School of Health and Human Services
Marriage and Family Therapy Program
Social Work Department
Southern Connecticut State University
ACADEMIC YEAR 2011 – 2012
Dear MFT Student:
We are pleased to present you with your Graduate Student Handbook. Please read thoroughly.
Inside you will find information that is useful, practical and important. Your rights, as well as
your obligations as a student, are defined.
We have taken significant steps over the years to enhance the advisement process. We urge you
to meet with your faculty advisor at least once a semester. Your advisor can be the most helpful
individual for you during your student career at Southern Connecticut State University. This
person will be able to help you with course selection, academic and professional issues, and
professional career choices.
Under separate cover you will be given the clinic manual and research manual. This publication
should be used along with this handbook. Again, if these manuals do not answer all your
questions, your advisor can be helpful.
We wish you a successful career as a graduate student in our program.
Suzanne Carroll Ed.D
Suzanne Carroll, Ed.D., LMFT
Todd Rofuth, D.S.W
Todd Rofuth, D.S.W, Chair
Marriage and Family Therapy Program
FACULTY AND STAFF DIRECTORY
NAME PHONE LOCATION E-MAIL ADDRESS
Suzanne Carroll 203-392-6412 DA 020 Carrolls1@southernct.edu
Patricia DeBarbieri 203-392-5483 DA 020B Debarbierip1@southernct.edu
Wendy Davenson 203-392-6410 DA 020B Davensonw1@southernct.edu
*Students are required to use their SCSU assigned e-mail addresses. We do not send
notices or communications to personal e-mail addresses.
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY CONTACT LIST
NAME PHONE LOCATION E-MAIL ADDRESS
Dr. Suzanne Carroll 203-392-6412 Davis Hall Carrolls1@southernct.edu
Program Coordinator Room 020
Dr. Todd Rofuth 203-392-6557 Lang House Rofutht1@southernct.edu
Chairman Room 201
Wendy Davenson 203-392-6410 Davis Hall Davensonw1@southernct.edu
Clinic Coordinator Room 020A
Dr. Patricia DeBarbieri 203-392-5483 Davis Hall Debarbierip1@southernct.edu
Off-Site Placement Room 020A
Ann Gabriel 203-392-6432 Davis Hall Gabriela2@southernct.edu
Supervised Visitation Room 022
Phyllis Gordon 203-392-6413 Davis Hall Gordonp2@southernct.edu
Clinic Manager Room 020A
Carmen Padua 203-392-6414 Davis Hall Paduac1@southernct.edu
Department Secretary Room 020
Please contact your assigned advisor for questions or concerns regarding your program plan.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Mission Statement.................................................................................................................. 4
Students with Disabilities.......................................................................................................7
Student Leave of Absence......................................................................................................8
Directed Independent Study...................................................................................................8
Evaluation of Students...........................................................................................................9
The Family Therapy Clinic...................................................................................................10
The Family Therapy Clinic Safety Protocol.........................................................................10
Accruing Clinical Hours.......................................................................................................11
Evaluation of Students..........................................................................................................13
Student Review Committee..................................................................................................30
Student Grievance Procedures..............................................................................................32
Marriage and Family Therapy Program
Southern Connecticut State University
The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program was revised and voted on by the MFT
faculty in summer 2011. It reads as follows:
“The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program is to prepare qualified front line
psychotherapists who demonstrate mastery of knowledge of the field, are able to communicate
critically and effectively, can develop creative solutions to problems, and contribute significantly
to the psychological development of individuals and families in a multicultural society. We
prepare outstanding mental health psychotherapists through evidenced-based quality teaching
methods, active clinical and field practice, and related scholarly research. The MFT Program
prepares graduates who demonstrate mastery of the program objectives and uphold the highest
ethical principles of professional conduct for certification and/or licensure and are committed to
continuing their professional development. Graduates of our program are able to perform the
functions of a clinical psychotherapist specializing in systemic marriage and family therapy and
impact and provide leadership to organizations, schools and related mental health facilities
locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.”
The program curriculum emphasizes a perspective that views people as having
the capacity to change and adapt while in continuous and reciprocal interchange with all
elements of their environment. The academic and practical components are designed to teach
professional Marriage and Family Therapy knowledge and to impart tools for scholarship,
critical thinking, and evidenced based practice. We are committed to ethical practice and the
integration of Marriage and Family Therapy values in all educational activities and practice. The
purpose is to prepare students to work in agency-based Marriage and Family Therapy positions.
The Marriage and Family Therapy Program strives to provide quality Marriage and Family
Therapy education to graduate students and to advance knowledge through study, practice, and
research. Further, the program is committed to preparing Marriage and Family Therapists to
promote systemic change to achieve economic and social justice in communities impacted by
rapid economic and social shifts. We are committed to our students being able to engage in
practice with diverse populations in metropolitan settings. In addition, the program is committed
to educating Marriage and Family Therapists to be effective practitioners and leaders in public
and private sectors. The MFT Program focuses on developing partnerships with the community
to further both the MFT Program and the University commitment to scholarship, human
development and excellence in professional preparation.
Each student is assigned a faculty member as an advisor. These assignments are made when the
student enters the program and the student is notified of this at the beginning of the fall semester.
You and your advisor have a great deal of latitude in developing a relationship. At a minimum,
your advisor will help you plan your program and monitor revisions if necessary. Your advisor
can also serve as a mentor. The following serves as a guide:
Responsibilities of the Advisor:
• Confers with students during the semester to review performance
• Helps student choose appropriate courses
• Works closely with advisee in the event of academic probation
• Counsels advisee about academic, professional, and career issues
• Initiates meetings with advisee
• Performs as an academic manager and coordinator for students
• Serves as a student advocate during Student Review Committee
Responsibilities of Advisee:
• Initiates contacts with advisor
• Informs advisor of academic progress and standing (includes course work and field
• Confers with advisor about program and course selection
• Provides current information (address, phone numbers, name changes, etc.)
• Consults with advisor regarding changes in program plan. A formal revised change in
program plan is required.
• The only professor who can revise a student’s program plan is the student’s advisor. Failure
to properly revise a program plan may result in a delayed graduation date.
• Guidance on course selection
• Dropping or adding courses
• Career and academic goals
• Educational planning
• Academic or internship problems/issues
• Obtain and share information about courses, internship, university life, career
planning, student activities
• Initiate process for graduation
• Socialization into the program
• Time management strategies
• Remediation – if needed
Program planning begins soon after a student’s acceptance into the graduate program. Its
purpose is to provide a guide or frame of reference for your graduate studies. The plan
is developed when you meet with your advisor.
Each student must have a planned program on file in the Graduate Office of the University. The
university will not formally matriculate nor permit students to register for full time studies if a
program plan is not on file. Please ask your advisor to check this for you if you have any
questions. You should receive a signed copy of the planned program and a letter from the Dean
of Graduate Studies shortly after your acceptance, and after you meet with your advisor. The
program receives a copy of this which is placed in your academic file.
The planned program is used as the basis for determining credits for graduation. When and if a
change is needed in your overall program, you must meet with your advisor who will then secure
the approval of the MFT Program Coordinator and the Chairperson of the Department of Social
Work. A revised program plan is required.
The planned program is an agreement between you and the Department of Social Work. Any
modification must be approved by your advisor and the MFT Program Coordinator.
As a program in the Department of Social Work, we follow the University's graduate program
policy which states the amount of graduate work transferable to a master's degree program is
limited to a maximum of 9 credits. Courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or
better at an accredited institution. No credit or course waivers are granted for life
experiences or previous work experience.
The university will not grant transfer credit for any course that is "older" than six years. In
addition, a course for which credit was granted in one graduate program at Southern Connecticut
State University cannot be transferred to a second graduate program. Credits for transfer must be
approved by the MFT Program Coordinator and the Chairperson of the Department of Social
Work. Your advisor will help you determine the appropriateness of courses for transfer
credits. To transfer a course into Southern Connecticut State University, Department of Social
Work, the student must present to their advisor:
(1) A transcript showing that the course was completed.
(2) Grade of at least a “B”.
(3) Course syllabus including learning objectives.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Commitment to Equal Opportunity
Southern Connecticut State University is committed to full inclusion and equal educational
opportunity for all persons with disabilities. The University adheres to the requirements of
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973 as amended in 1998. This law requires that no qualified individual with a
disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, or denied benefits of,
this institution’s classes, programs, services, or facilities. The University has made reasonable
modifications in policies, practices, procedures, and/or facilities.
