Couple and Family Therapy Practica/Internship

Adler Community Health Services

Couple & Family Therapy Externship/Practicum

Program Goals: Adler Community Health Services (ACHS) Couple & Family Services (CFS) Program trains therapy externs who comply with the standards established by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), which include:

  • Professional identity as a Marriage and Family Therapy Professional
  • Relational/systemic philosophy and ethics as laid out in the AAMFT Code of Ethics
  • Multi-culturally informed, globally-minded perspective
  • Promotion of inclusion, respect for diversity, non-discrimination, and social responsibility from a perspective that is appreciative of the effects of larger sociocultural factors on experience.

The CFS therapy externs are evaluated based on the Student Learning Outcomes established by Adler University’s M.A. and doctoral programs in Couple and Family Therapy, which are:

  • To understand and apply systems, modern, and postmodern Couple and Family Therapy theories;
  • To assess ethical, legal, and professional issues related to clinical practice;
  • To demonstrate cultural competency in practicing Couple and Family Therapy with diverse populations;
  • To display proficiency in clinical skills in the practice of Couple and Family Therapy;
  • To demonstrate knowledge of Adlerian principles that can complement systemic work with couples, families, and individuals;
  • To illustrate knowledge and integration of Couple and Family Therapy research;
  • To describe, understand, and identify issues of social justice, social responsibility, and oppression with couples and families; and
  • To establish a clear professional identity as a Couple and Family Therapist.

Program Objectives

Based on these standards and to achieve the program goal, the program provides training and experiences to achieve the following objectives:

  • Knowledge of and skill in a range of Couple and Family Therapy theories and methods
  • Knowledge of and skill in case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • Knowledge of and skill in progress note taking, report writing and record keeping
  • Knowledge of and skill in the integration of research and practice
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to individual and cultural diversity
  • Knowledge of and skill in identifying issues of social justice, social responsibility, and oppression with couples, families and individuals.
  • Knowledge of and skill in Adlerian concepts and principles that can complement systemic work with couples, families, and individuals.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of treating a person holistically and in their context
  • Knowledge of and skill in consultation and community education

Upon completion of the practicum, CFS therapy externs, therefore, are expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Competency in the areas of the therapeutic relationship, assessment, and intervention, and beginning skills in consultation/education
  • Understanding of the importance of disciplined inquiry and the integration of research in providing clinical services
  • Appreciation of and respect for the role of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, age, and other aspects of individual and cultural diversity in providing services and working with couples, families, and individuals
  • A basic understanding of key concepts of Adlerian theory and practice that can complement systemic work with couples, families, and individuals.
  • Sensitivity to the importance of the environmental contexts that may contribute to the overall health of a couple, family, and individual
  • Individual responsibility, cooperation, and collaboration in working with others and a commitment to contributing to the greater good of the community; and
  • Commitment to the highest standards of professional ethics, lifelong learning, and professional development.