Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy
The Master’s Program in Marriage and Family Therapy is the only COAMFTE accredited program in Ohio!
Marriage and Family Therapist
Marriage and Family Therapists diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within individuals, couples, families, and groups from a relational/systemic perspective. They encourage and assist clients in developing and using skills and strategies for confronting problems constructively.
The mission of the COAMFTE accredited MFT Master’s Program is to train multiculturally-informed, clinically competent practitioners, who operate from a relation/systemic perspective. Our students will be critical consumers of research and value the importance of providing service to the community within the context of interprofessional collaboration.
Goals and Objectives
A fundamental goal of the MFT Program is to provide the education and training that prepares graduates for licensure as MFTs. Graduates are expected to use their knowledge and clinical skills as a path to careers in social, governmental, business, and industrial organizations, including schools, medical settings, universities, public agencies, and the private sector. While no program can guarantee that graduates will function as intended, it is the intent of our program to attest to a concerted core of knowledge and practice as a means of developing the identity of Marriage and Family Therapist. Of importance to, and embedded in, the curriculum is the expectation that when students complete their studies the command of the common core elements, as well as specialized curricular experiences, will allow each graduate to apply their knowledge within their setting of choice. For this purpose, the MFT Program aligns its course of study with the Ohio CSWMFT Board (cswmft.ohio.gov), Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 4757 (http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4757), and the COAMFTE Accreditation Standards: Version 12 (coamfte.org).
The MFT Masters Program is offered in a hybrid format. For the didactic portion of the program, there are two fully online classes. The remaining didactic classes are offered as hybrid, with the courses ranging from 30-70% in person and the remaining online content offered through The University of Akron learning management system, Brightspace. The online content is delivered as narrated lectures, pptx, readings, supplementary materials, and activities, such as discussion boards, quizzes, and reflection papers. The decision to offer courses either online, hybrid, or in person was based on the specific content of the courses and the best teaching practices associated with that content. The clinical portion of the program begins with in person observation and direct clinical experience at The University of Akron’s state of the art Clinic for Individual and Family Counseling. This is followed by a placement at an internship site anywhere in the state of Ohio.
Market Demand of Program Graduates
The field of Marriage and Family Therapy is a rapidly growing field, with a bright outlook (O*Net OnLine). MFTs have a 9.4% projected employment growth in the state of Ohio by 2028 (Ohio Department of Job and Family Services) and a 22% projected employment growth by 2020 across the nation, which is much faster than the average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics). MFTs have been recognized as one of the top five mental health professions by The National Alliance on Mental Illness and were ranked by the US News and World Report, in 2020, as #2 in Best Social Service Jobs and #20 among The 100 Best Jobs.
The MFT Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE, Version 12) and has been approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as meeting the educational requirements for Marriage and Family Therapist licensure.
Only a select few universities in the nation offer this type of accreditation. This accreditation means that upon graduation students have met the current standards in the field of marriage and family therapy. Upon graduation, students can elect to take the licensure exam in the state of Ohio for the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) license.