Program Overview

The MFT program curriculum blends rigorous and collaborative classroom learning with action through community mental health fieldwork opportunities as diverse as the city we call home. 

Program Highlights

  • An intensive two-year format (SF campus only) as well as a less condensed three-year format
  • In-depth coursework in community mental health where students have an opportunity to provide services and interact with consumers
  • A focus on a community mental health recovery and wellness approach to serving clients and providing treatment options
  • A curriculum that attends to the mental health needs of diverse cultures and communities
  • Emphasis on incorporating evidence based practices and client strengths
  • Collaborative cohort learning that facilitates future support, resources, and continued networking opportunities after graduation and licensure
  • Small class sizes
  • University-wide supportive services and opportunities to collaborate with instructors
  • Many program instructors that are practicing mental health clinicians
  • Comprehensive clinical fieldwork placement and supervision
  • Courses in theory, counseling, skill development and trauma and crisis counseling to support growth as future therapists

Program Delivery

  • 60-credit program with classes in the fall, spring, and summer semesters
  • Cohort-based model with fall entry dates
  • Education and training consistent with California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) educational requirements for marriage and family therapists and professional clinical counselors
  • SF campus: Late afternoon (3:45–6:15 p.m.) and evening (7:20–9:50 p.m.) weekday classes with some Saturday sessions
  • Santa Rosa, Sacramento, and San Jose campuses: Late afternoon (4–10 p.m.), one day a week with some Saturday classes
  • During their third year, students enter a traineeship with Bay Area community-based and school-based partners. These organizations emphasize their services, mission, and training, providing students with important industry information and opportunities to apply for internships.

Program Formats

Students can choose between the MFT's 3-Year (8 semester) program and an accelerated, more intensive 2-year (7 semester) program. The 2-year intensive program is at the SF campus only.

3-year FORMAT

  • Well suited for students who might not have a psychology or mental health background.
  • Would be a good fit for students who would like a program that is less accelerated or who work full time.

2-Year Format

  • Well suited for students who have a background in psychology, social or mental health services. This may include educational background, and/or volunteer or work experience in the field or a related area. 
  • Well suited for those who do not need to work full time. Given the time demands of the 2-year program, full time employment will not be possible especially in the second year of the accelerated program.