About Our Program
Oregon Tech is pleased to announce a new graduate program for individuals who wish to become skilled mental health care professionals: Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MSMFT). The first cohort of students will start coursework in September 2016.
A three year program, the MSMFT is offered on the Klamath Falls campus in beautiful Southern Oregon with a course schedule designed for working adults: evening and weekend classroom courses, online courses, and courses with mixed classroom and online components. Experienced faculty and clinical supervisors help students advance personal, intellectual and professional development through rich course content, structured activities and supervised field experiences.
Oregon Tech's MSMFT Program is Unique
Mental Health Care in Underserved and Rural Areas
Mental health care needs in rural areas, like southern Oregon, provide unique challenges that require unique solutions. Oregon Tech's MS in Marriage and Family Therapy emphasizes the development of the knowledge and skills required to provide mental health care services in rural areas that are often challenged by geography, economic issues, and quickly changing demographics.
In addition to learning from course work, students work directly with community based family service agencies as Program Assistants from the very beginning of the program, learning by doing, from experienced administrators, therapists and clinical supervisors, about being marriage and family therapists.
Graduate Assistantships in Family Service Agencies
The Marriage and Family Therapy program offers graduate assistantships, called Program Assistantships (PA's). PA's are placed in local community mental health care and family service agencies, and receive a tuition waver and monthly stipend.
Post Grad Support
Oregon Tech's MSMFT program is unique in its commitment to support graduates, through completion of post graduate clinical hours and licensing exams.
In Oregon Tech's MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, students will:
- Become well prepared for foundational MFT clinical practice in diverse community settings such as agencies, schools, healthcare entities, and independent practice
- Study with skilled and enthusiastic professors who have extensive clinical experience
- Work as Program Assistants in local mental health care settings – beginning with the first class and continuing throughout the program
- Learn about being a mental health care professional directly from clinical supervisors and therapists working in community agencies
- Develop skills particular to the challenges and rewards that are unique to providing mental health care services in rural areas
- Become ethically knowledgeable and skilled, with particular emphasis on the development of practical knowledge required to recognize and work effectively with issues of social and cultural diversity
- Learn through a comprehensive curriculum that exceeds the regulatory requirements of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
- Be supported by Oregon Tech faculty and clinical supervisors during post graduate clinical work and licensing exam preparation
- Embrace personal and professional development as life-long learning
Application for Admission
The first cohort will start coursework in September, 2016. The application deadline is March 15, 2016.
Application information is currently in development and will be available soon. In the meantime, please contact Dr. Adams to express your interest in the program.