This degree is offered by AU New England.
People are complex beings embedded within complicated systems of relationships. You examine the relationships that exist between your clients and their partners, coworkers, friends, and families to learn about their emotional health, physical health, social life, and community involvement. At Antioch University New England, you study systemic, feminist, and postmodern theories for application in clinical settings. Our students are trained to systemically work with individuals and couples and families of all configurations.
Antioch University New England’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). This specialized professional accreditation ensures students that the program meets national standards not just state or regional standards for marriage and family therapy education.
AUNE’s MA in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program utilizes a low-residency format, designed to be completed in just under three years (33 months) of full-time enrollment. Students have one full year of course work before beginning their practicum and internship experiences in years two and three. Face-to-face learning experiences, i.e. residencies, are what distinguish a low-residency format from a traditional online program.
The Residencies are intense learning opportunities combining seminars, workshops, guest lectures, advising sessions, peer discussions, and student presentations. They take place a total of six times throughout the three year program (three during the first year, two in the second, and one during the third). The first residency in the fall is a five-day residency (plus travel days) that takes place on the Keene, NH campus, while the other two residencies, in early January and June, take place over four to five days in different locations around the country. Residencies are designed to build life-long learning communities and professional relationships.
Between Residencies, you will be working on course material both synchronously and asynchronously; i.e. you will have “live” classes via video software, and you will also have assignments that are completed at your own pace (readings, forum postings, papers, etc.). During the practicum and internship experience, students will be required to attend weekly supervision meetings via video and/or voice conferencing software, in addition to attending on-site supervision at their practicum and/or internship site. Students get the best of both worlds: convenient connection to professors and classmates via online and video learning, and face-to-face training during the residencies.
Program Length — 61 credits
The MFT-MA full-time program is designed to be an eight-semester (fall-spring-summer-fall-spring-summer-fall-spring) program
The MA in MFT program starts in the fall semester each year, with a spring entry option. Students enter as cohorts, collaborative learning groups that move through the program together. Each course in the program has a residency component and an online component. Students take a number of core courses on topics in
- postmodern theories of MFT
- intra-familial violence
- family dynamics
- research methods
- couples therapy
- families and larger systems
- human development
- foundational theories of MFT
- sexuality and sex therapy
Students also have the opportunity to work on an area of focus in their third year through electives. Currently we have three focus areas in Counseling Military Personnel and Their Families, Addictions Counseling, and Counseling in Trauma.
Year One: students take the majority of the core MFT classes.
Year Two: students continue their traditional coursework, while also engaging in clinical work through a practicum experience. Students may choose to complete their practicum near their place of residence or at the Antioch University Couple and Family Therapy Institute in Keene, NH where they can receive live and video supervision from an AAMFT Approved Supervisor or Supervisor Candidate.
Year Three: students will have a 12-month internship placement located close to their homes. Students will also take one elective course per semester in a focused area of study. Because students complete the majority of the coursework during the first two years of the program, they have more room to focus on their internship during this third year.
Current Focus Area Offerings:
- Addictions Counseling
- Counseling in Trauma
- Counseling Military Personnel and Their Families
Students will accrue a minimum of 500 face-to-face client contact hours in the MFT program, with at least half of these hours being relational (involving couples and/or families).
Fall Semester I (residency in early Fall):
- Foundational Theories in MFT
- Professional Orientation & Ethics
Spring Semester I (residency in early Spring):
- Postmodern Approaches to Family Therapy
- Social/Cultural Diversity
- Human Development: Lifespan & Systems (International option)
Summer Semester I (residency in early Summer):
- Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy
- Couples Therapy from a Systemic Perspective
Fall Semester II (residency in early Fall):
- Family Counseling Approaches to Addictions
- Special Issues in Family Therapy: Domestic Violence and Larger Systems
- MFT Practicum I
Spring Semester II (residency in early Spring):
- MFT Seminar: Family Studies
- Research & Evaluation for Counseling & Therapy
- MFT Practicum II
- MFT Internship I
- Elective Course I
- MFT Internship II
- Elective Course II
Spring III (residency in early Spring):
- MFT Internship III
- Elective Course III
Upon completion of post-graduate clinical requirements, graduates of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program are eligible for American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) clinical membership and licensure or certification. Graduates’ self-reported, five-year pass rate on the national MFT licensure exam is 98%. The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Antioch University New England is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
- Students will demonstrate clinical competency in MFT practice.
