimum of 360-hour practicum and 600-hour internship experience where they will practice their skills in counseling and couples and family therapy.
One of the distinctive characteristics of our curriculum is that the program focuses on and integrates multiculturalism, differences in race, ethnicity, religion, physical abilities and differences, class, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity. Culturally responsive and respectful work with families and couples in urban and other underserved or marginalized communities will be central throughout academic courses and field placements.
Distinguished, experienced faculty mentors provide a supportive learning community for students. Click here to read about the Program Director, Jacqueline Gagliardi. Please click here to connect with her if you have any questions about the program.