The Marriage and Family Therapy program at UW-Stout has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) since 1977. It is one of the two longest accredited Marriage and Family Therapy programs in the country. Accreditation is important because it requires programs to use measures of student progress and graduate success to evaluate training effectiveness and to make changes where necessary. This goes a long way toward ensuring that (1) the program curriculum contains state-of-the-art MFT content, (2) instructors and clinical supervisors are appropriately trained and credentialed, and (3) graduates are well positioned to meet licensing requirements (since most states base their educational requirements on COAMFTE standards) and to be successful in the workplace.  

Educational Outcomes

As part of our accreditation process, the MFT program has established a number of Educational Outcomes for students, faculty, and the overall program that are used to evaluate success.  Data is collected on each of these outcomes and reviewed on a regular basis so that adjustments can be made to the program that will allow it to continue meeting its goal of training therapists who are ready to practice when they graduate.  

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will comprehend theoretical concepts underlying couple and family therapy including models of family therapy, dynamics of family interaction and human development, treatment of abuse, diagnosis, psychometric testing, and basic research principles.

  2. Students will exhibit clinical skills necessary for the practice of couple and family therapy including the use of self in therapy, clinical assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning and management, assessment of potential for harm to self or others, and therapeutic intervention.

  3. Students will demonstrate an awareness of power, privilege, and difference within therapeutic and supervisory contexts.

  4. Students will demonstrate an applied knowledge of ethics, legalities, and professional standards related to the practice of couple and family therapy.

Faculty Outcomes

  1. Core faculty will meet university expectations in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service.

  2. Faculty will demonstrate competence in the teaching of MFT students.

  3. Supervisors will demonstrate competence in the supervision of MFT students.

  4. Core faculty will maintain a commitment to growing in their understanding of power, privilege, difference, and inclusivity.

  5. Core faculty will contribute to their profession and their community.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will successfully complete the Marriage and Family Therapy program at UW-Stout.

  2. Alumni will successfully transition from the graduate program to becoming practitioners of couple and family therapy.

  3. The program will foster an environment that recognizes privilege and difference and values inclusivity.

Student Achievement Criteria

As part of the accreditation process, the program regularly tracks its progress in several areas known as Student Achievement Criteria.  This includes graduation rates, rates with which graduates pass the national exam required in most states for licensure (including Wisconsin and Minnesota), and rates with which graduates obtain licensure as a MFT. Alumni are surveyed each fall to help us keep current with this data. Results of the most recent survey are found below (all numbers are percentages; for a comparison with other programs accredited by COAMFTE go here.) 

Diversity

The Marriage and Family Therapy program at UW-Stout places a high degree of importance on issues related to inclusion. As part of this emphasis, we seek to include a diverse range of faculty, supervisors, and students in the program. Two measure of diversity include ethnic and gender categories with which people associated with the program identify. The current compositions for these categories from our last annual report are listed below:

Ethnicity

Faculty/Supervisors
  • American Indian – 1
  • Asian/Pacific Islander – 1 
  • Hispanic/Latino – 1
  • Multiethnic – 2
  • Non-resident (international) – 1
  • White, non-Hispanic – 9
  • Other – 2
Students
  • American Indian – 1
  • Asian/Pacific Islander – 2
  • Non-resident (international) – 2
  • White, non-Hispanic – 19

Gender

Faculty/Supervisors
  • Female  – 3 
  • Male – 4
  • Transgendered – 1
Students 
  • Female – 17
  • Male – 6
  • Transgendered – 1

 

Accreditation

 Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education

 

UW-Stout's MSMFT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.