COURSEWORK, TRAINING, AND WORKSHOP EQUIVALENCY FORM

Marriage & Family Studies (Equivalent of 6 semester course hours) and/or (90 workshop hours) Topic areas include systems theory, family development, subsystems, blended families, gender issues in families, cultural issues in families, substance abuse, etc. All courses in this area must have a major focus from a systems theory orientation.
Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy (Equivalent of 9 semester course hours) and/or (135 workshop hours) Courses in this area should have a major focus on advanced family systems theories and systemic therapeutic interventions.. Major theoretical approaches could include strategic, structural, object relations family therapy, behavioral family therapy, communications family therapy, intergenerational family therapy, systemic sex therapy, etc.
Human Development (Equivalent of 6 semester course hours) and/or (90 workshop hours) Courses in this area should provide knowledge of individual personality development and its normal and abnormal manifestations. The student should have relevant coursework in human development across the life span, which includes special issues that affect an individual’s development (i.e., culture, gender, and human sexuality). Topic areas may include human development, child/adolescent development, psychopathology, personality, theory, human sexuality, etc..
Professional Issues & Ethics  (Equivalent of 3 semester course hours) and/or (45 workshop hours) Areas of study should include the therapist’s legal responsibilities and liabilities, professional issues and ethics as a marriage and family therapist, professional socialization, and the role of the professional organization, licensure or certification legislation, independent practice and interprofessional cooperation.
Research (Equivalent of 3 semester course hours) and/or (45 workshop hours) Topic areas may include: research methodology, quantitative methods, and statistics.
Mental Health Diagnosis  (Equivalent of 3 semester course hours) and/or (45 workshop hours) The course in this area should assist in understanding and treating psychological diagnoses related to the International Classification of Diseases and/or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Topic areas may include major mental disorders and learning disorders, personality disorders, intellectual disabilities, acute medical conditions, addictions, sexual disorders, and psycho-developmental and environmental factors contributing to disorders.