Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Professor Dean Busby, Chairperson.

Professor Emeritus Riley; Professors Bell, Fischer, Haley, Hendrick, Peek, Scott, and K. Wampler; Associate Professors Caldera, Crawford, Fitzpatrick, Ivey, Munsch, Sorell, and R. Wampler; Assistant Professors Colwell, Feng, Harris, Hart, Lindsey, Mulsow, Reifman, Weaver, and Wieling; Adjunct Faculty: Reid, Shapiro, Shumway, and Thomas.

This department offers study in the following graduate degree programs: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES and MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. These programs have prepared students for careers as university faculty, full-time researchers, medical school faculty, human service providers, and marriage and family therapists.

The M.S. and Ph.D. programs in human development and family studies focus upon the development of the individual across the life span. Both degree programs offer flexibility in study that encourages students to pursue research in early childhood, adolescent development, adult development, and gerontology as well as in related substantive issues including risk-taking behaviors, gender issues, program planning and evaluation, addictions, marriage, parenting, family violence, divorce, and blended families. Graduate minors are also available in women's studies and adolescent and young adult risk-taking, interdisciplinary programs which are coordinated by graduate faculty within the department. The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate course work and 6 hours of thesis research. The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 73 hours of graduate course work12 hours of which are leveling requirementsplus at least 12 hours of dissertation research. Up to 30 transfer hours may be applied toward doctoral program requirements upon the approval of the student's committee and the Graduate School.

The M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in marriage and family therapy provide clinical and academic training to students who will function as marriage and family therapists at the highest level of clinical competence, and who will make unique contributions to the field of marriage and family therapy through research, teaching, clinical practice, and other professional activities. The M.S. degree is intended to provide the academic requirements leading to licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Texas. Actual licensure requires additional post-master's degree clinical experience. The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 42 hours beyond the master's degree plus a clinical internship and at least 12 hours of dissertation research. The Ph.D. program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Applicants should contact the department concerning admission requirements, programs of study, and financial assistance. Admission to a graduate degree program requires the recommendation of the department and the Graduate School.

Courses in Human Development and
Family Studies. (HDFS)

5101. Teaching College Human Development and Family Studies (1:0:1). Strategies and direction in teaching college-level human development and family studies courses including supervision, advice and assistance, and review of teaching materials. May be repeated one time for credit. Pass-fail grading.

5302. Introduction to Gerontology (3:3:0). A multidisciplinary introduction to aging and gerontological issues.

5310. Theories of Human Development (3:3:0). Introduction to the application of concepts and theories in human development.

5311. Problems in Human Development and Family Studies (3:3:0). May be repeated for credit.

5313. Psychosocial Development (3:3:0). In-depth study of social, emotional, and psychological growth with emphasis on the development of personal and interpersonal competency.

5314. Infant Development (3:3:0). Analysis of empirical research regarding development processes during the first two years of life.

5317. Adolescent Development (3:3:0). Multidisciplinary survey of adolescent development including theories, research, and enhancement strategies.

5319. Development in Adulthood (3:3:0). Survey of theory and research concerning psychosocial development during adulthood and review of strategies for research with adult populations.

5320. Interpersonal and Family Dynamics (3:3:0). Group processes; factors influencing personal and family adjustment.

5321. Family Theory (3:3:0). A comprehensive exploration of theory in family studies. The role of theory in empirical investigation; conceptual frameworks; strategies of theory building; examination of systems theory and a spectrum of other models useful in the interdisciplinary study of individual, couple, and family behavior.

5341. Socialization Processes and Addiction (3:3:0). Multidisciplinary survey of socialization processes throughout the life span with implications for understanding addictions.

5344. Aging and the Family (3:3:0). Detailed examination of the family relationships of adults in late life. Emphasis on intergenerational issues and the enhancement of development and family life in later years.

