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Fifteen of the 60 required credits are clinical experiences that involve a combination of work in an agency setting and at the Family Clinic. All clinical requirements are consistent with those set forth in the 1995 Connecticut MFT licensing bill. A minimum of 500 hours of clinical contact are required in the program. A minimum of 250 hours must be face-to-face with couples and families. Group and individual supervision must be a part of clinical experiences. Supervision must be provided by an AAMFT-approved        supervisor who is a licensed MFT.     


The goal of the clinical experience is to provide opportunities for students to practice and integrate theory, style, and skills as marriage and family therapists. General goals include:    


  1. Professional use of self as a change agent
  2. Maintenance of an active client case load
  3. Integration of Structural Family Therapy into practice
  4. Knowledge of the marriage and family therapy code of ethics and utilization into practice
  5. Written and oral communication skills
  6. Professional presentation
  7. Active participation in Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy at the student level           
  8. Awareness of student role in group process
  9. Appreciation of differences amongst people
  10. Knowledge of marital and family therapy literature
  11. Knowledge of methodology of case management
  12. Accounting of supervised experience and training

In their clinical experience on campus students are required to maintain an ongoing case load that includes supervised visits, anger management groups, individuals, couples, and families. A minimum of 50 hours of relational therapy must be performed with live  one-way mirror supervision