- Students demonstrate conceptual and theoretical skills in applying MFT models
- Students demonstrate basic counseling executive skills, including joining and the development of therapeutic alliance with clients and client systems
- Students will demonstrate competency in assessment and diagnosis
- Students will demonstrate professionalism, and understanding and application of ethical codes and principles in MFT practice.
- Students will demonstrate application of broader knowledge bases to MFT practice and content areas, including:
- Human development and Family Studies
- Working with groups and families in larger systems
- Human sexuality and sex therapy
- Family therapy with substance abuse
- Intrafamilial violence
- Students will demonstrate ability to critique and utilize MFT research and program evaluation.
- Students will demonstrate attention to issues of diversity and social justice across domains of MFT practice.
- For Spring Entry: December 1
- For Fall Entry: July 1
How to Apply
- Complete the online admissions application, including:
- Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
- Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
- Non-refundable $50 application fee
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
- Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
- There are additional requirements for International applicants and applicants without a Bachelor’s degree
- Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
- Master’s and Certificate Programs do not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.
Official transcripts should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516
All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
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As a Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accredited doctoral program, we are required to report a number of student achievement criteria on our website.
Social justice informs our thinking about training in the PhD program. We see social justice in Marriage and Family Therapy education as involving the following key concepts:
- Social justice implies an explicit action orientation.
- Social justice involves understanding diversity of people and families:
- Diversity includes ability, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and country of origin, age, social class, religion, and gender (that is, systems that affect individual and family access to power and resources). Particular focus is on underserved and high-risk families.
- Diversity also includes diverse family structures, including extended kinship networks, gay and lesbian families, step-families, etc.
- Social justice has policy implications-therapists working from a social justice perspective work to effect supportive family policy that recognizes diversity and improves resiliency, and have a responsibility to participate in social and political systems affecting families.
- Social justice involves recognizing that social and legal systems affect people we work with
- Social justice researchers have a responsibility to do socially informed research, which is sensitive to diversity.
- Social justice clinical practice is focused on helping diverse families and contributes to the positive development of these families and their communities.
Diversity is defined in terms of differences between groups of people with respect to structural disadvantage and systemic marginalization. These differences are related to such factors as gender, sexual identity, social class, ethnicity, race, religion, spirituality, age, health/ability, immigrant status, etc.
“To foster socially proficient couples and family therapists, we integrate all courses and clinical work with themes of social justice and diversity. One of our program’s top priorities is training diverse therapists here, who will become agents of change within their own communities.” Dr. Lucille Byno, Director, MFT Program
Diversity at Antioch University
Antioch University as a system is committed to issues of social justice and diversity. To this end, we work to support diversity in as many ways as we can within the program. However, Antioch University New England is located in an area with very little racial diversity (New Hampshire is 94% White and Keene is nearly 95% White). As a result, our faculty, supervisors, and students largely represent the area demographics in terms of racial diversity. However, because our clinical sites are located all over New England, many of our students work with families from a wide range of socio-economic statuses and religious backgrounds, and in some of the urban areas, immigrant groups.
Our department faculty includes White women and men who are heterosexual, lesbian, disabled, and multi-generational.
Our adjunct faculty and field supervisors are fairly evenly split in terms of gender and are mostly White, with one or two Latino and African American supervisors, depending upon the yearly distribution of clinical sites.
Our student body in the master’s program is predominantly female (about 85%) and mostly White at this time, but again it reflects a diversity of socio-economic backgrounds, religious backgrounds, and sexual orientations. One aspect of diversity in our student population is age diversity, which has run from 22 to 68 years old. Our doctoral program student body tends to be very diverse and includes African American, Vietnamese American, Iranian American, Korean, and Turkish students.