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Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • A grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 as described below. Additional requirements may apply.
    • 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work).
    • Applicants with grade point averages lower than the stated program minimums may be considered for admission with significant evidence of academic and professional potential demonstrated by the career and/or professional accomplishments indicated in the statement of academic and professional goals, the career summary, and academic or professional letters of recommendation. Such Admission must be recommended by the Admissions Committee and department chair and must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student's academic file.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form.
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualification for the profession of marriage and family therapy.
  • Current résumé (or career summary).
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.

Course List

Required Courses — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

MF6008 - Advanced Theories of Family Therapy and Development
(3)

(3)

MF6010 - Professionalization Group I
(0)

(0)

MF6011 - Professionalization Group II
(0)

(0)

MF6022 - Family Therapy Skills
(3)

(3)

MF6024 - Theories of Family Therapy and Development
(3)

(3)

MF6032 - Psychopathology and Assessment
(3)

(3)

MF6090 - Couples and Relational Counseling Skills
(3)

(3)

MF6101 - Theories of Group Counseling
(3)

(3)

MF6200 - Human Sexuality
(3)

(3)

MF6300 - Professional and Ethical Issues
(3)

(3)

MF6305 - Basic Addiction Studies
(3)

(3)

MF6310 - Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals and Families
(3)

(3)

MF6440 - Child and Adolescent Counseling
(3)

(3)

MF6501 - Human Development: Lifespan
(3)

(3)

MF6511 - Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
(3)

(3)

MF6520 - Research and Assessment
(3)

(3)

Required Courses — 42 Credit Hours

 

Practicum Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

MF6400 - Practicum I
(3)

(3)

MF6401 - Practicum II
(3)

(3)

MF6402 - Practicum III
(3)

(3)

Practicum Requirements — 9 Credit Hours

 Some courses in the curriculum may be delivered in an online format.

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements

Prerequisites for Practicum


To be eligible to enroll in practicum, students must submit a written Petition for Practicum form. Upon receipt of the form, the student's academic record will be audited to verify that they have successfully completed a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework including MF6300 - Professional and Ethical Issues, MF6032 - Psychopathology and Assessment and two semesters of Professionalization Group (MF6010 - Professionalization Group I and MF6011 - Professionalization Group II). Students must also attend a practicum orientation meeting with the Director of Training prior to being cleared to participate in practicum.

Additional Practicum Requirements


The practicum is a required 600-hour (minimum) 45-week training experience. Practicum carries 3 credit hours per semester. All students enrolled in practicum are concurrently enrolled in a mandatory weekly, 1.5-hour practicum seminar which meets throughout each semester and is led by a faculty member.

Students are placed in a practicum and practicum seminar during the second year of study. A student may also wait until all coursework is completed before beginning the practicum experience. For registration purposes, the practicum and practicum seminar are treated as a single course (MF6400, MF6401  or MF6402). The practicum carries 3 credit hours per semester for three consecutive semesters. Credit hour is assigned on a "Credit/No Credit" basis by the instructor.

Practicum Evaluation


The practicum is the primary mechanism of applied training and evaluation in the MA in Marriage & Family Therapy degree program. The purpose of practicum training is to provide the environment and opportunity for students to apply theoretical knowledge, to implement and develop clinical techniques based on this knowledge, and to foster the professional and personal attitudes important to the identity of a marriage and family therapist. Evaluation of student progress in practicum training focuses on three areas: theoretical knowledge, clinical skills, and professional attitudes and conduct.