Persons with disabilities at the University have the right to:
• Equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities offered through
• Equal opportunity to work, to learn, and to receive reasonable accommodations,
academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services;
• Appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding their disability and a choice as
to whom, outside of the University, information about their disability will be disclosed,
except as disclosures are required or permitted by law;
• Information available in alternative formats.
The University maintains a Disability Resource Office to serve students with disabilities.
Disability categories include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Mobility/Orthopedic disabilities
• Specific learning disabilities
• Attention deficit disorders
• Vision and hearing difficulties
• Acquired head injuries
• Psychological disabilities
• Chronic health-related and other disabilities
Eligibility for Services and Accommodations
Students who seek support services from the Disability Resource Office and accommodations by
the Marriage and Family Therapy Program are required to submit documentation to verify
eligibility as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans
with Disabilities Act of1990. Protection under these civil rights statutes is based upon
documentation of a disability that currently substantially limits at least one major life activity.
Eligibility for accommodations must be supported by documentation and determined reasonable
by staff. Current relevant documentation is the key to identifying appropriate accommodations
and auxiliary aids at the graduate level. To meet this requirement, documentation must be dated
within the last three years and address a present need for accommodation. All
documentation sent to the DRO is kept confidential. Students who submit documentation that is
not current, or does not adequately address their current level of functioning and/or need for
accommodation, will be required to provide an updated evaluation report. School plans, such as
Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) or 504 Plans, are insufficient documentation
STUDENT LEAVE OF ABSENCE
Students who find it necessary to take a leave of absence (LOA) should meet with their faculty
advisor and discuss their request for a LOA. In consultation with the advisor, a LOA request
form is completed. A sample form is included in this handbook the Appendix and is also
available on the department’s website. This form outlines the plan for leave and return date.
The advisor will file the leave of absence form with the Program Coordinator. When approved,
the Program Coordinator forwards it to the Chair of the Department and the Graduate Office,
which will officially validate the leave request. Students are required to complete the graduate
program within six years. Any courses which are more than 6 years from the date of graduation
will be invalid and will not be counted toward graduation credits.
Please be aware that the academic clock does not stop while a student is on a leave of
absence (the student has a total of 6 years to complete the graduate program). The student must
also pay a continuous enrollment fee, to the Graduate Office, for each semester in which the
student is on leave. If a student does not submit a LOA form and does not register for
classes for one semester, the student will be considered withdrawn from the program and will
need to reapply for admission.
DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY POLICIES AND GUIDELINES
An independent study course provides an opportunity for students who wish to undertake a well-
defined research project or clearly outlined and carefully delineated course of study.
Independent study courses are restricted to students of proven ability who have sufficient
background in the subject and are able to work with intermittent faculty guidance.
While students do perform their work under the guidance of a faculty member of their own
choosing, they conduct the project in an independent manner without attending regular class
meetings. Independent study is characterized by a reduction in formal instruction and an increase
in the individual student's responsibility and initiative in the learning process. Approval of an
independent study course by the sponsor and the Program Coordinator attests to the academic
value of the study and to the ability of the student to master a body of knowledge with minimal
faculty guidance. Only matriculated students who have completed at least 9 credits of graduate
work and have attained at least a "B" (3.0) average are eligible for independent study. The
application form, which outlines policies and guidelines, is available in the Graduate Office and
the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. A completed form must be presented to the Graduate
Office and entered into the course schedule before a student can register for Independent Study.
A sample form is included in the Appendix.
1. Independent study is only appropriate when the program does not offer a course that
addresses the same content.
2. The independent study option is available only to students accepted to a planned program
of study by the Graduate School.
3. The students and the faculty sponsors are jointly responsible for defining projects and for
justifying them as independent study projects.
4. The graduate research project may not be written in connection with an
independent study course (3 credits) to a planned program.
5. A student may not apply for more than one directed independent study course
6. A typed application for independent study with all required signatures must be received
by the Graduate Office before work can begin. A sample form is appended in this
7. The student's final report on the study project becomes part of the official file of the
department in which the independent study has been accomplished.
8. An abstract of the independent study must be prepared by the student, signed by the
faculty sponsor and submitted to the Graduate Office upon completion of the independent
study to receive credit.
1. Student requests faculty sponsorship through the Program Coordinator. Faculty are
free to accept or reject student independent study proposals.
2. Student and faculty sponsor jointly prepare documentation for the form. An
application for independent study may be obtained from the Office of Graduate
Studies (EN B-110) or from your advisor.
3. The study description should answer the four following questions:
• What are the learning objectives?
• What activities will be done to meet the objectives?
• What resources will be employed (including the number of conferences to be held
with the advisor.
•What form(s) of demonstration or verification will be used to provide evidence
of attainment of the learning objectives?
4. The original must be signed by the student, the independent study advisor, the graduate
program advisor, the chair, and the Dean of the School of Health and Human Services
The original, plus 3 copies are submitted to the MFT Program Coordinator for
review and approval. The study sponsor submits the approved copies to the
Chairperson for review and signature. The Chairperson will submit the original to the
administration and return copies to the student, advisor, and MFT Program Coordinator.
The Off-site Placement Coordinator maintains contact with agencies throughout the State, both
for the purpose of serving diverse populations as well as student traveling needs. The Program
does expect students to be willing and able to travel up to one hour from their homes for an
educationally appropriate internship. The appropriateness of any agency is based on the
adequacy of supervision and educational opportunities. The Off-Site Placement Coordinator has
the responsibility of making sure that there is an appropriate match between student learning
needs and possible agency settings.
The Off-Site Placement Coordinator has final decision-making authority regarding placements
and the appropriateness of any student request.
THE FAMILY THERAPY CLINIC
The department maintains a Family Therapy Clinic which serves the needs of the community.
The facilities consist of seven treatment rooms equipped with viewing mirrors and direct
supervision devices. There the students observe and practice therapy with actual families.
Approved by the Board of Trustees, the clinic accepts referrals from police departments,
Department of Children and Families, public and private schools, psychiatrists, private
individuals and other agencies. Approximately 20 to 50 families are in treatment each week. A
full range of socioeconomic classes, racial and ethnic groups are seen with a variety of
presenting problems including incest, abuse, out-of-control children and school problems.
Interns perform therapy under direct supervision from a senior staff member. General
requirements for the clinic include:
* professional coverage through AAMFT membership
* maintenance of case records
* participation in intake service
* observation of families in process of therapy
* successful completion of a minimum of 500 hours of marriage and family cases as
primary therapist with supervision
* an investigative or research project with practical application
* home visits
* participation in professional team meetings when needed
* court appearances when required (a supervisor may also be present)
* participation in supervised visits
THE FAMILY THERAPY CLINIC SAFETY PROTOCOL
• All students, faculty and staff should have the Campus Police number programmed into your
• Cell phones should be w/ you at all times. Put them on silent mode but you need to have them
available during an emergency.
• Put your supervisor's cell phone number in your cell phone directory.
• In an emergency, if the supervisor is in the viewing room and you need help, you can call.
• Call Campus Police immediately.
• Use the gray phones in the hall or phones in the rooms to dial 888 which alert Campus Police.
• Do not get in the middle of a fight.
• Use your loudest, firmest, most authoritative voice telling the combatants to separate, to move
to opposite sides of the hall, and that the police are being called.
• Remove the audience
• Always position yourself in a room so that you can see who is coming into the room and you
have immediate exit access. This is essential for supervised visits too.
• Never block the exit and never sit w/ your back to the exit.
• In the evening SV hours, SV interns must have their cell phones w/ them. While they are in
the back rooms w/ SVs, the other students may be in the office but they are totally out of
• If you are uncomfortable at any time, remove yourself gently and come to the supervisor on
ACCRUING CLINICAL HOURS
Interns must follow the Clinic Calendar, not the University Calendar!
Total number of clinical hours needed for graduation = 500 hours
•individual hours = 250
•relational hours = 250
Total number of supervision hours needed for graduation = 100
Hours in front of SCSU one-way working with families or couples = minimum of 50 hours
which count toward your Relational hours
Individual Hours = 250 hours
Maximum counted towards completion of requirements = 250 hours
•conducting sessions with one client as in Anger Management
conducting sessions with individuals
•conducting PEP session with one parent
Relational Hours = 250 hours
•conducting couple and family sessions
•conducting Parenting Education Program (PEP) with child and parent(s) present
•groups: one hour of group equals one (1) hour of therapy
•conducting The Marschak Interaction Method (MIMs) (with a supervisor observing from
behind the one-way, otherwise, it is considered an alternative hour)
•Family assessments (other than MIMs)
Students may use up to 100 alternative hours to meet the requirements for 500 clinic contact
The following hours may be counted as alternative hours:
•Reflecting Team – supervised and recorded behind the one-way
Teaming behind the one way at SCSU:
•sharing your journal writings with therapists doing the therapy
•assisting the therapists in writing case notes
•being prepared to enter therapy room to deliver interventions
Court Testimony/Appearances: one hour regardless of how long you wait in court. (Dropping off
records does not quality.)
