The M.S. in Psychology program at Albizu University, Miami campus, trains students to become culturally competent mental health professionals who deliver effective services to diverse populations. Three majors are offered: Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling. A dual major option is available to provide you with additional specialized training and a competitive advantage in the labor market.
The M.S. in Psychology program with a major in Marriage and Family Therapy trains you to become a systemic therapist who provides an array of culturally specific therapeutic interventions to individuals, couples, and families in public and private clinical services settings. You will develop the diagnostic skills and therapeutic techniques needed to address the dynamics of dysfunctional couples and families and to facilitate growth.
In addition to the core curriculum, the following courses are required: Theories & Techniques in Marital Therapy (PSYM658), Individual & Family Assessment & Appraisal (PSYM661), Human Sexuality & Sexual Dysfunctions (PSYM563), The Individual & Family Life Cycle (PSYM678), General Theories of Family Systems & Psychology (PSYM653), Family Therapy: Theory & Practice (PSYM562), and Mental Health Care Systems (PSYM599). The degree requirements for this major include 45 academic credits, 7 practicum credits, a cumulative GPA of 3.00, and successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination.
The program is committed to providing personal attention to your professional growth throughout the course of your studies. The faculty members are active professionals who bring to the classroom a working expertise in theories, skills, techniques, research, and practice in their fields. The program’s extensive practicum placement network offers an ample choice of sites in the tri-county area (Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach), including community mental health agencies, hospitals, treatment facilities, and schools.
Afternoon, evening, and Saturday classes make the adaptation to academic life less difficult if you hold a full-time or part-time job. Some courses are also available partially or fully online. The small student-faculty ratio enhances learning by creating classroom environments where you will be encouraged to engage in critical thinking and hone your skills to meet the needs of a diverse clientele upon graduation.
Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Florida through the Florida Department of Health’s Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Each state board sets its own requirements for licensure, although those requirements are generally similar. National certification is also available through the National Board for Certified Counselors.
Graduates typically find employment in a variety of public and private mental health services settings. These include community mental health agencies, hospitals, public and private social services agencies, shelters for special populations, inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, school-based programs, substance abuse treatment programs, hospice centers, colleges and universities, and private clinical practice.