Master of Science in Family Therapy

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All degree plans are developed in consultation with the student’s advisory committee and are based on current departmental requirements as well as individual student needs and objectives. No grade below B is accepted toward the master’s degrees described below.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

57 semester credit hours (thesis or non-thesis option)

Required

Courses in family therapy (30 hours), research (6 semester credit hours), plus a minimum of 12 semester credit hours of clinical internship specified in degree plan. Students must also pass the Family Therapy M.S. final exam.

Passing a criminal background check may be required by TWU and/or certain facilities associated with the required clinical work or for certifications/licensures. If students are unable to be cleared on any of these requirements, they may not be eligible to continue in the program or become certified/licensed.

Final Examination

Family Therapy requires a final exam. This examination may be repeated if deemed appropriate by the student’s advisory committee, with the approval of the chair of the department.

Criminal Background Check

Passing a criminal background check may be required by TWU and/or certain facilities associated with the required clinical work or for certifications/licensures. If students are unable to be cleared on any of these requirements, they may not be eligible to continue in the program or become certified/licensed.

Master of Science in Family Therapy Program of Study (57 semester credit hours)

Foundations of Family Therapy Theory and Practice
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development (must be completed before begining Internship)3
FS 5023Family Sexuality (face-to-face class format only)3
FS 5123Theories of the Family3
FS 5353Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Counselors (must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 5553Principles of Couple Therapy (must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 5563Family Therapy I (must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 5853Family Systems (must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 5883Family of Origin (must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 6233Issues and Ethics in Professional Development (must be taken at TWU and must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 6323Health, Illness, and Families3
Foundational Practice Experience
FS 5363Prepracticum (must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 5544Internship in Family Therapy4
FS 5544Internship in Family Therapy4
FS 5544Internship in Family Therapy (must complete a minimum of 3 consecutive semesters)4
Research
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
FS 5193Statistics for Research in Family Sciences3
Non-thesis Option
Select 6 semester credit hours as agreed upon by student's advisory committee. Choices include:6
Grief and Bereavement
Child Growth and Human Development in Early Childhood
Adolescents in the Family
Psychological Appraisal of the Individual
Group Counseling Procedures (Students must complete an application for this course and be approved during the semester preceeding enrollment. Must enroll in Family Therapy section only.)
Multicultural Counseling
Aging in Families and Society
Child Guidance
Family Economics
OR Thesis Option
Thesis
Thesis
Total Semester Credit Hours57

Grading Specific to the Family Therapy Program

As stated earlier, all Family Therapy students are required to earn grades of "B" or better in all graduate courses.  If less than a "B" is earned, students must retake the course the next available semester the course is offered.  If a student earns two non-passing grades in any courses during their program, they will be removed from the program.  Even though students have retaken a course and earned a passing grade for one (1) course, it does not negate the consequence associated with this two non-passing grades requirement.