AGS Marriage and Family Therapy program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

AGS Marriage and Family Therapy program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

MFT Program Mission

The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy program is to prepare students to provide ethical, culturally informed relationally based mental health services to a diverse range of clients in a variety of mental health settings. The program prepares students for this work from a community embedded, practitioner focused model of systemic and Adlerian informed family therapy.

Program Goals

 

The MFT program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and has been since 1991. We have identified Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes that align with our program mission.

The program goals are informed by the Professional Marriage and Family Therapy Principles (PMFTPs), which include:

  • The AAMFT Code of Ethics (2015);
  • The MFT Core Competencies;
  • The AMFTRB Examination Domains, Task Statements, and Knowledge Statements; and
  • The requirements for Licensure for Marriage and Family Therapists in the State of Minnesota.

 

Goals, Outcomes, Targets and Benchmarks

In alignment with our Mission Statement, the MFT Program present the following goals, student learning outcomes (SLOs) and associated achievement target and benchmarks:

 

Program Goal 1:  Knowledge

The program will teach its students the broad spectrum of systemic/relational theories and treatment interventions.

SLO 1: Students will demonstrate comprehension of the MFT specific models, theories, and treatment interventions.

Targets & Benchmarks:

  1. 80% of students will earn 70 (out of 100) or better on the 541 Systems of Family Therapy final exam.
  2. 80% of students will score 2 (out of 3) in the “Conceptual Skills’ section of the Case History Presentation Rubric (CHPR) in 948 Internship.
  3. 80% of students will score 2 (out of 3) in the “Theory” section of the CHPR in 948 Internship.

 

Program Goal 2:  Ethics

The program will teach its students the AAMFT Code of Ethics and monitor application of ethics in the student’s clinical work.

SLO 2: Students will demonstrate ethical-decision making skills in their clinical practice.

Targets & Benchmarks:

  1. 80% of students will earn 40 (out of 50) or better on the 521.4 Final Assignment Rubric.
  2. 80% of students will score 2 (of 3) or better on question 14 of the CHPR in 948 Internship.

 

Program Goal 3:  Research

The program will teach its students the value of research in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.

SLO 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to find and utilize family therapy research to support relational interventions and phenomena.

Targets & Benchmarks: 

  1. 80% of students will earn 56 (out of 80) or better on the AGS Final Assignment Rubric.
  2. 80% of students will find and utilize relational research to support their interventions in AGS 543 Family Therapy Final Paper.

 

Program Goal 4: Practice

The program will introduce clinical skills and monitor student progress in demonstrating clinical skill competence in their clinical work as relational therapists.

SLO 4: Students will demonstrate beginning skills needed to practice marriage and family therapy.

Targets and Benchmarks:

  1. 80% of students will earn 8 (out of 10) or better on the Final video project in AGS 525 Essential Interviewing Skills.
  2. 80% of students will score 2 (of 3) in the Perceptual Skills section of the Case History Presentation Rubric (CHPR) in 948 Internship.
  3. 80% of students will score 2 (of 3) on the Executive Skills section of the CHPR in 948 Internship.
  4. 80% of students will score 2 (of 3) on question 25 of the CHPR in 948 Internship.

 

Program Goal 5:  Multiversity

The program will teach its students multicultural constructs and faculty and students will demonstrate cultural competency in their interactions with others including in their clinical work.

SLO 5:  The students will demonstrate cultural competence to work with diverse individuals, couples, families, and community groups.

Targets & Benchmarks:

  1. 80% of students will earn 8 (out of 10) or better on the self-assessment paper in 523 Multicultural Counseling.
  2. 80% of student will score 2 (out of 3) or better on question 19 of the CHPR in 948 Internship.
  3. 80% of students will earn 8 (out of 10) or better on question 3 in Final Paper.

 

Program Goal 6: Adlerian Foundation

The program will teach its student Adlerian principles and interventions and monitor their application in student’s clinical work.

SLO 6:  The students will integrate Adlerian theory, principles, and interventions into their systemic/relational work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. 

Targets & Benchmarks:

  1. 80% of students will earn 8 (out of 10) or better answering questions 4 in 547 Final Paper.
  2. 80% of students will score 2 (of 3) in the Adlerian Integration section on CHPR in 948.

 

Program Goal 7:  Professionalism & Self-of-the-Therapist

The program will teach student about professionalism befitting an MFT and provide opportunities to evaluate the impact of self-of-the-therapist.

SLO 7:  Students will demonstrate MFT professional behavior when interacting with peers, faculty, site supervisors, and clients.

Targets & Benchmarks:

  1. 80% of student will earn 2 (of 3) on the Disposition Form as a self-assessment in 547.
  2. 80% of student will earn 2 (of 3) on the Disposition Form completed by a peer in 948.
  3. 80% of student will earn 2 (of 3) on the Disposition Form completed by the instructor in 948.
  4. 80% of student will earn 2 (of 3) on the Disposition Form as an instructor assessment in 949.

SLO 8:  Student will demonstrate awareness of self-of-the-therapist and the impact to clinical work.

Targets & Benchmarks:

  1. 80% of student will earn 12 (out of 15) or better answering self-of-the-therapist questions in 547 Special Project.
  2. 80% of student will score 2 (of 3) or better on question 17 and 18 of the CHPR in 948.

 

Program Goal 8:  Graduation

The program will prepare students for graduation and monitor student progress.

SLO 9:  Students will complete the MFT Program and graduate timely.

Targets & Benchmarks:

  1. 50% of students admitted to the program will graduate within the advertised period.
  2. 65% of students admitted to the program will graduate prior to the 7 year rule.

 

Program Goal 9:  Employment

The program will prepare students for employment as an entry-level mental health professional.

SLO 10:  Graduates will find employment in the mental health field (or related field) or achieve acceptance into another higher education program.

Targets & Benchmarks:

  1. 80% of graduates will find entry-level employment in the mental health field or related field as self-identified in the graduate survey.

 

Program Goal 10:  National Exam

The program will prepare its graduates to sit for and pass the national AMFTRB exam.

SLO 11:  Graduates will sit for and pass the national AMFTRB exam.

Targets & Benchmarks:

  1. 75% of graduates who sit for the national MFT exam will pass their exam as self-reported on the graduate survey.