Capella University Reviews - Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy
Capella is a corporate machine who will take your money without any recourse. I would caution anyone choosing to go here. They are very hands off because they are so large and are for profit. You are not a student they care or work with but a means to make money. I received my Master in Marriage and Family Therapy through them and paid over $90k in fees and they have recently sent me to collection for a $900 class I did not formally withdraw from. I have tried to work with them for the past month to set up payment plans (even though I disputed the charges) and they will not pull me out of collection. (I have/had great credit and have never been sent to collections before in my 37 years.) Thanks, Capella!
From the very beginning of my career at Capella University, the advisors were knowledgeable, resourceful, and provided information of programs that would be useful in my future professional goals. Each professor has made themselves available to assist with any questions or concerns as well as provide several opportunities to enhance growth in the rigorous assignments that are required in classes. Each quarter students are able to look in advance to see when things are due which gives an opportunity to devise a schedule to ensure students are able to meet deadlines. Through readings and interactions with peers, students are able to apply knowledge they have learned and receive feedback from fellow peers and their professors. As a MFT student, I have learned more about the importance of family involvement in treatment as well as gravitated towards the narrative family therapy approach which views clients as resourceful and competent enough to overcome adversities through the help of the therapist uncovering their strengths.
The MFT program at Capella has been amazing. The interaction between students and faculty/staff is truly what you make it to be. You can be as involved and interactive as your schedule permits. That being said the 2 Residencies that Capella requires are fabulous. You meet person to person for the first time and work on theories and practices with each other for an intense, but fulfilling, learning and nearly unexplainable to someone who has not yet experienced it. The course work all builds on top of previous courses in a well managed manner, providing the best possible learning experience. The MFT program is dual certified scholastically, giving the learner the best of all possible worlds upon graduation.
This was the first time that I had on-line courses. I am a young 70 years of age and found the program and instructors to be very well versed in their field. I enjoyed the courses and have learned a lot. I am putting on hold the last of my courses only due to school loans are more than I feel comfortable with. I hope to conclude my degree in the near future.
This program is intense. It will take a lot from you in order to finish. Before you start, take some time for yourself. Create your own study process that will work on a daily basis. Take a vacation, save some money, and create a self-care plan. The program is designed to prepare you for becoming a person that will care for other people in an intense manner. There are courses in ethics, culture and diversity, theories, and socialization. Be prepared. You will have to travel on 2 occasions for what is called residency. Start saving now for your flight and hotel costs because the school will not cover that cost.
Capella University's MFT/C program emphasizes on the systemic theories within the field of marriage and family therapy. Students complete a variety of work, including reading and searching articles, writing and participating in class discussions, completing APA formatted essays, and attending two residencies that expand counseling skills and knowledge further (Track 1 typically focuses on joining and attending skills; Track 2 involves co-facilitating a group session as well as facilitating a mock session). Students receive instruction from active licensed MFTs, who provide impactful guidance and assistance throughout the program, which also have the potential to expand into professional contacts. The concluding portion of the program involves fieldwork (Practicum and Internship), which focus on supervised internships at clinics of students' choice and the accumulation of set hours (couples/families, individual, group, non-direct). Preparing for this last portion of the program is essential for all students, so reaching out to potential sites and networking with local MFTs or other practicing counseling professionals should be a prioritized thought for any student within the program. Capella MFT/C students also have access to take the NCC before graduation and become part of national counseling honor societies.
The marriage and Family Counseling Therapy Program is a great program. It covers many aspects of mental health issues that plague our society. The program focuses on issues surrounding families as a unit. Although individual therapy is covered in the curriculum, its focus is healing the individual through family involvement. The MFCT program is similar to the coursework covered in tradional schools. However I would suggest studying hard and researching various books and videos to further your professional knowledge.
After separating from the Air Force, I did not know what I was going to do with an undergrad in Social Psychology. When I found Capella, it answered all of those questions. The degree I earned set me up for success as clinical director of a community based behavioral health company and a clinical supervisor. I am proud to say some of my supervisors are Capella students!
Going to a college online is a real challenge. It requires so much more of the student than the traditional college or university. The programs are pretty awesome and make sure that you know what you are talking about when you get that degree. The professors in the Masters program are experts or veterans in the field. My program, every professor is a counselor with at least 15 years experience. Some of them are still practicing in their field, but they take the time to help you. The students at Capella are helpful in the course room and in social media. We follow each other on Facebook and other platforms. I would say to take the free tester course and see if you can do this. Find a group on Facebook for Capella students and start asking questions. If you are working, create a self care plan and get your family on a schedule so you can take the time to study, you will be expected to write a lot of essays at the Masters level.
The biggest compliment to the school is the orientation that I was required to complete before beginning my first class. Most professors have been great and informative, but a few have been lazy and did not really offer any instruction. The instructions for some papers need to be more clear. If a class offers supplemental instruction, take advantage of this because it was so helpful even after that class. There is a lot of reading required and you will do well to review assignments and post before reading to know what is most important. I sometimes question the grading policy. I have had at least one student in every class that writes posts with horrible grammar or just absolutely does not construct the post according to the guidelines. I wonder what actions are taken to help these students or at least make them aware of their errors. The school is accredited, but as with any school you want to make sure your program of study is accredited. If you are seeking licensure, check your state guidelines to make sure your program meets the requirements. I would advise e-mailing financial aid because I had an issue where they did not respond to my initial request and because I e-mailed the information I had proof and the issue was corrected. This is not a hand holding school, so if you need that, go elsewhere.