Catalog 2013-2014 
    May 25, 2018  
Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Couple and Family Therapy: MA, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco

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The Couple and Family Therapy master’s program at Alliant International University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) (112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone: 703-838-9808; Email:

Mission and Objectives

Provide the highest quality diversity sensitive professional education, training, community engagement, and scholarship in the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy.

  • Professional Education: We train ethical, diverse professionals to deliver competent CFT services to foster the well-being of diverse individuals, children, couples, families, organizations, and communities.
  • Diversity: We promote and advocate for understanding, honor, and respect for the diversity of human relationships with an emphasis on populations from diverse multicultural, socioeconomic, and international backgrounds.
  • Community: We actively engage a diversity of communities through the knowledge and skills of couple and family therapy to make a positive difference.
  • Scholarship: We contribute to the understanding, creation, and dissemination of couple and family therapy scholarship.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

SLO 1 Practice Foundational Knowledge and Skills: Masters and doctoral students comprehend and demonstrate CFT conceptual, perceptual, executive, evaluative, professional, and theoretical skills.

SLO 2 Diversity Knowledge and Skills: Masters and doctoral students comprehend and demonstrate knowledge of human diversity with a multicultural and international emphasis.

SLO 3 Community Knowledge and Skills: Masters and doctoral students comprehend and demonstrate knowledge of how to engage community behavioral health care resources.

SLO 4 Scholarship Foundation Knowledge and Skills: Masters and doctoral students demonstrate a basic knowledge of CFT research methodologies and scholarship.

Training Model

The Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) master’s program is offered in Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco and leads to a Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy. The CFT program provides training for a career as a professional marriage and family therapist. Students are trained to treat relational mental health issues with individuals, couples, and families from a systemic perspective. Skills are developed in the mental health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals and relationship systems. The program provides an integrative approach to the major systemic theories and interventions. The program provides the academic training for licensure as a marriage and family therapist license.  Students may include certificate in chemical dependency, Latino family therapy, and gerontology. Additionally, students may do a certificate in LGBT Human Services and Mental Health or Infant-Preschool Mental Health, both of which are done online. Certificates require additional coursework.

All requirements for the master’s in CFT at Alliant are also a part of the PsyD in CFT program. Students who complete the master’s in CFT, apply in a timely manner, and are accepted into the doctoral program may apply all CFT master’s requirements toward the completion of the CFT doctoral program.

Specialized Admissions Requirements: Credit for Previous Graduate Work

Entering CFT masters students may be eligible to receive credit for previous graduate work up to 15 hours for MA students transferring from a masters program.

To be considered for credit in our program students’ graduate coursework:
(a) Must have been taken from a regionally accredited master’s or doctoral program.
(b) Must have been completed prior to the student’s entry to Alliant CFT program.
(c) Must have resulted in grades of B or better and have been completed within the last seven years.

Procedures for transfers/waivers:
The student provides a list of the Alliant courses for which s/he is interested in receiving credit, along with course descriptions and syllabi. It is submitted in writing to the CFT site director for review/approval. Once approved it will be submitted to the registrar office for posting.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The CFT practicum program includes 500 hours of direct client contact, 250 with couples or families; students receive at least 100 hours of individual and group supervision, at least 50 hours of which are based on direct observation or videotape. During the program, the student must supplement his or her academic and clinical work with 50 hours of professional development activities. These include approved workshops, colloquia, and seminars. Twenty-five of these hours may involve personal counseling or psychotherapy with a licensed person who is not core faculty at Alliant.

Students in the CFT Masters program must pass a comprehensive exam as a part of their degree program. Students who fail the exam will be offered student-specific remediation plans to ensure they have developed necessary knowledge and competencies. These remediation plans may include retaking the exam, writing papers on specific topics, retaking classes, and/or any other elements deemed necessary by faculty based on the student’s exam performance. A student who fails to successfully complete the remediation plan by the given deadline will be referred to the Student Evaluation Review Committee for further action, including possible dismissal from the program.

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