Preparation for the Job Market
What Does the Program Prepare a Student For?
MFTs are licensed by the State of Connecticut after completing intensive post-graduate clinical work and supervisory requirements and passing a state exam. Such licensure permits the collection of third-party (insurance) payments (i.e., "vendorship"), protects therapist-client privilege, and provides a standard of excellence and accountability to the profession. Application for licensure is made to the State of Connecticut, and information can be obtained either through the purchase of the CT Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's (CAMFT) Directory and Handbook, or by contacting the state of Connecticut Department of Health.
In addition, MFTs often pursue Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), which sets external standards for excellence and accountability in the field (see page 21). The Master's program at CCSU meets all academic requirements for AAMFT Clinical Membership. Persons with a minimum of a Master's degree who applying for Clinical Membership typically must complete 1,000 clinical contact hours under supervision of an AAMFT Approved Supervisor at a ratio of one hour of supervision to every five clinical contact hours (50% of which must be with couples and families). Because of the program's accreditation with AAMFT, all internship clinical and supervisory hours can be applied toward these "post-degree" requirements. Details can be found in the CAMFT Directory and Handbook. Applications for student membership can be obtained through the CCSU MFT program or by contacting AAMFT directly at (202) 452-0109.
Typical Jobs of MFT Graduates From CCSU - Where Will Jobs be Found Upon Graduation?
MFTs find employment in a wide variety of settings. Graduates of the CCSU MFT program can be found working in mental health facilities (outpatient and inpatient), hospitals, managed care centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, outpatient medical facilities, schools, family service agencies, family preservation programs, alternative incarceration programs, and private practice. Our MFT graduates work with a wide variety of populations, spanning the full range of the life cycle, and across many treatment populations. Other innovative employment possibilities for MFTs include such diverse settings as management consultation firms, courts, law offices, alternative health or holistic treatment settings, social welfare programs, and any other setting in which the systemic approach may lend itself to assist in the delivery of human services.