Planning and Placement Team Meetings (PPT) – one hour
Case conferences – in person with agencies – one hour
Four accurately completed intakes – 1 hour. (Be sure to put your name on the intake or it will not
Therapeutic Supervised Visits and Supervised Visits - minimum number of hours = 35,
maximum hours = 80.
Supervision hours: (100 needed for graduation)
Direct supervision: Was the session directly supervised, and if so, how – from behind the one-
way, by DVD, or by audiotape? Every audio you submit to your supervisor and receive feedback
on counts as one hour of individual, “raw data” supervision. If a session is both videotaped and
watched from behind the one-way (as is normally the case with families and couples at the
Clinic,) the one-way hour trumps – record that and don’t worry about the videotaping.
These are very important hours, because you need 50 of them to graduate, and you won’t
get them anywhere except at the clinic.
Supervision group: All the time you spend in your supervision group. Note that the time in
supervision group comes in several flavors, which need to be recorded separately:
•Group Case Report Supervision = Time talking about cases, when three or more
students are present with a supervisor
•Individual Case Report Supervision = Time talking about cases when one or two
students are present with a supervisor
•Live Group Supervision = Time watching another student from behind the one-way
•Live Individual Supervision = Time seeing clients
•Team Hours = Any time you might spend as part of a “reflecting team,” where you’re
not actually the therapist, but actively participate in the session in some way
Team Hours will be given if you follow the entire case from behind the one-way and
you meet all of the state conditions below. You will get one alternative hour/week:
•Share your journal weekly with therapists doing the therapy
•Assist the therapists in the writing of the case notes
•Be prepared to enter the therapy room to deliver interventions
•Any extra time you may spend talking about cases with your supervisor.
For example, if you have a client in crisis during the week and you call your supervisor
to talk about the case, you would record a quarter of individual supervision
EVALUATION OF STUDENTS
Continuation in the graduate program is contingent upon positive ongoing faculty evaluation of
the student on four distinct yet related areas:
1. Essential abilities and attributes for admission and continuance in the Marriage and
Family Therapy Program;
2. Classroom achievement as reflected in grades: the student’s total Q.P.R.
3. Performance in practicum and internship as reflected in ongoing faculty and supervisor
4. Ethical, professional, legal conduct as embodied in The AAMFT Code of Ethics,
and University standards for student behavior.
Following are the standards in each of the above areas that need to be met for continuation in the
1. Essential Abilities and Attributes for Admission and Continuance
The following standards, in addition to accepted academic standards, describe the physical,
cognitive, emotional, and character expectations that the Marriage and Family Therapy
Program requires of its students. These characteristics coupled with academic standards provide
reasonable assurance that students can complete the entire course of study and participate fully in
all aspects of Marriage and Family Therapy education and practice.
Acquisition of competence as a Marriage and Family Therapist is a lengthy and complex process
that will be undermined by significant limitations of the student’s ability to participate in the full
spectrum of the experiences and the requirements of the curriculum.
Students in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at SCSU are expected to possess the
following abilities and attributes at a level appropriate to their year in the program. They are
expected to meet these standards in the classroom, in their practice, and elsewhere.
Attention to these standards will be part of evaluations made by faculty responsible for
evaluating applications for admission as well as by faculty responsible for evaluating students’
classroom and practicum/internship performance and continuation in the program. In the event
that a student is perceived as not meeting these standards, he/she will be referred to the Student
Review Committee (SRC).
The Marriage and Family Therapy student must have sufficient motor abilities to attend
class and practicum placement with or without technical accommodation. Reasonable
accommodation through technology for limitations in motor abilities will be allowed. The
Office of Disability Resources will be consulted regarding reasonable accommodations.
The Marriage and Family Therapy student must have the ability through his/her senses to
participate in classes and internship placement. Students must acquire and integrate data
through use of their senses with or without technical accommodation. Reasonable
accommodation through technology for limitations in sensory abilities will be allowed.
The Office of Disability Resources will be consulted regarding reasonable accommodations.
The Marriage and Family Therapy student must communicate effectively and sensitively
with other students, faculty, staff, clients and other professionals. Students must express
their ideas and feelings clearly and demonstrate a willingness and ability to listen to
others. They must have sufficient skills in spoken and written English to understand the content
presented in the program.
The Marriage and Family Therapy student must have a strong commitment to the goals of
Marriage and Family Therapy and to the ethical standards of the profession. The student must
be committed to the essential values of Marriage and Family Therapy, which are the dignity
and worth of every individual and his/her right to a just share of society’s resources.
The marriage and Family Therapy student must know his/her values, attitudes, beliefs, emotions
and past experiences that affect his/her thinking, behavior and relationships. The student must
be willing to examine and change his/her behavior when it interferes with his/her working with
clients and other professionals and must be able to work effectively with others in subordinate
positions as well as with those in authority.
KNOWLEDGE BASE FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY PRACTICE
The professional activities of Marriage and Family Therapy students
must be grounded in relevant social, behavioral and biological science, knowledge, and
research. This includes knowledge and skills in relationship-building, data-gathering, assessment,
interventions and evaluation of practice.
The Marriage and Family Therapy student must be sufficiently objective to systematically
evaluate clients and their situations in an unbiased, factual way.
The Marriage and Family Therapy student must endeavor to seek to comprehend another
individual’s way of life and values. He/she must be able to communicate this empathy and
support to the client as a basis for a productive professional relationship.
The Marriage and Family Therapy student must be resistant to the undesirable effects of stress,
exercising appropriate self-care and developing cooperative and facilitative relationships with
colleagues and peers.
ACCEPTANCE OF DIVERSITY
The Marriage and Family Therapy student must appreciate the value of human diversity. He/she
must serve in an appropriate manner all persons in need of assistance, regardless of the person’s
age, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation (or lack thereof), gender, ability, sexual orientation,
and value system.
The Marriage and Family Therapy student must demonstrate the interpersonal skills needed to
relate effectively to other students, faculty, staff, clients and other professionals. These include
compassion, altruism, integrity, and the demonstration of respect for and consideration of others
From the minute you start Practicum, keep detailed records of every hour you spend with a client
and of all the time you spend in supervision. This is the official record that will be used to
determine when you have fulfilled the required clinical hours for graduation.
Monthly Service Form – to be signed by supervisor(s) monthly
1. For your internship placement, you will need to submit a separate form for clinical hours and
supervision signed by the supervisor who supervises your case there
2. Fill in the form as you go to ensure accuracy
3. The Monthly Service Form contains the data needed to successfully complete requirements
4. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself!
The Marriage and Family Therapy student must behave professionally by knowing and
practicing within the scope of Marriage and Family Therapy, adhering to the profession’s code of
ethics, respecting others, being punctual and dependable, prioritizing responsibilities, and
completing assignments on time.
2. Classroom Achievement
Students must maintain a “B” average to remain in good academic standing.
All courses completed for graduate credit must be passed with a minimum grade of “B“ (3.0).
A student who completes 9 or more credits with a cumulative quality point ratio of less than
3.0 is automatically placed on probation. If, at the completion of an additional 6 credits, the QPR
is still below 3.0, the student will be dismissed. This is a decision made by the Marriage and
Family Therapy Program.
A student whose QPR falls below 3.0 during the last semester of course work will be placed on
probation and given one semester to raise the QPR to the 3.0 level required for graduation. If,
after completing an additional semester of work, the QPR is still below 3.0, the student will be
A student who is suspended may apply for re-admission after the lapse of one semester. To be
re-admitted, the student must submit a petition to the Program Coordinator describing why he or
she will be successful if re-admitted. The Program Coordinator will return the
petition to the student with reasons for disapproval or will forward it to the Chair of the
Department and the Graduate Dean with a recommendation for approval.
The petition with the endorsement will be filed in the Graduate Office if it is approved by the
Graduate Dean. A copy will be sent to the Program Coordinator and the student. A petition that is
not approved will be returned to the Program Coordinator with a letter stating the reasons for not
approving the petition.
