We welcome your interest in our training program. Along with the Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy degree, we also offer two certificates, a Certificate in Marriage and Family Theory and a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. These serve two functions. First they provide an opportunity for professionals with ‘helper’ credentials (e.g. psychology, social work, school counseling) to develop a specialty in working with couples and families. Secondly they function as pre-Masters training for students to try out the program to discern whether this is the profession for them. If the decision is made to continue, all the credits accrued in earning a certificate are applicable to the Masters.
Our Masters degree is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) under Standards 11, a change from the previous standards when we were accredited. We are not accredited but will know in May 2013 whether we are accredited again. With accreditation the steps for the graduate to Pre-Clinical and then Clinical status in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) are simplified. Even without accreditation graduates can submit records of course work, clinical hours and supervision hours to be assessed for Pre-Clinical status in the AAMFT. Following further clinical and supervision hours the graduate then can apply for Clinical Fellow Status in AAMFT. This is an internationally recognized credential that guarantees membership in the Registry of Marriage and Family Therapists in Canada (RMFT).
Ours is a clinical Masters. There is no research component, and no thesis. The backbone of the training is the completion of 500 hours of direct client contact; the usual ratio is around 2 hours of supervision for every 5 hours of therapy. The result of this extensive clinical experience is that our trainees graduate with a high level of competence and confidence.
Our graduates get jobs. Even though the MMFT credential is relatively new (first graduating class in 1992), and agencies and insurers tend to cling to the ‘known’, such as psychology and social work credentials, our graduates do find employment. They are the greatest salespersons for the degree just by the skill level and competence they bring to the workplace, and thanks to them, current graduates find doors opening to them much more easily than a decade ago. The other option for our graduates is private practice; most manage this initially by looking for a part time Employee Assistance Program contract to pay the bills while building their professional reputation.
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AURORA FAMILY THERAPY CENTRE
The University of Winnipeg,
Sparling Hall, 2nd Floor,
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9