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Best CSU MFT program?

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by ScarletKnight62, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. ScarletKnight62

    ScarletKnight62 2+ Year Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Which CSU MFT program is considered the best/most well respected, or are they all seen pretty equally? So far I've looked into CSULA and CSULB.

    Any input from someone currently going to one of the CSU programs would also be greatly appreciated.
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  3. Skvader


    Apr 12, 2010
    I would also like to know what everyone thinks! =)
  4. rachelw


    Dec 17, 2011
    Hello! I came across this thread because I am looking into MS degree in Counseling, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) in CSUs. I am looking into:

    (1) CSU Los Angeles: MFT program, with a possible focus on "School-Based Family Counseling" - their unique feature which seem very interesting.

    (2) CSU Northridge: MFT, with a possible "add-on" in College Counseling certificate (so as to qualify for Community College counseling job). CSUN is also listed in Humanistic Psychology website, which draws my attention as I'm interested in Humanistic Psych.

    (3) CSU Fullerton: MFT. Its website publishes alumnus' reviews/feedback about the program - seem really positive.

    (4) SFSU - MFT, possibly adding a College Counseling concentration too.

    All 4 programs above are CACREP-accredited, which is important to me. Does anyone have PERSONAL EXPERIENCE in any of these programs? I am interested to know about faculty commitment, teaching quality, ease in finding internship sites, philosophical orientations, etc...

    I would appreciate any comments from you guys as it would help me with my decision! Thanks in advance!
  5. wigflip

    wigflip 2+ Year Member

    Oct 18, 2010
    I don't have personal experience in any of those programs. But I do know that San Diego State and CSU San Francisco are the "flagship schools" in the CSU system, whereas CSULA and CSU Dominguez are worst regarded. Keep in mind, this is institutional reputation as a whole, not the particular programs per se. The reputation of CSULA in particular is that they will take anyone--one of my friends is a prof there and sent me a video parodying that particular idea...
  6. rachelw


    Dec 17, 2011
    Still no one has personal encounters or experiences with CSU's MFT or counseling programs??

    Come on... your views will be greatly appreciated!
  7. CuriousMunchkin


    Sep 6, 2017
    I had the experience of attending CSULB's LMFT program. I highly recommend you attend their informational sessions as with all schools you are serious about. Meet and greet with faculty. See how you feel afterwards, whether or not you connect with the professors and their research, and how you'd fit in overall. Their program has changed tremendously after the passing away of professor Noble, the dean of the department.

    I know that CSUF MFT program mostly emphasizes on Carl Roger's Humanistic approach, as well as empathy. Dr. Leah Brew is the dean and has published several amazing counseling textbooks along with her other faculty members. CSUF seems to be probably one of the best schools out of the nation as far as MFT programs goes. I knew a few students who graduated from there, and were very satisfied with what they learned, how prepared they felt. CSUF, also highly emphasizes more on diversity training if that is your niche. CSULB's program is more CBT-oriented.

    Depends on the approach you are looking for, and which program you feel is the best match. Speaking from the students from CSUF, their curriculum they felt, was also very well-rounded. Invest wisely.
  8. modestmousktr

    modestmousktr 5+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2013
    Ouch, right in the alma mater.
  9. PSYDR

    PSYDR Psychologist 10+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2005
    This is not the mft forum.

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