A re-admitted student must achieve a minimum grade point ratio of 3.5 in the next 12 credits of
coursework taken. Should the student fail to achieve 3.5, he or she will be dismissed from the
Graduate School with no option for re-admission.
STUDENT RETENTION AND CONTINUATION POLICY
As members of the profession of marriage and family therapy, the faculty members of the
Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Southern Connecticut State University are aware of
the ethical responsibilities relative to the training and supervision of graduate students in
marriage and family therapy.
Specifically, we affirm our role to clearly communicate to students the level of competency that
is expected in both didactic and clinical experiences and to address specific student performance
problems when they arise. In such situations, we inform students of the need for remediation;
assist students in securing remedial assistance when needed; seek professional consultation and
document the decision regarding remediation, retention, or dismissal; and ensure that students
have access to due process.
Program Values, Expectations, and Student Competencies
The Marriage and Family Therapy Program holds certain priorities, values, and expectations to
be important in our training process. Specifically, the Marriage and Family Therapy Program
values proficiency in three core areas that are upheld by students, faculty, and supervisors at all
Continuous evaluation of academic competence includes periodic evaluations in these areas:
•Students maintain grades of B or better in all graduate classes
•Students present evidence of progress toward academic goals through file review
at each semester
•Students are able to successfully apply learning in field-site settings
•Students successfully pass the comprehensive examination
•Commitment to the profession and activities that demonstrate clear professional
•Completion of clinical hours and demonstration of professional identity
•Ethical and social responsibility in all settings, including demonstration of respect
Students demonstrate competence in the following areas:
•Interpersonal effectiveness in professional interaction in the Marriage and Family
Program and in collaboration with community and outside entities
•Openness to learning and willingness to incorporate corrective feedback
•Respect for social and cultural diversity and recognition of its critical impact on the
•Personal stability, as indicated by consistent effective, cognitive, and behavioral
management in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, including successful
management of all personal issues that may prevent performance of the duties of a
marriage and family therapist.
Continuation in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program is contingent upon positive, ongoing
faculty evaluations of the students in the three core areas indicated above: a) Academic Qualities,
b) Professional Qualities, c) Personal Qualities. A student may be dismissed from the program
for deficiencies in one or more of the three core areas. If students fail to maintain adequate
performance in these areas, they are subject to remediation processes, during which the faculty
attempt to provide a plan to assist the student in meeting basic performance standards.
In addition, behavior deemed by Southern Connecticut State University to be unacceptable will
subject the student to immediate dismissal per Southern Connecticut State University’s Code of
Student Conduct (see Disruptive Student Policy).
All students’ progress will be reviewed each semester. If an area of concern is noted for a student,
the student will be closely monitored to determine a) if the area of concern is no longer an issue
or is manageable with no remediation or if b) the student requires faculty remediation.
If at any point during the student’s program, the student is deemed at risk in terms of failure due
to academic-professional deficits or personal-professional deficits, including personal issues that
prevent a student from performing the duties of a marriage and family therapist, a remediation
plan will be initiated and documented.
This remediation plan, design to address the issue(s) of concern, will be:
•Established by the student’s advisor with consultation from other program faculty,
and when appropriate, the student’s off-site supervisor and other relevant
•Presented to the student;
•Discussed relative to the faculty’s concerns, and if applicable, protection of the
public and field placement site; and
•Agreed upon and signed by the advisor, student, and faculty member who will
monitor the student’s progress relative to the remediation plan, with notification to
the program faculty.
These remediation plans may involve any or all of the following:
A. For Academic Qualities Remediation:
*If student fails any of the first 3 core courses, student will be evaluated for appropriateness
for the Program
•Retake courses, other than Family Of Origin
•Tutoring, study-skills training, or test-taking training
•Writing lab assistance
•Additional supervision meetings
•Other professional skills interventions, as deemed necessary and appropriate by the
B. For Professional Qualities Remediation:
•Retake courses (e.g., skills courses, ethics, content courses, not Family of Origin)
•Removal from placement site and/or reassignment of placement site
•Specific assigned activities in placement site
•Writing reflection papers
•Additional supervision meetings
•Other professional skills interventions, as deemed necessary and appropriate by the
C. For Personal Qualities Remediation:
•Writing reflection or other related papers
•Other personal remediation interventions, as deemed necessary and appropriate by
the program faculty
The remediation plan will include, at a minimum:
•Specific activities to be completed;
•Target measures of accomplishment, which will be documented;
•A schedule of regular meetings between the student and the faculty member
responsible for monitoring and documenting the remediation plan (if this person is
different from the student’s advisor)
•A timeframe for accomplishment; and
•Contact information for the faculty member responsible for monitoring the student’s
Copies of the plan will be retained by the student’s advisor, the monitoring faculty member, the
Program Coordinator, department chair, and the Dean of the School of Health and Human
Services. The monitoring faculty member will also retain notes documenting all meetings with
the student during the course of the remediation process.
3. Performance in practicum and internship as reflected in ongoing faculty and
Procedures for Dealing with Internship Related Problems
The following policies have been established to guide students and faculty in situations that have
arisen in the internship. They have been established for the benefit and protection of students.
They provide due process for the review of student performance. This review process can be
initiated by all parties involved in the internship: the student, the advisor, the agency supervisor,
and/or the SCSU supervisor. (Please note: if the performance in question is of a legal or ethical
nature, please refer to the ethical guidelines of AAMFT.)
If during the internship placement the Off Site Placement Coordinator, the agency supervisor, or
the student determines that the student may not be able to reach appropriate levels of competence
or that the agency is not providing an educationally sound experience, the following procedures
need to be followed:
1. A three-way conference needs to be held including the student, advisor, and agency
supervisor. Concerns should be made explicit.
2. A written contract will be drawn up detailing the concerns to be addressed and the
expectations for change. A time period for subsequent review should be set which is timely
and appropriate to the situation. During this time, there should be frequent communications
among the parties involved. All concerns must be put in writing with copies given to the
student, the agency supervisor, the advisor, and/or the Off Site Placement Coordinator.
At the completion of the remediation plan timeframe, the faculty member responsible for
monitoring the remediation plan, the advisor, and the student will meet to discuss the success of
the plan. If the evidence suggests that the plan has been successful, the advisor and responsible
faculty member will advise the student, program faculty, department chair, and the Dean of the
School of Health and Human Services of the successful resolution of concerns. If the evidence of
successful remediation is questionable, additional remediation activities may be deemed
necessary, with all the conditions of appropriate remediation as outlined above. All of these
discussions will be documented.
In addition to violating the requirements of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program as listed
above, there are three other entities that have published policies that determine continued
enrollment and dismissal at Southern Connecticut State University. The policies that determined
continued enrollment are itemized here and discussed briefly below:
•Those determined by the University in terms of behavior (SCSU Student Code of
•Those determined by the Graduate School in terms of academic standards
•Those determined by the Marriage and Family Therapy Program
Determined by the University
The complete policy and descriptions regarding student behavior can be found online in the
University Student Code of Conduct.
1. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to: cheating and plagiarism, providing or
receiving assistance from another, in a manner not authorized by the instructor
2. Misuse of University documents, including, but not limited to, forging, transferring,
altering and document or identification card.
3. Knowingly furnishing false information to any University official.
4. Disruption/obstruction of teaching, research or other academic or administrative
5. Actual or threatened physical assault or abuse, threatening, intimidation, coercion.
6. Sexual assault or sexual misconduct.
7. Hazing for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition
for continued membership in a group or organization.
10. Violations of privacy.
11. Theft or damage to property or services owned by the State of Connecticut or any
member of the University system.
12. Intentional interference with entry into or exit from University premises or with the
free movement of any person.
13. Failure to comply with the directions of University officials acting in the performance
of their duties.
14. Use, possession, purchase, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as
expressly permitted by law and University regulations
15. Use, possession, purchase, sale, distribution or manufacturing of controlled
substances and/or drugs, or drug paraphernalia, except as expressly permitted by
16. Use, possession or distribution of firearms, ammunition for firearms, other deadly
weapons and/or dangerous instruments.
17. Forcible and/or unauthorized entry into and/or unauthorized presence in University
18. Starting fires, causing explosions, falsely reporting the presence of fire, bombs,
incendiary or explosive devises, or falsely reporting an emergency.
19. Unauthorized or improper possession, use, removal, tampering or disabling of fire
and/or safety equipment and/or warning devices or failure to follow standard fire
and/or emergency safety procedures.
