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Students have the opportunity to provide direct feedback to the department regarding the needs of their cohort through participation on department committees and through representation at M.F.T. Faculty/Department meetings. Student representatives may sit on the M.F.T. Research Committee, the M.F.T. Curriculum Committee, the M.F.T. Clinic Committee and the M.F.T. Technology Website Committee. M.F.T. Department meetings will include all faculty and staff, and one student representative from each cohort (first-year and second-year classes). A student representative will be appointed to the Promotion and Tenure Committee at the discretion of the committee chair. Student representatives to M.F.T. Department committees may be from any cohort and may include part-time students. Department meetings are held monthly throughout the academic year (August, September, October, November, December (if necessary) and January, February, March, and April. Department meetings during the summer sessions are held on an ad hoc basis.

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Opportunities to receive feedback regarding academic and clinic progress and development are implemented throughout a student’s program. Formal feedback regarding clinical performance occurs in practicum meetings and annual review meetings. Meetings with assigned advisors are also opportunities to provide and receive feedback.   Master’s students participate in the Clinical Readiness Interview at the end of the first semester of Practicum and continue to receive feedback through supervisor evaluations each semester that they are clinically active. The PhD program, including faculty and students, also meet regularly (1-2 times a semester) to identify challenges and opportunities for program growth. Additionally, students are encouraged to provide feedback to the department regarding expectations, sufficiency and climate through formal (surveys) and informal (focus groups and forums) means.

Student Support Meeting and Remediation Plans:

We strive to provide students with a clear indication of their development and competence in all areas of the program. In the event that a student does not pass the clinical readiness interview or is at risk of not meeting criteria for good standing in the department (See Criteria for Good Standing in the Department Section), a meeting will be conducted as needed based on faculty evaluation and recommendation. In this meeting, an assessment of the student’s academic and clinical functioning will be made. An individualized remediation plan will be developed with the student to assist with passing the required program milestones and successfully completing the program. A follow-up meeting will also be scheduled to monitor the student’s growth in these areas and progress in the program. Where students are unable to resolve the problematic issue, they may be counseled out or dismissed from the program. (See Remediation Policy and Dismissal policy for further details).

Registration for Degree in Progress and Dual Degrees

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At least 50 hours of the total supervision of a student's clinical work must involve the use of raw data (i.e., either direct observation, videotapes, or audiotapes). At least 25 hours of this supervision will be based on direct observation or videotapes. When students are involved in the direct or videotape supervision of a group member and a supervisor is present, all of the students may count this as direct or videotape supervision. Co-therapy counts as clinical hours if both student therapists are students and share in the responsibility for the case such as making interventions in therapy, making the appointments, writing the notes, and being the contact to manage crisis situations. When the student's supervisor is the co-student therapist the hour is counted only as supervision, unless the student also has primary responsibility for the case.

Requirements for M.F.T. Supervisor

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Candidate

All official supervision of M.F.T. students must be conducted by experienced marital and family student therapists who are either A.A.M.F.T. Approved Supervisors, Supervisors-in- Training, or the equivalent(* see below). When students receive occasional supervision from persons without the necessary credentials or by persons who are doctoral students in our Program, they may not count these supervision hours on their monthly records and their client hours must be signed for by their official supervisor. All supervisors must be actively involved in clinical practice and students should have some opportunity to observe their supervisor engaged in clinical work.

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Rashmi Gangamma, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Tyler Sliker, M.A., Adjunct

Clinical Staff

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