Mission, Program Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes
The MFT program at UW-Stout has a distinct mission which is supported by associated program goals and student learning outcomes:
The mission of the MFT program is to assure that graduates are competently trained to become entry-level professional couple and family therapists. The program promotes a systemic-relational MFT clinical orientation, utilizes a combination of academic and experiential methods of training, and addresses the role of power, privilege, and inclusivity in therapy.
Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
Goal 1: Knowledge. The program will help students/graduates achieve an adequate understanding of professional marriage and family therapy principles so as to support them as they enter the field as practicing professionals.
- SLO 1: Students/graduates will demonstrate knowledge of principles underlying couples and family therapy including theoretical models, dynamics of couple/family interaction and human development, trauma, diagnosis and assessment, and psychological testing.
Goal 2: Practice. The program will help students/graduates develop systemically-based clinical skills.
- SLO 2: Students/graduates will exhibit clinical skills necessary for the practice of couple and family therapy including the use of self in therapy, clinical assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning and management, assessment of potential for harm to self or others, and therapeutic intervention.
- SLO 6: Students/graduates will complete the program and enter the field as couple and family therapists.
Goal 3: Inclusivity. The program will foster an environment that recognizes privilege and difference and values inclusivity.
- SLO 3: Students/graduates will demonstrate an awareness of power, privilege, and difference within therapeutic and supervisory contexts.
Goal 4: Research. The program will help students/graduates become competent consumers of research so they may maintain empirically informed practices.
- SLO 4: Students/graduates will demonstrate an adequate understanding of how research can be applied to clinical practice.
Goal 5: Ethics. The program will help students/graduates learn and apply ethical standards consistent with the practice of couples and family therapy.
- SLO 5: Students/graduates will demonstrate an applied knowledge of ethics, legalities, and professional standards related to the practice of couple and family therapy.