20. Gambling, as defined in Section 53-278a of the Connecticut General Statutes, on
21. Unauthorized use of University property or the property of members of the University
community or of University affiliates.
22. Conduct that violates published University policies, rules, and regulations, including,
but not limited to, residence hall rules and regulations.
23. Conduct prohibited by any federal, state, and/or local law, regulation or ordinance.
24. Unauthorized use of University computers and/or peripheral systems and networks.
25. Abuse of the University judicial system.
Determined by the Marriage and Family Therapy Program
4. Ethical, professional, and legal conduct as embodied in the AAMFT Code of Ethics,
and University standards for student behavior.
The Marriage and Family Therapy Program expects students to adhere to the standards of
conduct as defined by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Code of Ethics. Violations of these standards can result in immediate suspension.
Responsibility to Clients
Marriage and family therapists advance the welfare of families and individuals. They respect the
rights of those persons seeking their assistance, and make reasonable efforts to ensure that their
services are used appropriately.
1.1. Marriage and family therapists provide professional assistance to persons without
discrimination on the basis of race, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, gender,
health status, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.
1.2 Marriage and family therapists obtain appropriate informed consent to therapy or related
procedures as early as feasible in the therapeutic relationship, and use language that is reasonably
understandable to clients. The content of informed consent may vary depending upon the client
and treatment plan; however, informed consent generally necessitates that the client: (a) has the
capacity to consent; (b) has been adequately informed of significant information concerning
treatment processes and procedures; (c) has been adequately informed of potential risks and
benefits of treatments for which generally recognized standards do not yet exist; (d) has freely
and without undue influence expressed consent; and (e) has provided consent that is
appropriately documented. When persons, due to age or mental status, are legally incapable of
giving informed consent, marriage and family therapists obtain informed permission from a
legally authorized person, if such substitute consent is legally permissible.
1.3 Marriage and family therapists are aware of their influential positions with respect to clients,
and they avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of such persons. Therapists, therefore, make
every effort to avoid conditions and multiple relationships with clients that could impair
professional judgment or increase the risk of exploitation. Such relationships include, but are not
limited to, business or close personal relationships with a client or the client’s immediate family.
When the risk of impairment or exploitation exists due to conditions or multiple roles, therapists
take appropriate precautions.
1.4 Sexual intimacy with clients is prohibited.
1.5 Sexual intimacy with former clients is likely to be harmful and is therefore prohibited for two
years following the termination of therapy or last professional contact. In an effort to avoid
exploiting the trust and dependency of clients, marriage and family therapists should not engage
in sexual intimacy with former clients after the two years following termination or last
professional contact. Should therapists engage in sexual intimacy with former clients following
two years after termination or last professional contact, the burden shifts to the therapist to
demonstrate that there has been no exploitation or injury to the former client or to the client’s
1.6 Marriage and family therapists comply with applicable laws regarding the reporting of
alleged unethical conduct.
1.7 Marriage and family therapists do not use their professional relationships with clients to
further their own interests.
1.8 Marriage and family therapists respect the rights of clients to make decisions and help them
to understand the consequences of these decisions. Therapists clearly advise the clients that they
have the responsibility to make decisions regarding relationships such as cohabitation, marriage,
divorce, separation, reconciliation, custody, and visitation.
1.9 Marriage and family therapists continue therapeutic relationships only so long as it is
reasonably clear that clients are benefiting from the relationship.
1.10 Marriage and family therapists assist persons in obtaining other therapeutic services if the
therapist is unable or unwilling, for appropriate reasons, to provide professional help.
1.11 Marriage and family therapists do not abandon or neglect clients in treatment without
making reasonable arrangements for the continuation of such treatment.
1.12 Marriage and family therapists obtain written informed consent from clients before
videotaping, audio recording, or permitting third-party observation.
1.13 Marriage and family therapists, upon agreeing to provide services to a person or entity at the
request of a third party, clarify, to the extent feasible and at the outset of the service, the nature of
the relationship with each party and the limits of confidentiality.
Marriage and family therapists have unique confidentiality concerns because the client in a
therapeutic relationship may be more than one person. Therapists respect and guard the
confidences of each individual client.
2.1 Marriage and family therapists disclose to clients and other interested parties, as early as
feasible in their professional contacts, the nature of confidentiality and possible limitations of the
clients’ right to confidentiality. Therapists review with clients the circumstances where
confidential information may be requested and where disclosure of confidential information may
be legally required. Circumstances may necessitate repeated disclosures.
2.2 Marriage and family therapists do not disclose client confidences except by written
authorization or waiver, or where mandated or permitted by law. Verbal authorization will not be
sufficient except in emergency situations, unless prohibited by law. When providing couple,
family or group treatment, the therapist does not disclose information outside the treatment
context without a written authorization from each individual competent to execute a waiver. In
the context of couple, family or group treatment, the therapist may not reveal any individual’s
confidences to others in the client unit without the prior written permission of that individual.
2.3 Marriage and family therapists use client and/or clinical materials in teaching, writing,
consulting, research, and public presentations only if a written waiver has been obtained in
accordance with Subprinciple 2.2, or when appropriate steps have been taken to protect client
identity and confidentiality.
2.4 Marriage and family therapists store, safeguard, and dispose of client records in ways that
maintain confidentiality and in accord with applicable laws and professional standards.
2.5 Subsequent to the therapist moving from the area, closing the practice, or upon the death of
the therapist, a marriage and family therapist arranges for the storage, transfer, or disposal of
client records in ways that maintain confidentiality and safeguard the welfare of clients.
2.6 Marriage and family therapists, when consulting with colleagues or referral sources, do not
share confidential information that could reasonably lead to the identification of a client, research
participant, supervisee, or other person with whom they have a confidential relationship unless
they have obtained the prior written consent of the client, research participant, supervisee, or
other person with whom they have a confidential relationship. Information may be shared only to
the extent necessary to achieve the purposes of the consultation.
Professional Competence and Integrity
Marriage and family therapists maintain high standards of professional competence and integrity.
3.1 Marriage and family therapists pursue knowledge of new developments and maintain
competence in marriage and family therapy through education, training, or supervised experience.
3.2 Marriage and family therapists maintain adequate knowledge of and adhere to applicable
laws, ethics, and professional standards.
3.3 Marriage and family therapists seek appropriate professional assistance for their personal
problems or conflicts that may impair work performance or clinical judgment.
3.4 Marriage and family therapists do not provide services that create a conflict of interest that
may impair work performance or clinical judgment.
3.5 Marriage and family therapists, as presenters, teachers, supervisors, consultants and
researchers, are dedicated to high standards of scholarship, present accurate information, and
disclose potential conflicts of interest.
3.6 Marriage and family therapists maintain accurate and adequate clinical and financial records.
3.7 While developing new skills in specialty areas, marriage and family therapists take steps to
ensure the competence of their work and to protect clients from possible harm. Marriage and
family therapists practice in specialty areas new to them only after appropriate education,
training, or supervised experience.
3.8 Marriage and family therapists do not engage in sexual or other forms of harassment of
clients, students, trainees, supervisees, employees, colleagues, or research subjects.
3.9 Marriage and family therapists do not engage in the exploitation of clients, students, trainees,
supervisees, employees, colleagues, or research subjects.
3.10 Marriage and family therapists do not give to or receive from clients (a) gifts of substantial
value or (b) gifts that impair the integrity or efficacy of the therapeutic relationship.
3.11 Marriage and family therapists do not diagnose, treat, or advise on problems outside the
recognized boundaries of their competencies.
3.12 Marriage and family therapists make efforts to prevent the distortion or misuse of their
clinical and research findings.
3.13 Marriage and family therapists, because of their ability to influence and alter the lives of
others, exercise special care when making public their professional recommendations and
opinions through testimony or other public statements.
3.14 To avoid a conflict of interests, marriage and family therapists who treat minors or adults
involved in custody or visitation actions may not also perform forensic evaluations for custody,
residence, or visitation of the minor. The marriage and family therapist who treats the minor may
provide the court or mental health professional performing the evaluation with information about
the minor from the marriage and family therapist’s perspective as a treating marriage and family
therapist, so long as the marriage and family therapist does not violate confidentiality.
