Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Program Overview/Mission

The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at University of Houston-Clear Lake is to be a vanguard of clinical and leadership empowerment by developing influential and diverse family therapists that strive to exert clinical, theoretical, and research - informed skills within the professional MFT community as well as the mental health community at large.

Program Overview

The MFT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and has been providing exceptional training since 1983. It was one of the first accredited programs in Texas and has graduated over 650 MFTs, many of whom are practicing throughout the country and world. We have a national reputation for offering excellence in clinical training with some of the most exciting and diverse internship site opportunities around.

The program consists of a 60 credit hour curriculum, 400 direct client contact hours, and a community-based clinical internship experience spanning three semesters. The coursework fulfills state requirements for licensure as an MFT, with the opportunity to take an additional course to fulfill the state requirement for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) designation.

Goals and Objectives

To accomplish this mission, the faculty has established four educational outcomes.  Students graduating from the UHCL master's program in Family Therapy will demonstrate competence in the following four areas:

  • Clinical: Graduates will demonstrate clinical competence in providing therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups.
  • Theoretical: Graduates will demonstrate theoretical competence with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
  • Research-Informed: Graduates will demonstrate research-informed competence with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
  • Professional Issues: Graduates will demonstrate competence in professional issues in the field of couple and family therapy.
Additional Educational Outcomes Information


Program Degrees

Accreditation Information

The Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Admission Requirements

  • Marriage and Family Therapy M.A.
  • Admission Window

    December 10 – January 25 for fall admission 

  • Application
    1. Complete the ApplyTexas online university application.
    2. Complete the Additional Supporting Documents for the program (below).
  • Requirements
    • Submit GRE scores (not more than 5 years old) through the standard reporting procedures.
    • Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended to the UHCL Office of Admissions.
    The following two documents must be uploaded to your UHCL E-Services account (assigned after you have completed the ApplyTexas online application):
    • Curriculum Vitae: An expanded résumé describing previous education; all work experience; relevant course work and relevant volunteer activities; any honors, presentations, papers, avocations or other relevant life experiences
    • Statement of purpose and goals, not to exceed 1,000 words, describing your reasons for wanting this degree and how it fits into career goals.

    Three letters of recommendation and recommendation forms (available here) should be submitted directly by the recommenders to familytherapy@uhcl.edu. Recommendations from academic faculty and/or work supervisors who know the applicant well are especially solicited.

    The MFT program has an additional fee of $35 that should be sent directly to UHCL. Please indicate that the application fee is for your application to the MFT program. Check or money orders may be sent to:
    Marriage and Family Therapy Program Admissions
    University of Houston-Clear Lake
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 73
    Houston, TX 77058


Additional Admission Information

Students wishing to enroll in this degree plan must formally apply. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the faculty coordinator.

Program Faculty

Matthew Brown
Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

Assistant Professor of Family Therapy,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3304
Email: brownm@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 1508.04

Faculty Bio

Emily Fessler

Emily Fessler

Assistant Professor of Family Therapy ,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3371
Email: fessler@uhcl.edu

Faculty Bio

Afshana Haque

Afshana Haque

Assistant Professor of Family Therapy,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3464
Email: haque@uhcl.edu
Office: B2529.08

Faculty Bio

Curriculum and Instruction

Clinical and Research Opportunities

In addition to classroom training, our students engage in clinical practice at the campus-based Psychological Services Clinic and community-based internship sites. Throughout their clinical training, students receive supervision from licensed MFTs who hold an AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation. In addition to consulting with supervisors, students also utilize their colleagues to discuss and conceptualize their clinical work. These rich clinical experiences leave our students feeling confident and prepared to launch into successful careers.

Students who have an interest in research also have opportunities to work with program faculty and across other disciplines. All program faculty have active and diverse research agendas and welcome student involvement (see faculty profiles). Many students also seek opportunities to conduct research in neurofeedback with Dr. Sarah Prinsloo at MD Anderson (adjunct faculty).

Student Data and Outcomes

Student Achievement Criteria Data

Student Resources

Information for Current Students

University Student Resources 

Additional Information

Career Opportunities
Investigate Your Career Options

Many of our students go on to be full-time clinicians, while others pursue doctoral studies and go on to work in academic and research settings. Many also become credentialed as State Approved or AAMFT Approved Supervisors. This allows them to supervise other clinicians working toward full licensure. While there are many ways to utilize a degree and license in MFT, here are some of the clinical settings in which MFTs practice:

  • Private practice
  • Community mental health agencies
  • VA hospitals
  • Residential treatment centers
  • Wilderness programs for at-risk youth
  • Collaborative care settings with family physicians
  • Non-profit agencies

We also encourage our students to think outside the box in terms of careers that fit their interests. One notable example of this is Robert Andrews, one of the program's first graduates, who has built a career working with athletes that include many Olympic gold medalists.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Matthew Brown, Program Director
281-283-3304
BrownM@uhcl.edu

or

Human Sciences and Humanities
Academic Advising Office
hshadvising@uhcl.edu
281-283-3333

University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058-1098