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Graduate Course Catalog 2013-2014

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Family Studies (FS)

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This program is offered in Durham.

Degree Offered: M.S.

Certificates Offered:  Adolescent Development, Child Advocacy and Family Policy

The Department of Family Studies offers two programs of study leading to a master of science degree in family studies: the Core Areas of Study Program and the Marriage and Family Therapy Program.

The goal of both programs is to provide students with an understanding of theory and methods relevant to child and family studies and to prepare them to work with families in therapeutic, educational, and community or corporate settings. The Core Areas of Study program has three foci: Adolescent Development, Child Advocacy and Family Policy, and Child Development. Students may elect a thesis or comprehensive exam. The Marriage and Family Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education and requires a minimum of two years of full-time study, including two summers.

The Department of Family Studies also offers a one-year, 14- to 15-credit, multidisciplinary program of study leading to a graduate certificate in Adolescent Development or Child Advocacy and Family Policy (CAFP).  The certificate program is intended for individuals who are working in the field but who lack specific knowledge about adolescence or child advocacy and family policy, as well as those who are changing careers or who are already working in related fields and need to meet continuing education requirements or desire additional academic preparation. 


Admission Requirements

Students in good standing with undergraduate degrees in any field and a specific interest in working with individuals and families are encouraged to apply.

Candidates for the master’s degree program must have completed an introductory statistics course or the equivalent as part of their undergraduate program.  If their undergraduate program did not include such a course, students who are accepted into the M.S. program must successfully complete an introductory statistics course before they graduate. (Note:  Students in the Core Area of Study program must also complete a graduate statistics course; see “Program Requirements” for the Core Area of Study .)   

In lieu of the standard UNH Graduate School personal statement, applicants to the MFT program must answer the questions listed on the department's MFT admissions website at http://www.chhs.unh.edu/fs/mftadmiss.html. Responses to the MFT questions should be submitted in numbered format, and should address each question separately and explicitly. Answers to the MFT questions should be submitted with the application (either online or in hard copy).  

Individuals applying to the Core Areas of Study and Certificate programs should submit a standard personal statement with their applications.

 


M.S. Degree: Core Areas of Study Program

Adolescent Development: This core area of study is designed to develop general competence in understanding and applying theory and research regarding adolescents within the context of their families and communities. Students are expected to participate in projects involving adolescents and to complete a practicum in a program that serves adolescents.

Child Advocacy and Family Policy: This core area of study is designed to develop general competence in understanding theory and research regarding advocacy and policy issues impacting children and families. Those accepted into the program for this core area of study are expected to complete two practica with selected state, national, and international agencies as child advocacy and family policy interns, develop expertise on at least one advocacy/policy issue, and conduct research on an advocacy/policy related topic.

Child Development: This core area of study is designed to develop an understanding of theory and research regarding children from infancy through the early school years and to prepare students to work in a variety of social science positions focused on children's family and school experiences. Students are expected to complete a practicum in a child-focused setting.


M.S. Degree: Marriage and Family Therapy Program

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program specifically prepares students to work in mental health, family service, medical, and human service settings. The emphasis is on structural, strategic, and systemic approaches to marriage and family therapy. Clinical training is provided under the direction of an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in the department's Marriage and Family Therapy Center. The clinical training emphasizes treating the individual, couple, and family in relationship to the larger systems that influence them. Supervised practica continue throughout the program. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and meets the academic requirements for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). AAMFT standards require five hundred (500) hours of clinical practice during the program. Additional hours of clinical practice under supervision will be required to meet AAMFT standards for clinical membership after graduation. See www.aamft.org for information on clinical membership.


Certificate Program

The certificate in adolescent development builds general competence in understanding and applying theory and research regarding adolescent development, with particular emphasis on the influences of families and communities. The program is grounded in an ecological approach that focuses on supporting the health and well-being of all adolescents, with special attention to using a developmental perspective to develop programs, policies, and other interventions that address contemporary risk and protective factors.