3.15 Marriage and family therapists are in violation of this Code and subject to termination of
membership or other appropriate action if they: (a) are convicted of any felony; (b) are convicted
of a misdemeanor related to their qualifications or functions; (c) engage in conduct which could
lead to conviction of a felony, or a misdemeanor related to their qualifications or functions; (d)
are expelled from or disciplined by other professional organizations; (e) have their licenses or
certificates suspended or revoked or are otherwise disciplined by regulatory bodies; (f) continue
to practice marriage and family therapy while no longer competent to do so because they are
impaired by physical or mental causes or the abuse of alcohol or other substances; or (g) fail to
cooperate with the Association at any point from the inception of an ethical complaint through
the completion of all proceedings regarding that complaint.
Responsibility to Students and Supervisees
Marriage and family therapists do not exploit the trust and dependency of students and
4.1 Marriage and family therapists are aware of their influential positions with respect to students
and supervisees, and they avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of such persons. Therapists,
therefore, make every effort to avoid conditions and multiple relationships that could impair
professional objectivity or increase the risk of exploitation. When the risk of impairment or
exploitation exists due to conditions or multiple roles, therapists take appropriate precautions.
4.2 Marriage and family therapists do not provide therapy to current students or supervisees.
4.3 Marriage and family therapists do not engage in sexual intimacy with students or supervisees
during the evaluative or training relationship between the therapist and student or supervisee.
Should a supervisor engage in sexual activity with a former supervisee, the burden of proof shifts
to the supervisor to demonstrate that there has been no exploitation or injury to the supervisee.
4.4 Marriage and family therapists do not permit students or supervisees to perform or to hold
themselves out as competent to perform professional services beyond their training, level of
experience, and competence.
4.5 Marriage and family therapists take reasonable measures to ensure that services provided by
supervisees are professional.
4.6 Marriage and family therapists avoid accepting as supervisees or students those individuals
with whom a prior or existing relationship could compromise the therapist’s objectivity. When
such situations cannot be avoided, therapists take appropriate precautions to maintain objectivity.
Examples of such relationships include, but are not limited to, those individuals with whom the
therapist has a current or prior sexual, close personal, immediate familial, or therapeutic
4.7 Marriage and family therapists do not disclose supervisee confidences except by written
authorization or waiver, or when mandated or permitted by law. In educational or training
settings where there are multiple supervisors, disclosures are permitted only to other professional
colleagues, administrators, or employers who share responsibility for training of the supervisee.
Verbal authorization will not be sufficient except in emergency situations, unless prohibited by
Responsibility to Research Participants
Investigators respect the dignity and protect the welfare of research participants, and are aware of
applicable laws and regulations and professional standards governing the conduct of research.
5. 1 Investigators are responsible for making careful examinations of ethical acceptability in
planning studies. To the extent that services to research participants may be compromised by
participation in research, investigators seek the ethical advice of qualified professionals not
directly involved in the investigation and observe safeguards to protect the rights of research
5. 2 Investigators requesting participant involvement in research inform participants of the
aspects of the research that might reasonably be expected to influence willingness to participate.
Investigators are especially sensitive to the possibility of diminished consent when participants
are also receiving clinical services, or have impairments which limit understanding and/or
communication, or when participants are children.
5.3 Investigators respect each participant’s freedom to decline participation in or to withdraw
from a research study at any time. This obligation requires special thought and consideration
when investigators or other members of the research team are in positions of authority or
influence over participants. Marriage and family therapists, therefore, make every effort to avoid
multiple relationships with research participants that could impair professional judgment or
increase the risk of exploitation.
5.4 Information obtained about a research participant during the course of an investigation is
confidential unless there is a waiver previously obtained in writing. When the possibility exists
that others, including family members, may obtain access to such information, this possibility,
together with the plan for protecting confidentiality, is explained as part of the procedure for
obtaining informed consent.
Responsibility to the Profession
Marriage and family therapists respect the rights and responsibilities of professional colleagues
and participate in activities that advance the goals of the profession.
6.1 Marriage and family therapists remain accountable to the standards of the profession when
acting as members or employees of organizations. If the mandates of an organization with which
a marriage and family therapist is affiliated, through employment, contract or otherwise, conflict
with the AAMFT Code of Ethics, marriage and family therapists make known to the
organization their commitment to the AAMFT Code of Ethics and attempt to resolve the conflict
in a way that allows the fullest adherence to the Code of Ethics.
6.2 Marriage and family therapists assign publication credit to those who have contributed to a
publication in proportion to their contributions and in accordance with customary professional
6.3 Marriage and family therapists do not accept or require authorship credit for a publication
based on research from a student’s program, unless the therapist made a substantial contribution
beyond being a faculty advisor or research committee member. Coauthorship on a student thesis,
dissertation, or project should be determined in accordance with principles of fairness and justice.
6.4 Marriage and family therapists who are the authors of books or other materials that are
published or distributed do not plagiarize or fail to cite persons to whom credit for original ideas
or work is due.
6.5 Marriage and family therapists who are the authors of books or other materials published or
distributed by an organization take reasonable precautions to ensure that the organization
promotes and advertises the materials accurately and factually.
6.6 Marriage and family therapists participate in activities that contribute to a better community
and society, including devoting a portion of their professional activity to services for which there
is little or no financial return.
6.7 Marriage and family therapists are concerned with developing laws and regulations
pertaining to marriage and family therapy that serve the public interest, and with altering such
laws and regulations that are not in the public interest.
6.8 Marriage and family therapists encourage public participation in the design and delivery of
professional services and in the regulation of practitioners.
Marriage and family therapists make financial arrangements with clients, third-party payors, and
supervisees that are reasonably understandable and conform to accepted professional practices.
7.1 Marriage and family therapists do not offer or accept kickbacks, rebates, bonuses, or other
remuneration for referrals; fee-for-service arrangements are not prohibited.
7.2 Prior to entering into the therapeutic or supervisory relationship, marriage and family
therapists clearly disclose and explain to clients and supervisees: (a) all financial arrangements
and fees related to professional services, including charges for canceled or missed appointments;
(b) the use of collection agencies or legal measures for nonpayment; and (c) the procedure for
obtaining payment from the client, to the extent allowed by law, if payment is denied by the
third-party payor. Once services have begun, therapists provide reasonable notice of any changes
in fees or other charges.
7.3 Marriage and family therapists give reasonable notice to clients with unpaid balances of their
intent to seek collection by agency or legal recourse. When such action is taken, therapists will
not disclose clinical information.
7.4 Marriage and family therapists represent facts truthfully to clients, third-party payors, and
supervisees regarding services rendered.
7.5 Marriage and family therapists ordinarily refrain from accepting goods and services from
clients in return for services rendered. Bartering for professional services may be conducted only
if: (a) the supervisee or client requests it, (b) the relationship is not exploitative, (c) the
professional relationship is not distorted, and (d) a clear written contract is established.
7.6 Marriage and family therapists may not withhold records under their immediate control that
are requested and needed for a client’s treatment solely because payment has not been received
for past services, except as otherwise provided by law.
Marriage and family therapists engage in appropriate informational activities, including those
that enable the public, referral sources, or others to choose professional services on an informed
8.1 Marriage and family therapists accurately represent their competencies, education, training,
and experience relevant to their practice of marriage and family therapy.
8.2 Marriage and family therapists ensure that advertisements and publications in any media
(such as directories, announcements, business cards, newspapers, radio, television, Internet, and
facsimiles) convey information that is necessary for the public to make an appropriate selection
of professional services. Information could include: (a) office information, such as name, address,
telephone number, credit card acceptability, fees, languages spoken, and office hours; (b)
qualifying clinical degree (see subprinciple 8.5); (c) other earned degrees (see subprinciple 8.5)
and state or provincial licensures and/or certifications; (d) AAMFT clinical member status; and
(e) description of practice.
8.3 Marriage and family therapists do not use names that could mislead the public concerning the
identity, responsibility, source, and status of those practicing under that name, and do not hold
themselves out as being partners or associates of a firm if they are not.
8.4 Marriage and family therapists do not use any professional identification (such as a business
card, office sign, letterhead, Internet, or telephone or association directory listing) if it includes a
statement or claim that is false, fraudulent, misleading, or deceptive.
8.5 In representing their educational qualifications, marriage and family therapists list and claim
as evidence only those earned degrees: (a) from institutions accredited by regional accreditation
sources recognized by the United States Department of Education, (b) from institutions
recognized by states or provinces that license or certify marriage and family therapists, or (c)
from equivalent foreign institutions.
8.6 Marriage and family therapists correct, wherever possible, false, misleading, or inaccurate
information and representations made by others concerning the therapist's qualifications, services,
8.7 Marriage and family therapists make certain that the qualifications of their employees or
supervisees are represented in a manner that is not false, misleading, or deceptive.
