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1 WHY MFT AT BYU? Dr. Lauren A. Barnes, LMFT, BYU MFT Clinical Director (801)

2 WHAT IS MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY? One of 6 mental health professions : One of 6 mental health professions : Psychiatry Psychiatry Psychology Psychology Social Work Social Work Marriage and Family Therapy Marriage and Family Therapy Psychiatric Nursing Psychiatric Nursing Mental Health/Professional Counselors Mental Health/Professional Counselors

3 WHAT 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. 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.

4 WHAT IS MFT? Talk therapy—psychotherapy Talk therapy—psychotherapy Specific, with attainable therapeutic goals Specific, with attainable therapeutic goals Relationally focused Relationally focused Usually short term (12 sessions on average) Usually short term (12 sessions on average) Can involve individuals, couples, or families Can involve individuals, couples, or families

5 MFT IS EFFECTIVE Research 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. Research 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.

6 WHY PICK MFT? Interest in families Interest in families Want to work in helping professions Want to work in helping professions Love learning about family dynamics Love learning about family dynamics Pull towards systemic thinking Pull towards systemic thinking Interest in micro-level changes Interest in micro-level changes Want a focus on clinical training Want a focus on clinical training Want to learn about self/own family Want to learn about self/own family

7 WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A LICENSED MFT? Graduation from a graduate MFT program Graduation from a graduate MFT program Post degree experience (approx. 2 years) Post degree experience (approx. 2 years) Supervision of therapy Supervision of therapy Pass the license exam Pass the license exam Turn in application Turn in application Renew licensure regularly (CEUs) Renew licensure regularly (CEUs) Licensure varies by state Licensure varies by state

8 WHAT DO LICENSED MFT’S DO? Clinical work in the following settings: Clinical work in the following settings: Community mental health centers Community mental health centers Hospitals Hospitals University/school settings University/school settings Residential Treatment Centers Residential Treatment Centers Wilderness Therapy Programs Wilderness Therapy Programs Private Practice Private Practice

9 WHY MFT AT BYU? Well established (began training MFTs in 1967) Well established (began training MFTs in 1967) Well respected (graduates sought after) Well respected (graduates sought after) Clear path to licensure (all graduates have passed license exam when taken) Clear path to licensure (all graduates have passed license exam when taken) National Research recognition National Research recognition MS and PhD programs MS and PhD programs Nine experienced faculty (one of the largest faculty in the country) Nine experienced faculty (one of the largest faculty in the country)

10 WHY MFT AT BYU? Stable, generous student financial assistance Stable, generous student financial assistance Diverse student employment opportunities Diverse student employment opportunities Comprehensive Clinic Comprehensive Clinic Solid clinical training Solid clinical training Exciting research opportunities Exciting research opportunities Great preparation for PhD program Great preparation for PhD program

11 WHY MFT AT BYU? Training for mind and soul Training for mind and soul Growing diverse/international community Growing diverse/international community Academic excellence across the board Academic excellence across the board Mentoring/teaching opportunities Mentoring/teaching opportunities Strong, stable financial backing in tough economic times Strong, stable financial backing in tough economic times

12 WHAT FACTORS ARE WEIGH HEAVILY IN ADMISSIONS DECISIONS? Letters of Recommendation Letters of Recommendation GPA (especially last 60 credits) GPA (especially last 60 credits) GRE scores GRE scores Experience – (1) Research and (2) Human services, clinical setting Experience – (1) Research and (2) Human services, clinical setting Face to face interview Face to face interview

13 FINANCIAL SUPPORT MS Students MS Students 10 hour/week assistantship 10 hour/week assistantship ¼ tuition scholarship ¼ tuition scholarship Other scholarships available (e.g. research, college) Other scholarships available (e.g. research, college) AmeriCorps Education Award Opportunity AmeriCorps Education Award Opportunity PhD Students PhD Students 20 hour/week assistantship 20 hour/week assistantship Full tuition scholarship Full tuition scholarship AmeriCorps Education Award Opportunity AmeriCorps Education Award Opportunity

14 WHAT QUESTIONS DO YOU HAVE? Program Secretaries: Kayla & Jacey Clinical Director: Dr. Lauren A. Barnes Program Director: Dr. Roy A Bean


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