The certificate in child advocacy and family policy (CAFP) develops general competence in understanding theory and research regarding advocacy and policy issues impacting children and families. CAFP certificate students will develop competency in planning for, implementing, and evaluating family policies, as well as identifying barriers to effective advocacy and policy-making.


M.S. Degree Requirements: Core Areas of Study Program

Program requirements for the Core Areas of Study include:

1. Completion of the 12-credit core curriculum that includes FS 991, Professional Issues for Family Specialists; FS 993, Theoretical Approaches to Family Studies; and FS 994, Research Seminar;

2. Twenty-two (22) hours of coursework including four (4) semester hours of practicum or internship (FS 911C), and a graduate-level statistics course; and

3. Successful completion of a research thesis (6-10 credits in FS 899), OR a comprehensive written examination, plus eight (8) credits of approved electives in place of FS 899. 

Students in the Child Advocacy and Family Policy core area of study must complete an additional four (4) hours of practicum/internship, for a total of eight (8) hours.

Thesis Option: Students electing to complete a research thesis must write and defend a thesis based on original research. Students must earn a minimum of 6 credits of FS 899 (Master's Thesis).

Comprehensive Examination: Students electing to complete a comprehensive examination must take an additional 8 credits of approved electives in place of thesis credits. The comprehensive examination consists of a timed, three-hour closed-book portion and a one-week take-home exam.

A graduate student who fails a course must immediately attend a mandatory meeting with the instructor of the course, the family studies graduate coordinator, and, if desired, the student's adviser. If a graduate student receives grades below "B-" in two or more courses, the family studies graduate coordinator will make a recommendation to the Graduate School that the student be dismissed from the family studies graduate program.

MS Degree: Core Areas of Study Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
FS   807   Practicum   1 TO 6  
FS   808   Child and Family Center Internship   1 TO 6  
FS   809   Child Study and Development Center Internship   1 TO 6  
FS   833   Supervising Programs for Young Children   4  
FS   834   Curriculum for Young Children   4  
FS   843   Families, Schools, and Community   4  
FS   846   Human Sexuality   4  
FS   857   Race, Class, Gender, and Families   4  
FS   860   Family Programs and Policies   4  
FS   871   Observation and Assessment of Young Children   4  
FS   872   International Approaches to Child Advocacy   4  
FS   873   International Perspectives on Children and Families   4  
FS   876   Children, Adolescents and the Law   4  
FS   894   Families and the Law   4  
FS   897   Special Topics   1 TO 4  
FS   899   Master's Thesis   1 TO 6  
FS   911   Graduate Internship   2 TO 8  
FS   930   Child Development in Context   4  
FS   950   Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Development   4  
FS   991   Professional Issues for Family Specialists   4  
FS   993   Theoretical Approaches to Family Studies   4  
FS   994   Research Seminar   4  

 


M.S. Degree Requirements: Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Program requirements include:

1. The 12-credit core curriculum (FS 991, Professional Issues for Family Specialists; FS 993, Theoretical Approaches to Family Studies; and FS 994, Research Seminar);

2. Thirty-five to thirty-six (35-36) semester hours of coursework, including FS 841, Marital and Family Therapy; FS 930, Child Development in Context (or an approved elective); FS 942, Advanced Systems of Marital and Family Therapy; FS 945, Family Therapy Practice I; FS 946, Critical Problems in Family Life; FS 947, Family Therapy Practice II; FS 952, Clinical Interventions in Couples Therapy; and FS 954, Human Sexuality, the Treatment of Sexual Problems, and the Clinical Applications of Sexual Therapy; and one 3-4 credit elective approved by the student's adviser.