8.8 Marriage and family therapists do not represent themselves as providing specialized services
unless they have the appropriate education, training, or supervised experience.
Determined by the School of Graduate Studies
Academic standards are addressed by the School of Graduate Studies. These complete standards
can be found in the Graduate Catalogue.
1. A student whose quality point ration (QPR) falls below 3.0 during the last semester of
course work will be placed on academic probation and given one semester to raise the
QPR to the 3.0 level required for graduation. If, after completing an additional semester
of work, the QPR is still below 3.0, the student will be dismissed.
2. A student who is suspended may apply for readmission to the same program after the
lapse of one semester. To be readmitted, the student must submit a petition to the
Program Coordinator describing why he/she will be successful if readmitted.
The Program Coordinator will return the petition to the student with reasons.
3. A readmitted student must achieve a minimum grade point ratio of 3.5 in the next 12
credits of coursework taken. Should the student fail to achieve 3.5, he or she will be
dismissed from the School of Graduate Studies with no option for readmission.
If there exists a violation of University Policy or the Student Code of Conduct, or the student is
unable or unwilling to complete the remediation plan outlined in this policy, then the faculty of
the program would have the option of using dismissal from the program as an action of last
resort. If this action is taken, the program faculty (including the department chair) will:
•Document all evidence leading to this decision;
•Inform the Dean of the School of Health and Human Services of the decision;
•Inform the Dean of the Graduate School of the decision;
•Inform the Dean of Student Affairs of the decision;
•Inform the student of the decision;
•Inform the student of his/her due process options; and
•Provide the contact information for the person to whom an appeal would be made.
STUDENT REVIEW COMMITTEE (SRC)
As members of an academic, intellectual, and professional community, it is expected that
feedback between faculty and students be continuous. The assumption is made that growth and
change can and will occur, both for faculty and students, and that evaluation and feedback are
essential parts of the process. The work of the Committee in no way supplants these processes or
the evaluations that classroom and field faculty may make.
Role and Function
The purpose of the Student Review Committee is to deliberate, monitor, and review those
situations where a student’s behavior and performance are not meeting department standards. It
becomes active relative to any particular student when a faculty member believes that a
student is not meeting the program’s expectations for continuation in the program.
The Student Review Committee (SRC) serves in a consultative capacity to any faculty member
who desires a forum for discussing individual student problems. This may include problems in
the program, internship , classroom, or concerns about student’s ethical behavior. In this
consultative capacity, the Committee does not function as an oversight group, but one in which a
faculty member can seek support and clarification. It becomes active if and when a faculty
member requests its services.
The SRC also serves a decision making function in the following way: if a student receives a
failing grade in internship, and the student requests that the program consider his/her
continuation in the program, the Committee will deliberate this matter and upon review
make a decision. It should be noted, however, that the Committee has no jurisdiction
regarding the grade awarded by any instructor. The SRC is also empowered to make a
decision about a student being appropriate for agency placement.
Continuation in the graduate program is contingent upon positive ongoing faculty evaluation
of the student in three distinct yet related areas:
1. classroom achievement as reflected in grades and total Q.P.R.
2. performance in internship as reflected in ongoing faculty and agency supervisor evaluation
3. ethical, professional, legal conduct as embodied in the AAMFT Code of Ethics and
University standards for student behavior.
The SRC will conduct a Spring Review of all students in first year internships to ascertain that
they are performing at acceptable levels in all three areas.
The SRC is comprised of the Coordinator of the MFT Program, who is responsible for chairing
and convening meetings, the advisor, and the faculty advisor of the student being reviewed. Any
student who is reviewed by the Committee will be notified that this review is taking place by
his/her advisor or the coordinator. Students will be able to bring another matriculated student for
Minutes will be kept. The Committee will try to reach consensus regarding any decisions that
need to be made, but it is understood that when a consensus cannot be reached majority rule will
apply. When voting is required, the advisor does not vote. The committee will maintain the
confidentiality of the proceedings.
Faculty may want to consult with the MFT Program Coordinator prior to any review.
Student Review Committee Review Process
When a student:
• Is suspected of violating the AAMFT Code of Ethics
• Appears to be seriously harmful to clients
• Has committed a criminal act
• Is not meeting essential abilities and attributes (as outlined in this manual) required for
continuance in the Program of Marriage and Family Therapy:
1. The appropriate faculty member (e.g., advisor, classroom instructor, or agency
supervisor) must make a written request to the MFT Program Coordinator for a status review
by the SRC.
2. The MFT Program Coordinator sets the meeting, time, and date for the SRC meeting and
advises students of their rights at least one week in advance.
3. The appropriate faculty member prepares a report for review. The report will be
available to the student and committee members at least a week in advance of the Status
4. The student and/or the advisor can provide additional information at the Status
Review meeting. Minutes of the meeting are kept by a designated faculty member of the
committee. The student can ask to be accompanied by another student, this student can
provide a “student perspective.”
5. The SRC committee meets in closed session to make decisions regarding the student's
continuation in the program. All discussions and deliberations are to be carried out
maintaining professional standards of confidentiality.
6. Decisions are forwarded in writing by the MFT Program Coordinator to the student
and advisor, and copies are placed in the student's file.
7. If the decision is that the student continues in the program, it is the responsibility of the
MFT Program Coordinator and the advisor to monitor whether the recommendations have
been implemented and followed and whether the identified problem has been satisfactorily
8. If the decision is made that the student shall not continue in the program, the student shall
be notified of dismissal in writing by the Chairperson of the department. A copy of the letter
shall be sent to the Dean of the School of Health and Human Services, MFT Program
Coordinator, student's advisor, and the Dean of Graduate Studies for graduate students.
STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
Definition: A student grievance is defined as a violation of a student's rights as set forth in the
University Student Handbook. It is further defined as a difference, complaint, or dispute
resulting from alleged administrative or academic injustice, or regarding the interpretation and
application of the Program of Marriage and Family Therapy policy and/or procedures.
Academic injustice is not to be construed to include the change of a student's grade (see AAUP,
Article 22.214.171.124. (CBA)) nor shall a complaint regarding change of academic or administrative
policy be considered a valid grievance. Concerns regarding a change of policy must be
submitted to the appropriate person(s) or committee(s).
Adjudication of Student Grievances:
The student who has an alleged grievance is hereafter known as the complainant. The person
who is the occasion of the alleged grievance is hereafter known as the respondent.
A. A grievance may be filed by any student taking courses in the Marriage and Family Therapy
Program. A grievance may be filed by a person who is not a student provided that 1) the
alleged violation occurred when he/she was student, and 2) procedures for redress were
started as soon as the alleged violation become known.
B. The fact that a grievance has been filed shall in no way be held against or used against
C. The first step in the grievance process (3.a.) must have begun within 20 class days after the
alleged violation became known.
The complainant shall:
a. Initiate a discussion with the respondent in order to affect a resolution of the alleged
grievance. If, in the complainant's judgment, the alleged grievance is unresolved, he or she
shall, within 10 class days,
b. Initiate a discussion with the complainant's faculty advisor (or other Marriage and Family
Therapy faculty member when advisor is the respondent). This advisor shall act as a neutral
third party to help resolve the alleged grievance (including bringing all parties together for
discussion). If, in the complainant's judgment, the alleged grievance is unresolved, he or she
shall, within 10 class days,
c. Submit the alleged grievance in writing to the Program Coordinator of the Marriage
and Family Therapy Program who shall talk to the parties involved to arrive at the decision
as to whether or not the alleged grievance meets the definition of grievance. The Chair’s
ruling shall be considered binding.
d. The Chair shall convene the first meeting of the grievance committee, give the committee its
charge, and supply copies of the written grievance to the committee.
e. The committee shall be composed of:
1. One faculty member and one peer selected by the complainant
2. Program Coordinator
3. Two members (one faculty and one student) selected by the Program Coordinator
of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program
4. A chairperson shall be appointed from the membership of the committee
f. The committee shall attempt to resolve this grievance by discussion, consensus, and
ultimately by vote, if necessary. Each member of the grievance committee shall have one
vote, which by secret ballot shall be counted by the Chair of the Department of Social Work
in the presence of the grievance committee, the complainant and the respondent. The
outcome and recommendations of the grievance committee, whether by consensus or vote,
shall be considered a resolution of the grievance and shall be reported to the Chair of the
Department of Social Work in writing.
