Family Therapy Program
NOTE: UTEP does not offer a degree in marriage and family therapy. The degree is in counseling, which must be obtained to be eligible for licensure as a marriage and family therapist. Not all courses required for the degree in counseling are listed here.
Following are the educational requirements required to be licensed as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in the State of Texas, as mandated by the State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. Courses listed are those offered in the UTEP Counseling Program that would meet those requirements.
Theoretical Foundations (three hours): EDPC 5361 Family Theories (not required for Counseling M.S. or M.Ed.)
Assessment and Treatment (12 hours): EDPC 5360 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy (required for Counseling M.S. or M.Ed.) EDPC 5362 Counseling Children, Adolescents and Their Families (required for Counseling M.S. or M.Ed.) EDPC 5363 Marital therapy (not required for Counseling M.S. or M.Ed.) EDPC 5364 Family Therapy (not required for Counseling M.S. or M.Ed.)
Human Development/Gender/Multicultural/Family Studies (six hours): EDPC 5317 Human Development (required for Counseling M.S. or M.Ed.) Course syllabus must reflect addressing human development from social and interactional perspectives. EDPC Social/Cultural Aspects of Counseling (required for Counseling M.S. or M.Ed.)
Ethics (three hours): EDPC 5322 Community Counseling and Related Issues Course syllabus must reflect addressing ethical issues specific to marital and family therapy.
Research (three hours): EDPC 5310 Research for Educators Course syllabus must reflect study research and design issues specific to the study of marriage and family groups.
Internship (nine hours/12 months): EDPC 5372 Internship I, EDPC 5373 Internship II, EDPC 5373 Internship II (repeated)
Course syllabi for each internship must require marriage and family therapy interns to engage in marital or family at least 50 percent of direct contact time.
Counseling/Treatment (12 hours)
After graduation: 2,000 hours of which 50 percent must be marriage/family related treatment of which 200 must be supervised by a board-approved marriage and family supervisor.
Total Cumulative Hours: 48
Note: The courses listed below are in addition to the courses required for the M.Ed. in Counseling, except where noted.
EDPC 5361 Family Theories, EDPC 5363 Marital Therapy, EDPC 5364 Family Therapy, EDPC 5373 Internship II (repeated for additional three hours of required internship.