Students must complete 500 supervised clinical hours of direct client contact with individuals, couples, families, and therapy groups at approved practicum sites prior to graduation. Two hundred and fifty of those hours must be therapy with couples or families.
Students begin gaining clinical experience in their first semester in the Couple and Family Therapy Center (located at Peck Hall), through teaming and couple enrichment sessions. They carry a caseload starting in their second semester, and continue seeing clients in the Center through the summer and fall semester of their second year. During the spring term of their first year, students interview for an outside placement at an approved community site, where they also gain a year of clinical experience and supervision
Community agencies currently offering field placement opportunities for MFT students include Catholic Charities, Vera House, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Alkira Marriage and Family Therapy, The CAC Foundation, the Brownell Center, The Salvation Army, Family Counseling Services of Cortland County, Contact Community Services at Henninger High School and Syracuse Adolescent Diversion Court.