Capella University Reviews - Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy
Review of Marriage & Family Therapy Masters Degrees
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.
I found my years at Capella to be both challenging but informative. I enjoy the online platform, because I feel that you truly get a change to research ideas and therapeutic techniques in such a way were you're making an informed decision on which type of therapeutic technique you prefer to use. I found an academic advisor that I trusted, however, the financial aid office is another thing. They are not helpful in assisting you in making financial choices. However, the professors are great, however this school needs to be more proactive in assisting their students in the practicum and internship phases. Other schools have agreements with different organizations and hospitals. It would be nice for Capella to do the same thing, especially for those students who live in the middle of no where ville, or for me who live in a big city, but all of the hospitals and counseling organizations have affiliations.
This is my first time attending an educational institution that has been exclusively online. I have enjoyed my experience at Capella thus far and would highly recommend it to students who are seeking an online degree. So far I have not had any negative experiences to speak of; the academic advisors I have had so far have been very helpful and relay valuable sources of information when requested, the professors respond to emails in a timely fashion, and the coursework has not been difficult to follow. Just as any online course, it takes discipline, motivation, and dedication to be successful.
I am currently attending Capella as master's degree student in Marriage and Family Therapy Counseling. This is my first time attending an educational institution as a online learner and I can say it has continuously been a positive and rewarding experience. The professors and academic staff are great! The coursework has it's challenges but that is expected for a higher level degree. I am looking forward to finishing my degree at Capella! :-)
One of the requirements to complete the marriage and family therapy/counseling program is to complete both a practicum and internship. I am very frustrated and unsatisfied with the services and assistance that I have received whenever I have reached out to the university for help. If you reach out to them for help they will just tell you to look at the resources on the websites. The most frustrating thing was that my advisor told me that I come off as entitled that they are supposed to help me find a place. I don't think they are supposed to hand me a site but provide me with assistance and an UP TO DATE LIST of potential sites. I will not recommend this place to anyone who wants to pursue something in marriage and family degree this university. Its sad because I have had some great classes and professors but the treatment I have gotten just upset me.