Mail and other notices will be distributed in students' mailboxes which are located in the
Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic in Davis, 020A.
All students must apply for graduation by filling out a Graduate Degree Application. This form
may be obtained in the Records Office (Wintergreen Building). Students should check the
Graduate Catalog for the application deadline. Any student who does not apply for
graduation by the application deadline will not graduate. The student must initiate the
process of applying for graduation. The University will not provide the student with a diploma
unless application is made and all requirements are met.
The Campus Police Department is located behind the Health Center in Granoff Hall.
Police officers are responsible for the safety and protection of the campus and its personnel as
well as for enforcing parking regulations and conducting investigations. Students should
promptly report thefts or any other incidents on campus directly to the Campus Police
Department, open 24 hours a day. Students may either stop by or call the emergency numbers:
392-5375, or on campus at extension 25375.
The Campus Police Department has both male and female officers assigned to the patrol units.
All officers are trained and have the same authority of a municipal police department. The
department also has female and male officers trained to handle cases of sexual assault.
In addition, lost items may be claimed there and found items may be turned in there.
The SCSU Bookstore, located between the Student Center and Seabury Hall, sells new and used
textbooks as well as a variety of clothing items, school supplies, and dorm accessories. Computer
software, peripherals, and supplies and special book sale promotions are also featured.
The regular hours of the bookstore are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and
Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. These hours are extended at the beginning of each semester. Call
for summer hours. Personal checks (with two forms of ID) and Master Card or Visa, in addition
to cash, are accepted for payment. Textbooks may be returned for refund with sales receipt
within the first three weeks of classes (one week in summer) if in new, unmarked condition.
Textbook buyback is held every day during normal business hours; I.D. required.
In the event of severe weather conditions that could result in the closing of the University,
students are advised call 203-392-SNOW, the Weathercheck Line. Students may also listen for
announcements on the following local radio stations from 6 a.m. on: WELI, WNHC, WAVZ,
WKCI and WPLR, New Haven; WSCR, Hamden; WEZN, WICC, Bridgeport; WSTC and
WYRS, Stamford; WATR, Waterbury; WDRC and WTIC, Hartford; WNLC and WTYD, New
London; WMMM, Westport; WRCQ and WRCH, Farmington.
All full and part-time students must have a University picture ID card. The Hoot Loot card is not
only the University picture ID, it also provides a variety of services: access to residence halls,
access to food service plans, as well as access to the library. In addition, the Hoot Loot card has
other advantages allowing patrons to put money on the card, and make purchases from on-
campus vending machines, the University Bookstore, University Food Services, and convenience
stores, as well as off-campus vendors. Furthermore, if the Hoot Loot card holder opens an
account with the Southern New England Federal Credit Union, located on campus, the card will
act as an ATM card, accepted world-wide. For more information, contact the University Card
Office at (203)-392-7077, visit the office in Wintergreen, or simply click on the student service
page of the Southern web site; www.southernct.edu/services.
The Granoff Student Health Center is located in Granoff Hall on Wintergreen Avenue in a
building that it shares with University Police. A physician is available from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. Monday through Friday; the number is 392-6300. Full-time graduate students must have
properly completed health forms (questionnaire and physical examination) on file at Granoff
Health Services to be eligible for campus medical services. Connecticut state statutes require all
matriculated students (full and part-time) to show proof of adequate immunization against
measles (rubeola) and German measles (rubella).
Accident insurance protection is part of the General Fee paid by the full-time
students. In addition to the accident coverage, the University also requires a sickness insurance
plan to cover some surgical expenses and hospitalization costs. Full-time students will be
automatically enrolled in and billed for the sickness insurance plan unless they submit a
signed waiver, included with the bill, indicating equivalent coverage. Details of both plans are
in a brochure distributed by the university to each student. In the event of accident or sickness,
students can obtain a medical claim form from Student Health Services. Students are advised to
consult the health insurance brochure available from Student Health Services for additional
The clinical psychologist, located in the Health Services building, is available by appointment.
No matter what problem or difficulty they are facing, students may refer themselves to the
psychologist. All conversations are confidential and no diagnoses are made or case records kept.
An open-stack system gives students easy access to library materials, while large collections of
rare books, newspapers, and journals are available in microform. In addition, patrons can
generally photocopy the library's bound, unbound, and microfilmed materials to facilitate the
collecting of resource information for study and research. Enduser database information retrieval
is available from a total of 34 different automated databases located in the Periodicals and
An online public access catalog (OPAC) is available replacing and extending the traditional card
catalog. In addition to the customary author-title-subject capability of the old card file, patrons
may now search using multiple approaches and combinations, such as several subjects at once,
dates, call numbers, keyword, Boolean searches, etc. From the same terminal one may also
search the catalogs of sister CSU university libraries and other selected libraries within the
vicinity of the Southern campus.
Your current validated Hoot Loot card is your library card.
Regular Loan: 28 days; all books are subject to recall.
Overdue Books and Materials
Students must read and be aware of the return date in each book to know when the book is due.
Overdue notices are sent our regularly. All library obligations (fines for overdue and/or lost
books) must be paid as they occur or collection procedures will be started.
Students are asked not to loan library cards or check out books for other students as they will be
monetarily liable for any materials signed out in their name. Any library material which is lost
should be reported to the Circulation Department as soon as possible in order to avoid additional
Fines and Penalties
Overdue books on a 28 days loan - 10 cents a day. Overdue closed research books - 25 cents an
hour or any fraction thereof; $2 a day.
Borrowers who lose a book should report its loss immediately and are responsible for its
replacement including cost of processing.
Reserve books on hourly circulation during the day are located at the reserve desk and may be
taken overnight from the library after 4 p.m. Overnight books are due at 9 a.m. the following
Periodicals are reference material and do not circulate. Copying machines are available in the
hall outside the Periodical Room and on each floor.
A Guide to the Hilton C. Buley Library is available to students at the Circulation Desk on the
main floor. The library staff will provide information about library services and policies.
Formal class presentations are available upon request through the Bibliographic Instruction
LOST AND FOUND
The University is not responsible for personal property loss. The Lost and Found Service is
located in the Campus Police Department. Such articles should be turned in or claimed at this
Notary service is available to students in the Student Center, SC 100, during posted hours.
TYCO COPY CENTER
A full service copy center is conveniently located in Engleman Hall. Most of your copying
needs can be fulfilled while you wait. The copy center is open Monday through Friday from
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Video Calendar is the name of Southern's unique electronic information network. Each day,
students can receive all kinds of information about what's going on at Southern, from
announcements of student organizations and library hours to what's on sale at the bookstore,
entertainment features, and much more. This programming, updated on a daily basis, is received
at information terminals located throughout the University. It's easy to get an announcement or
information of an upcoming event published on Video Calendar. Just submit a Publicity Request
Form available at SC 100, up to ten days before the event. This information is then programmed
into the system within three days. Video Calendar does not accept commercial advertising or
announcements. Only information submitted by officially recognized student organizations or
campus agencies is eligible for broadcast.
ACADEMIC COMPUTER CENTER
The Academic Computer Center, located in Jennings Hall, is open from 8:10a.m. to 9:45p.m. on
weekdays, from 10:00a.m. until 4:45p.m. on Saturdays, and from 12:10p.m. until 4:45p.m. on
Sundays. There are over 100 personal computers as well as 40 terminals attached to the VAX
Each student has an academic file in which evaluations, pertinent information and
correspondence are placed.
Graduating students are entitled to participate in the University's commencement exercises. In
addition to this official ceremony, the graduate Marriage and Family Therapy Program sponsors
a brunch in honor of graduates.
The Marriage and Family Therapy Program provides assistance for job placement in a number of
ways: posting in a special job folder, and alerting faculty who advise students to new positions as
they become available.
CHANGE OF COURSE SCHEDULE
A student may drop a course by obtaining the necessary forms from the Registrar and obtaining
approval of the advisor. Adding a course or changing a section must have the approval of the
advisor and the Program Coordinator. Please be aware that changes in course schedules
may alter your planned program.
GRADUATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY ORGANIZATION (GMFTO)
The GMFTO is a student-led organization and association open to all MFT graduate students.
Its purpose is to respond to the academic and collegial needs of students as defined by the
students. Issues related to student-faculty relations, curriculum, and student participation in
department decision-making, are addressed. This organization is involved in the orientation of
new students and the planning of the graduation ceremony.
Leave of Absence Permission Form............................................................................................39
Application for Independent Study.............................................................................................40
Independent Study: Policies and Guidelines...............................................................................41