The Syracuse University Marriage and Family Therapy Program (SUMFT) resides as a freestanding department within the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, and as part of the larger Syracuse University community. With a mission of promoting learning through teaching, research, scholarship, creative accomplishment and service, Syracuse University is driven by its vision of preparing engaged citizens, scholars, and leaders for participation in a changing global society. This vision advocates for a commitment toward creative activity and research that address emerging opportunities and societal needs.
Since 2007, twenty-five doctoral students have graduated from the doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University. The following highlights from the doctoral program cycle of assessment, and related evaluation processes, reflect the manner in which our mission to prepare clinical scholars who will advance theory, research, supervision, and/or teaching in the field of marriage and family therapy has been achieved.
The educational outcomes (including program goals and student learning outcomes) for the Syracuse University Marriage and Family Therapy Program (SUMFT) master’s degree are based on professional marriage and family therapy principles, including the AAMFT Core Competencies and the AAMFT Code of Ethics. These outcomes emphasize our focus on clinical competence, scholarship, and an obligation to awareness and integration of diversity. The following information shows the connection between Syracuse University’s mission statement, the SUMFT program’s mission statement, and our educational outcomes.
Syracuse University’s Mission
To promote learning through teaching, research, scholarship, creative accomplishment and service.
MFT Mission Statement
To educate and train clinicians, scholars, and researchers in the ethical and systemic practice of MFT with a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
SU MFT Program Goals
- Self in-Systems:To train family systems professionals who are informed by a Self in Systems perspective
- Diversity: To prepare family systems professionals who are sensitive to, and engaged with social justice issues
- Practice: To prepare family systems professionals who are competent systems clinicians able to provide services across a variety of contexts.
- Ethics: To prepare family systems professionals with knowledge and skills for MFT legal and ethical analysis and decision-making
- Knowledge and Research: To prepare family systems professionals with an educational foundation grounded in family systems theory and research
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate awareness and regulation of self in system
- Students will demonstrate engagement with cultural and contextual differences
- Students will demonstrate MFT clinical competency skills across a variety of contexts
- Students will demonstrate an applied knowledge of MFT legal and ethical guidelines and professional standards
- Students will demonstrate an applied knowledge of MFT historical, current, and research-informed theoretical information