Job ID: 141930

MFT Adjunct Faculty (Spring Semester)

University of San Francisco

  • May 15, 2020
  • MFT Adjunct Faculty (Spring Semester)
  • University of San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Adjunct/Visiting Prof
  • Family Studies/Child Development
    Psychology - General
    Psychology - Clinical

Job Title:
MFT Adjunct Faculty (Spring Semester)

Job Summary:
The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco is seeking adjunct instructors to teach the following course for the Spring Semester. Students in the MFT Program graduate with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Graduates are eligible to gain hours for licensure through the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for the MFT and have the option of gaining eligibility for the License in Professional Clinical Counseling. We encourage outstanding and qualified candidates to apply as soon as possible. Below is a description of the course that need staffing.

Mission Statement: The Masters in Counseling Psychology Program with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at the University of San Francisco prepares students to be socially and culturally responsive relationship and family therapists and mental health counselors. At its core, the MFT's clinical training program upholds values of equity, social justice, community and cultural wealth, and collaborative problem solving. We are committed to embracing diversity, academic excellence, and to the compassionate service of children, adults, and families.

Full Job Description:


CPSY 631 - Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
Course Description: This course provides an overview of the basic concepts, history, process of psychotherapy, mechanisms of change, and applications of the major schools of counseling and psychotherapy, including behavioral, psychodynamic, and humanistic. This course uses a multicultural lens to examine each school of thought or theory. That is, each school of thought or theory is evaluated based on its culture-bound factors and applicability to diverse populations. Finally, this course will thoroughly examine current trends and pressing questions in the practice of counseling with attention to interviewing skills.

CPSY 632 - Child and Adolescent Development
Course Description: This course will provide an overview of child and adolescent development, and will include developing the knowledge and skills in counseling children and adolescents. Students will learn to assess behavior and incorporate developmentally, ethnically, legally, and gender appropriate strategies to meet the needs of counseling children and adolescents. Analysis, synthesis, and appropriate application of child development and counseling theories to the practice of counseling children and adolescents is emphasized.

CPSY 634 - Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues
Course Description: This course features the roles and responsibilities of Marriage and Family Therapists according to the laws and ethical principles governing practice. Particular emphasis will be given to the ethics codes of major professional associations, family law and statutes covering mental health practice for MFTs in California, and legal mandates pertaining to children in schools.

CPSY 638 - Traineeship II
Course Description: A Level 2 supervised experience in marriage and family therapy in an institutional setting under professional supervision. This course is a continuation of Traineeship I, expanding upon each student's knowledge, goals, and clinical growth.

CPSY 639 - Individual and Family Psychopathology
Course Description: This course includes an understanding of individuals and family psychopathology through the examination of a variety of models, with a focus on the interaction of culture, economics and diagnosis. Basic knowledge of the diagnostic process and criteria associated with diagnostic categories in the DSM-5 are explored. Students are provided with opportunities to interact with mental health consumers.

CPSY 640 - Relationship Therapy
Course Description: The focus of this course is on relationships: the ways in which people develop as relational beings, their approach towards relating to others, and the way in which the therapy relationship is navigated to promote behavioral and intra-psychic change. The course will review the formation and dynamics of interpersonal relationships in the individual, family, couples, and other relationships. Developmental, intergenerational, identity and cultural influences on the understanding relationships dynamics will be examined. In addition, this course will critically examine the clinical and research literature on relationships and family treatment of mental health issues. Major theoretical approaches towards work with families, couples and other relationship constellations will be reviewed, including: Bowen, strategic, structural, experiential, cognitive-behavioral, psychoanalytic, solution-focused, narrative, emotion-focused, Gottman method, and integrative approaches. These theories will be examined for their intervention effectiveness with diverse communities and relationships.

CPSY 642 - Counseling Methods
Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of foundational counseling skills and the opportunity to practice the skills acquired in the course. The focus of the course is on the foundational microskills (counseling skills) that form the basis of the counseling process, regardless of theoretical orientation. Student will learn to effectively use the counseling skills to work with diverse clients and will be required to demonstrate an understanding and proficiency in the use of these basic counseling skills.

CPSY 646 - Community Mental Health: Concepts of Recovery, Wellness, Systems of Care and Advocacy
Course Description: This course helps students understand the model of community mental health recover and the skills needed for mental health practice. Students will participate in hands-on experiences through a community mental health immersion experience, in addition to learning about strength and evidence based therapeutic interventions aimed at mental health consumers of community mental health care.

CPSY 649 - Sexuality and Gender Issues in Therapy
Course Description: This course is designed for counseling and mental health service professionals whose work will bring them into contact with clients experiencing problems and concerns with their sexuality and gender. We will examine the social psychological theories and research on how gender and sexuality shapes self-conceptions and social interactions across many domains. The course is designed to develop: students' knowledge base related to human sexuality and gender experiences, an understanding of the varied sexuality and gender-related issues which may be encountered in therapy practice, students' skills in assessment and intervention skills with regard to sexuality and gender-related experiences, and increased awareness of one's personal perceptions, attitudes in regard to sexuality and gender. Course participants will become more effective in identifying, assessing and intervening with issues related to sexuality and gender. Throughout the course, we will critically analyze the role of power and privilege in human sexuality and gender with an inclusive lens that recognizes the diversity in sexual and gender identities.

CPSY 651 - Adult Development and Geropsychology
Course Description: This course will provide an overview of the biological, psychological, and social developmental tasks and life events of the adult years, including a family and vocational perspective. There will be a focus on sociocultural, gender and family issues salient to relationships, separation, nontraditional and blended families, and geropsychology. Issues of aging and long-term care are stressed. Analysis, synthesis, and appropriate application of adult development and aging and the practice of counseling adults and older adults are emphasized.

CPSY 677 - Counseling Across Cultures
Course Description: This course features an understanding of multicultural issues in counseling with diverse ethnic groups, cultures, and social classes in American society. Emphasis is on developing cultural sensitivity to one's own cultural value system and the value and attitudes of diverse groups in cross-cultural counseling settings; increasing awareness of the effects that culture, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation have on human development and the counseling process.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must demonstrate expertise and knowledge in the specific content area of the course. Master's Degree in MFT, Ph.D./Psy.D, in Clinical or Counseling Psychology required. In congruence with our program's mission, instructors are required to integrate issues of diversity, equity, and advocacy in their teaching.

Special Instructions:

Please submit (a) cover letter stating qualifications and interest in the course(s) you want to teach; (b) curriculum vitae and; (c) three recommendation letters concerning your teaching skills for this application.

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