The foundation of student practicum training in marriage and family therapy is the accurate assessment and understanding of human clinical problems from a systemic perspective.  This assessment and understanding is the basis for the recommendation and/or implementation of effective techniques for the alleviation or resolution of these problems within a climate of absolute respect for the client. Ethical standards of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy are incorporated into student training. The Argosy University, Hawai'i program administration closely monitors academic and clinical development during all stages of progress throughout a student's graduate career. Monitoring includes assessment of clinical suitability as well as academic achievement. Aspects of student's personal adjustment, interpersonal relationships, and behavior in all settings are relevant to their progress. Our aim is to assure that students are well qualified and have the potential to become competent and ethical professionals. Students who are identified as not meeting training or professional development standards will receive a plan for remediation to help resolve identified problems. Students who are removed from the practicum site because they are not meeting training or professional standards will lose credit hours for the term and will be required to repeat the semester of practicum. They will also be referred to an appropriate committee for further evaluation and disciplinary action, including possible dismissal from the program.

Practicum Clinical Application Examinations


The refinement of criteria for clinical competency and assessment of competency are ongoing institutional concerns. Students are required to demonstrate their clinical competency at the end of each semester of practicum through the presentation of a Clinical Application Examination (CAE), which is designed to assess each student's ability to apply learning in the core curricular areas of systemic theory, human development, social and cultural foundations, ethics and therapeutic skills to an actual clinical case. Successful completion of the CAE is required before the student can progress to the next semester of practicum.

All students are responsible for being familiar with and abiding by the information contained in the Training Manual.

Comprehensive Examination Requirements


Students in the MA in Marriage & Family Therapy degree program are required to successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive Examination is an in-class, essay format examination. It covers knowledge base expected of students at the conclusion of a graduate program in marriage and family therapy and is designed to assess student's ability to use their knowledge in an integrative, reflective and critical manner to address issues relevant to marriage and family therapy. The examination covers all domains of the marriage and family therapy curriculum, including:

  • Professional and ethical issues
  • Psychopathology, assessment and case conceptualization
  • Social, cultural and human diversity
  • Interventions and clinical skills
  • Systemic theory
  • Lifespan and family development
  • Research

Prior to each exam, students will be given materials to help them prepare for the exam.

Students must successfully complete all required courses, excluding the practicum, in order to take the Comprehensive Examination. Courses transferred from another institution are considered successfully completed. Students taking the Comprehensive Examination must be students in good academic standing, having a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students are required to turn in a completed Application for Comprehensive Examination at least two months before they intend to take the exam.

Students must pass all four questions in order to receive a "Full Pass" for the examination. Students who pass at least two of the four examination questions will receive a "Conditional Pass" for the examination. Students receiving a "Conditional Pass" will be given the opportunity to remediate the question(s) they failed.

Students must pass all questions on remediation in order to earn a full pass for the exam. Students who fail the exam, either on first attempt, or on remediation, will be given the opportunity to retake the examination two additional times. Students who need to retake the examination must do so at the time of the next regular administration at their program site. They may also retake the examination at another program site. A student who fails the comprehensive exam a second time will be reviewed by the Student Professional Development Committee (SPDC). After completion of required remediation, students may be eligible to retake the Comprehensive Examination. Any student who fails the examination a third time will be automatically dismissed from the program. Students are required to successfully complete the Comprehensive Examination within the maximum program completion timeframe.

Students who need special accommodations during the examination are required to request them in writing and provide any necessary documentation with the request.

Additional Course/Credit Transfer Information at Argosy University, Hawai‘i

The following courses are not eligible for transfer credit:

Non-Transferrable Courses

 

MF6022 - Family Therapy Skills
(3)

(3)

MF6024 - Theories of Family Therapy and Development
(3)

(3)

MF6032 - Psychopathology and Assessment
(3)

(3)

MF6400 - Practicum I
(3)

(3)

MF6401 - Practicum II
(3)

(3)

MF6402 - Practicum III
(3)

(3)

MF6520 - Research and Assessment
(3)

(3)

Transfer of Courses/Credit to the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Degree Program from the Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy Degree Program

Overlapping coursework in the Argosy University Hawai'i MA in Marriage & Family Therapy degree program with the Argosy University, Hawai'i Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree program will be automatically transferred to the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program for those students who are accepted for transfer from the MA in Marriage & Family Therapy degree program to the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program at Argosy University, Hawai'i.

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