The educational outcomes (including program, faculty, and student learning outcomes) of the Marriage and Family Therapy MS Program at The University of Southern Mississippi are based on professional marriage and family therapy principles. More specifically, these educational outcomes have as their foundation AAMFT Educational guidelines, the AAMFT Code of Ethics, AMFTRB Examination Domains (task and knowledge statements), and the state of Mississippi MFT licensure laws. The Marriage and Family Therapy MS Program’s educational outcomes are listed below.
The Marriage and Family Therapy MS Program at The University of Southern Mississippi strives to:
1. Graduate students who are prepared for employment in the mental health field.
2. Prepare students to be successful on the MFT National Exam.
3. Graduate students who will be successful in obtaining licensure as a marriage and family therapist or certification as a mental health professional in the state of Mississippi.
4. Promote awareness of and demonstrate sensitivity to diversity, multicultural issues, power and oppression.
5. Provide challenging clinical experiences through placements that expose students and faculty to a range of diverse populations presenting with a variety of mental health issues.
6. Support and promote faculty and student participation in professional development activities acknowledging the value of lifelong learning.
7. Graduate students within the advertised time period of the program
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students who graduate from the Marriage and Family Therapy MS Program at The University of Southern Mississippi will:
1. Demonstrate competence in the assessment and diagnosis of individuals, couples, and families as it relates to the practice of MFT.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of diversity and multicultural issues and advance his/her understanding of diversity (e.g., culture, race, ethnicity, gender, SES, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, religious and spiritual values, and belief systems).
3. Compare and contrast the major models of MFT and will evaluate their application in various clinical contexts.
4. Demonstrate integrity and professionalism in their interactions with colleagues, supervisors,
clients, and faculty.
5. Identify and resolve ethical dilemmas related to the practice of MFT.
6. Develop a professional identity by participating in professional development activities.
7. Identify MFT National Practice Exam strengths and limitations and develop a plan of action to enhance student’s strengths and overcome student’s limitations (in accordance FAM 663 course guidelines).
8. Satisfy the Mississippi MFT licensure educational requirements.
Faculty members of the Marriage and Family Therapy MS Program at The University of Southern Mississippi will:
1. Demonstrate a high level of competency as a MFT clinical educator and continue to advance his/her knowledge and skills.
2. Demonstrate continuing growth in their awareness of and sensitivity to diversity, multicultural issues, power, and oppression (e.g., culture, race, ethnicity, gender, SES, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, religious and spiritual values, and belief systems).
3. Demonstrate the value of establishing and maintaining a professional identity as a MFT.
4. Demonstrate integrity and professionalism in their interactions with colleagues, administrators, clients, students, and the community.
5. Participate in scholarly activities in accordance of the university, college, department, and program requirements.