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Overview

The Master’s Degree in Family Therapy (MFT) offered by Jefferson is distinct. The Program is a unique collaborative effort between two highly-respected institutions: Thomas Jefferson University and the Council for Relationships. This is a full-time, two-year, 66-credit program which is modeled on the core  curriculum developed by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

 At the end of the first year of study, students will select one of two specialty tracks: the Sex Therapy Track or the Family Therapy Track. Both serve to develop a deep understanding of some of today’s most pressing clinical issues. The Sex Therapy Track requires two advanced courses in sex therapy, while the Family Therapy Track requires advanced coursework in medical family therapy and family violence. Each has specific practicum opportunities that bolster student learning. Admission to each track requires faculty approval.

 

Educational Outcomes

The Department of Couple and Family Therapy, in accordance with the standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education, conducts an ongoing cycle of data gathering, feedback from stakeholders, and feedback from students and graduates of the program to drive program improvement. This process allows us to assess whether we are meeting our educational goals.

The Department has developed the following Educational Outcomes to quantify these goals. The outcomes are broken down into three categories: (1) Student Learning Outcomes, which measure student learning in the program, (2) Program Outcomes, which measure the achievements of our graduates, and (3) Faculty Outcomes, which measure the quality of our faculty and clinical supervisors. As prospective students for our program, we want you to be aware of these goals.  For your convenience they are listed below.

Student Learning Outcomes:

A. Students in the program will demonstrate mastery of the theoretical and clinical knowledge needed to practice as an entry level Master of Family Therapy as measured by achieving a score of at least 66% correct on the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Board Practice Examination in either their first or second attempt. The benchmark for this outcome is 75% will achieve a passing score as indicated above and 75% will achieve at least a meets expectation score on the rubric associated with academic course assignments linked with this outcome.

B. Students will demonstrate mastery of key clinical skills required to practice as an entry level Master of Family Therapy, as reflected in the 5 domains of the Core Competencies of Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education, as measured by an aggregate score of 3 (out of 4) or higher on the department Practicum Evaluation Form. The benchmark for this outcome is 75% will achieve at least a score 3 or higher on this instrument in their final evaluation.

C. Students will learn to work effectively with culturally diverse clinical populations as measured by an aggregate score of 3 (out of 4) on the diversity subscale of the Practicum Evaluation Form. The benchmark for this outcome is 75% will achieve at least a score 3 or higher on this instrument in their final evaluation.

D. Students will demonstrate competency in critically reviewing  the scientific literature in the field of couple and family therapy as measured by a grade of Meets Expectations or better on the scientific literature review section of the Master’s Project. The benchmark for this outcome is 75% will achieve at least a score Meets Expectations or higher on this rubric.

E. Students will demonstrate competency in practicing within the scope of the AAMFT code of Ethics as measured by: 1) receiving a P on their presentations of ethical principles during their Practicum Orientation; 2) receiving a grade of at least a B on the ethics assignment from the course Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Couple and Family Therapy and; 3) receiving an aggregate average score of least 3 (out of 4) on the ethics subscale of the Practicum Evaluation Form. The benchmark for this outcome is 75% of students will achieve the stated criteria for these measures in their final evaluation.

F. Students will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with other health care professionals as measured by their aggregate team member ratings of at least 5 out of 6 on the Team Performance Evaluation and at least 4 out of 5 on the Peer/Self Evaluation in the Health Mentors Program. The benchmark for this outcome is that the mean score for students in the department on these assignments will meet the minimum requirements outlined above.

Program Outcomes:

A. Eighty percent of the students admitted to the program will graduate within 2 years of matriculation.

B. Seventy five percent of the students who respond to the Alumni Survey will report achieving licensure as an MFT within six years of graduation as measured by response to the Alumni Survey and state licensure data.

C. Seventy five percent of the students who respond to the Alumni Survey will report they have attained employment in the field of MFT or they have been admitted to a doctoral program in MFT within one year of graduation.

D. Sixty percent of the students responding to the Alumni Survey will report that they have made contribution to field in one or more of the following ways: 1) professional or lay presentation; 2) lay or professional publication; 3) achievement of AAMFT Approved Supervisor status; 4) advanced academic degree attainment in the field of MFT within six years of graduation.

E. Seventy five percent of students who respond to the Alumni Survey will report working with culturally diverse clinical populations and will also report the program equipped them to work confidently with culturally diverse populations.

Faculty Outcomes:

A. The faculty will demonstrate excellent teaching skills. The benchmark is faculty receiving an aggregate average score of 4 (out of 7) or higher each semester on the student course evaluations covering course quality, assignment quality, instructor quality, and diversity competency.

B. The faculty will demonstrate excellence in teaching diversity related issues. The benchmark is faculty receiving an aggregate average score of 4 (out of 7) or higher on their student course evaluations in the area of diversity issues covered.

C. The faculty will demonstrate excellence in supervisory skills. The benchmark is the program supervisors maintaining a 100% rate of being either an AAMFT Approved Supervisory or meeting the qualifications of being eligible to provide supervision for MFT licensure in Pennsylvania under the Pennsylvania Licensure law.

D. The faculty will demonstrate a commitment to clinical practice as measured by an 80% rate of ongoing practice participation.

E. The faculty will contribute to the field of couple and family therapy through at least one of the following each academic year as measured by a score of one or more on the Faculty Contribution Rubric: 1) professional or lay presentation; 2) professional or lay publication; 3) participation in MFT based research; 4) community service.

Program Composition

In accordance with the regulations of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and the Department’s commitment to diversity, we are providing the following data regarding the composition of our classes. This includes our students, faculty and supervisors.

ITEM CURRENT STUDENTS GRADUATES FACULTY SUPERVISORS
CLASS        
     Class of 2015 (currently 1st-Year
     students)
20 N/A N/A N/A
     Class of 2014 (currently 2nd-
     Year students)
17 N/A N/A N/A
GENDER        
     Female 32 47 6 11
     Male 5 6 5 8
ETHNICITY        
     Nonresident 0 0 0 0
     Black, non-Hispanic 2 5 1 3
     American Indian/Alaskan Native 0 0 0 0
     Asian/Pacific Islander 4 1 0 0
     Hispanic 1 1 0 0
     White, non-Hispanic 30 46 10 16

Job Placement Statistics

SURVEY YEAR GRADUATING CLASSES RESPONSES REPORTING EMPLOYMENT IN MFT WITHIN
ONE YEAR OF GRADUATION
REPORTING ENROLLMENT IN DOCTORAL PROGRAM WITHIN ONE YEAR OF GRADUATION OVERALL PLACEMENT RATE
    2013 2009-2012 28 26 1 96%