The MACP program has identified the following as expected Learning Outcomes:
Outcome 1: Theory
Through completion of the program students will demonstrate mastery of the core theoretical formulations of the major models of individual, systemic and group counseling.
- Competency 1.a: Students will be able to conceptualize and distinguish the critical theoretical formulations of the major models of individual, marriage, couple, group, and family therapy.
- Competency 1.b: Students will be able to comprehend and evaluate a variety of individual, systemic, and group therapeutic models and demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in their application.
Outcome 2: Human Development
Through completion of the program students will demonstrate mastery of the concepts associated with the major theories of human development across the life-span as well as, the events associated with the life-cycle.
- Competency 2.a: Students will be able to analyze various theories and principles of human life span development including human sexuality, and apply knowledge in this area to assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic interventions.
- Competency 2.b: Students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize and apply knowledge in family life cycle events such as coupling, childbirth and rearing, divorce, death, remarriage, stepfamilies, aging and geropsychology.
- Competency 2.c: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the development of cultural identities and practices and will demonstrate sensitivity to diversity issues in the therapeutic context.
Outcome 3: Assessment
Through completion of the program students will demonstrate mastery of the various methods used for assessing individual, family and relationship functioning.
- Competency 3.a: Students will be able to comprehend and effectively use various tests and measures of individual, marital, couple and family functioning.
- Competency 3.b: Students will be able to effectively assess for specific issues such as child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual assault and abuse, and overall mental status using appropriate methods and tools.
- Competency 3.c: Students will be able to identify, described, distinguish, and diagnose the major categories of psychopathology and behavior disorders.
Outcome 4: Clinical Skill
Through completion of the program students will demonstrate mastery of a variety of individual, systemic, and group counseling skills and interventions.
- Competency 4.a: Students will be able to synthesize and integrate curricular learning in the areas of human development, sexual functioning, and psychopathology into the delivery of effective therapeutic interventions.
- Competency 4.b: Students will be able to apply learning in the areas of psychopharmacology, geropsychology and health issues into the development of appropriate treatment modalities.
- Competency 4.c: Students will be able to develop and apply appropriate therapeutic and intervention strategies for specific issues such as child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, and sexual assault and abuse.
- Competency 4.d: Students will be able to design, develop and implement treatment strategies that are sensitive to the circumstances of clients including, but not limited to: culture, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, personal history and larger systems issues.
- Competency 4.e: Students will demonstrate the ability to incorporate supervision and critical feedback into improving clinical practice and personal growth.
Outcome 5: Ethics and Law
Through completion of the program students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the laws and professional ethical codes pertaining to working with individuals, families and groups of all ages.
- Competency 5.a: Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively and responsibly integrate principles of the Judeo-Christian tradition with the ethical practice of marriage and family therapy.
- Competency 5.b: Students will be able to identify, describe and apply knowledge in current California laws and mandates including, but not limited to: patient/therapist privilege, confidentiality, mandated reporting of dangerousness to self and others, treatment of minors, and professional scope of practice.
- Competency 5.c: Students will be able to recognize ethical dilemmas and demonstrate the process for making ethical decisions and taking appropriate ethical actions.
- Competency 5.d: Students will demonstrate the development, acquisition and implementation of the personal characteristics required to be an effective and ethical marriage and family therapist including, but not limited to: empathy, responsibility, compassion, honesty, dependability, respect for human difference, and self-reflexivity.
Outcome 6: Research
Through completion of the program students will demonstrate master of the methodologies and practices used to conduct research and evaluation, and to read, evaluate, and apply research literature.
- Competency 6.a: Students will be able to evaluate research methodologies relevant to marriage and family therapy and mental health services including, quantitative, qualitative, and program evaluation.
- Competency 6.b: Students will be familiar with extant research literature in marriage and family therapy, will be able to critique it for clinical meaningfulness and apply research findings to clinical practice.
- Competency 6.c: Students will be able to describe the legal, ethical and contextual issues involved in conducting research.