Presentation on theme: "Why MFT at BYU? Dr. Lauren A. Barnes, LMFT, BYU MFT Clinical Director"— Presentation transcript:
1Why MFT at BYU? Dr. Lauren A. Barnes, LMFT, BYU MFT Clinical Director (801)
2What is Marriage and Family Therapy? One of 6 mental health professions:PsychiatryPsychologySocial WorkMarriage and Family TherapyPsychiatric NursingMental Health/Professional Counselors
3What makes MFT unique?A family's patterns of behavior influences the individual and therefore may need to be a part of the treatment plan. In marriage and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn't just the person - even if only a single person is interviewed - it is the set of relationships in which the person is imbedded.
4What is MFT? Talk therapy—psychotherapy Specific, with attainable therapeutic goalsRelationally focusedUsually short term (12 sessions on average)Can involve individuals, couples, or families
5MFT is effectiveResearch indicates that marriage and family therapy is as effective, and in some cases more effective than standard and/or individual treatments for many mental health problems such as: adult schizophrenia, affective (mood) disorders, adult alcoholism and drug abuse, children's conduct disorders, adolescent drug abuse, anorexia in young adult women, childhood autism, chronic physical illness in adults and children, and marital distress and conflict.
6Why Pick MFT? Interest in families Want to work in helping professions Love learning about family dynamicsPull towards systemic thinkingInterest in micro-level changesWant a focus on clinical trainingWant to learn about self/own family
7What does it take to become a licensed MFT? Graduation from a graduate MFT programPost degree experience (approx. 2 years)Supervision of therapyPass the license examTurn in applicationRenew licensure regularly (CEUs)Licensure varies by state
8What do licensed MFT’s do? Clinical work in the following settings:Community mental health centersHospitalsUniversity/school settingsResidential Treatment CentersWilderness Therapy ProgramsPrivate Practice
9Why MFT at BYU? Well established (began training MFTs in 1967) Well respected (graduates sought after)Clear path to licensure (all graduates have passed license exam when taken)National Research recognitionMS and PhD programsNine experienced faculty (one of the largest faculty in the country)
10Why MFT at BYU? Stable, generous student financial assistance Diverse student employment opportunitiesComprehensive ClinicSolid clinical trainingExciting research opportunitiesGreat preparation for PhD program
11Why MFT at BYU? Training for mind and soul Growing diverse/international communityAcademic excellence across the boardMentoring/teaching opportunitiesStrong, stable financial backing in tough economic times
12What factors are weigh heavily in admissions decisions? Letters of RecommendationGPA (especially last 60 credits)GRE scoresExperience – (1) Research and (2) Human services, clinical settingFace to face interview
13Financial Support MS Students PhD Students 10 hour/week assistantship ¼ tuition scholarshipOther scholarships available (e.g. research, college)AmeriCorps Education Award OpportunityPhD Students20 hour/week assistantshipFull tuition scholarship
14What questions do you have? Program Secretaries: Kayla & Jacey Clinical Director: Dr. Lauren A. Barnes Program Director: Dr. Roy A Bean