3. Successful completion of  24 credits of FS 898, Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum (500 hours of supervised clinical practice); and

4. Successful completion and presentation of an integrative paper and video representing the student's theory of change.

A graduate student who fails a course must immediately attend a mandatory meeting with the instructor of the course, the family studies graduate coordinator, and, if desired, the student's adviser. If a graduate student receives grades below "B-" in two or more courses, the family studies graduate coordinator will make a recommendation to the Graduate School that the student be dismissed from the family studies graduate program.

M.S. Degree: MFT Program Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
FS   841   Marital and Family Therapy   4  
FS   897   Special Topics   1 TO 4  
FS   898   Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum   1 TO 8  
FS   930   Child Development in Context   4  
FS   942   Advanced Systems of Marital and Family Therapy   4  
FS   945   Family Therapy Practice I   4  
FS   946   Critical Problems in Family Life   4  
FS   947   Family Therapy Practice II   4  
FS   952   Clinical Interventions in Couples Therapy   4  
FS   954   Human Sexuality, The Treatment of Sexual Problems, and the Clinical Applications of Sexual Therapy   4  
FS   991   Professional Issues for Family Specialists   4  
FS   993   Theoretical Approaches to Family Studies   4  
FS   994   Research Seminar   4  

 


Certificate Requirements: Adolescent Development

A certificate in Adolescent Development is awarded upon completion of: (1) a 2-course core curriculum; and (2) an additional two elective courses, one of which must be a family studies course.

Core Curriculum Courses

Abbreviation

Course Number

Title

Credits

FS  

950 

Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Development

4

FS  

995E  

Seminar & Special Problems - Human Development

3  

 

Family Studies Electives (choose at least one)

Abbreviation

Course Number

Title

Credits

FS

846

Human Sexuality

4

FS

860

Family Programs and Policies

4

FS

857

Race, Class, Gender, and Families

4

FS

876

Children, Adolescents, and the Law

4

FS

897

Special Topics (prior approval required)

4

FS

991

Professional Issues for Family Specialists

4

FS

993

Theoretical Approaches to Family Studies

4

 

Multidisciplinary Electives

Abbreviation

Course Number

Title

Credits

EDUC

810C

Youth Organizations

4

EDUC

817

Growing Up Male in America

4

RMP

805

Management and Policy in Therapeutic Recreation

3

RMP

830

Camp Administration and Leadership

3

RMP

860

Community Sports Organizations:  Administration and Leadership

3

SOC

815

Criminological Theory

4

SOC

820

Sociology of Drug Use

4

SOC

840

Sociology of Mental Health

4

SOC

876

Family Violence Research Seminar

4

SOC

975

Sociology of the Family

4

SW

805

Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice

3

SW

815

Practice with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People

3

 

Other family studies or multidisciplinary electives may be selected with adviser approval.


Certificate Requirements: Child Advocacy and Family Policy

A certificate in Adolescent Development is awarded upon completion of: (1) a 2-course core curriculum; and (2) an additional two elective courses, one of which must be a family studies course.

Core Curriculum Courses

Abbreviation

Course Number

Title

Credits

FS   860 Family Programs and Policies 4
FS   995E   Seminar & Special Problems - Human Development 3  

 

Family Studies Electives (choose at least one)

Abbreviation

Course Number

Title

Credits

FS 857 Race, Class, Gender, and Families 4
FS 872 International Approaches to Child Advocacy 4
FS 873 International Perspectives on Children and Families  
FS 876 Children, Adolescents, and the Law 4
FS 894 Families and the Law 4
FS 897 Special Topics – Families in Poverty 4
FS 991 Professional Issues for Family Specialists 4
FS 993 Theoretical Approaches to Family Studies 4

 

Multidisciplinary Electives

Abbreviation

Course Number

Title

Credits

RMP 912 Non-Profit Administration and Leadership 3
RMP 924 Grantwriting and Fund Development 3
SOC 820 Sociology of Drug Use 4
SOC 842 Sociology and Social Policy 4
SW 805 Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice 3
SW 815 Practice with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People 3

 

Other family studies or multidisciplinary electives may be selected with adviser approval.