Foundations of MFT
Course learning objectives are based upon the Research and Program Evaluation Domain of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Core Competencies (http://www.aamft.org/resources/MFT_Core_Competencies. The core competencies for Marriage and Family Therapy are organized around 6 primary domains and 5 secondary domains. The primary domains are:
- Admission to Treatment – All interactions between clients and therapist up to the point when a therapeutic contract is established.
- Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis – Activities focused on the identification of the issues to be addressed in therapy.
- Treatment Planning and Case Management – All activities focused on directing the course of therapy and extra-therapeutic activities.
- Therapeutic Interventions – All activities designed to ameliorate the clinical issues identified.
- Legal Issues, Ethics, and Standards – All aspects of therapy that involve statutes, regulations, principles, values, and mores of MFTs.
- Research and Program Evaluation – All aspects of therapy that involve the systematic analysis of therapy and how it is conducted effectively.