5351. Research Methods in Individual and Family Studies (3:3:0). Study of research strategies and techniques relevant to human development, family studies, and marriage and family therapy including experience in conducting research investigations.

5352. Sex-Gender Roles (3:3:0). Survey of contemporary theory and research on sex-gender systems and roles and the impact of sex and gender on psychosocial development and relationship processes.

5353. Issues and Research in Human Development and Family Studies (3:3:0). History, philosophy, and current issues relevant to the areas of family studies and human development. May be repeated for credit under various topics.

5354. Analysis of Multiple Dependent Variables (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Research methods or introductory statistics. Introduction to both theoretical and practical aspects of quantitative methods for multiple dependent variables in human development, family studies, and marriage and family therapy.

5361. Parent-Child and Peer Relationships (3:3:0). Review of current research in parenting and peer relationships and implications for program development.

5380. Relationship Development (3:3:0). Theory and research related to the formation of initial impressions of others and the development of interpersonal relationships.

5381. Individual and Family Measurement (3:3:0). Detailed examination of measurement methods appropriate for individual and family research, consideration of strengths and weaknesses of each, and experience in development and application of measures.

6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).

6320. Seminar in Risk Taking (3:3:0). Survey of theory and research in adolescent and adult risk-taking behaviors. Introductory course for graduate minor in risk taking.

6330. Family Problems (3:3:0). Examines theoretical and empirical contributions to the understanding and treatment of family problems within a family systems perspective.

6370. Analyzing Developmental Data (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Research methods, introductory statistics, or consent of instructor. Statistical methods for analyzing individual and family change over time and time ordered processes of interactional data.

6371. Practicum in Human Development and Family Studies (3:3:0). Supervised experiences in professional positions. May be repeated for credit up to 9 hours.

6390. Program Development and Evaluation (3:3:0). Reviews evaluation issues, critiques evaluation research, and undertakes planning and evaluation of original programs.

7000. Research (V1-12).

8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).

Courses in Marriage and Family Therapy. (MFT)

5300. Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy Practice (3:0:3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Analyses of and solutions for common problems in marriage and family therapy practice.

5301. Family Therapy I (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Examination of structural, strategic, and systemic approaches to family therapy including the work of Minuchin, Haley, Mental Research Institute, and Milan Associates.

5302. Family Therapy II (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Examination of transgenerational and object relations approaches to family therapy including the work of Bowen, Boszormenyi-Nagy, Whitaker, and Satir.

5304. Systemic Evaluation in Couple and Family Therapy (3:3:0). This course provides an in-depth examination of a systemic approach to clinical evaluations. Students receive training in administration and application of systemic assessment methods.

5322. Family Systems (3:3:0). Application of general systems theory and cybernetics to family systems. Exploration of interactional patterns, information processing, family structure, family belief systems, and family life cycle transitions with an emphasis on change processes.

5370. Issues in Professional Development (3:3:0). An examination of the major issues for professionals in marriage and family therapy. Emphasis on ethical standards, professional identity, and private practice issues.

6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).

6303. Family Therapy III (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An examination of family influences on human sexual functioning, basic interactional assessment, and interventions for common sexual dysfunctions. Intervening in incestuous families and the role of addiction in sexual behavior.

6305. Developmental Issues in Therapy (3:3:0). An examination and integration of human development topics within a systems framework.

6311. Contemporary Directions in Marriage and Family Therapy (3:3:0). An examination of postmodern thought on marriage and family therapy with emphasis on the collaborative and narrative approaches.

6322. Family Systems II (3:3:0). Advanced topics and issues in systems theory. Special focus on marriage and family therapy research.

6323. Qualitative Research Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy (3:3:0). Focuses on qualitative research methodologies specifically related to marriage and family therapy research. Students will gain practical experience applying qualitative methods to their research with clinical populations and family therapy topics.

6342. Advanced Family Therapy Topics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Advanced topics in the field of family therapy that may include family therapy with special populations and recent developments in family therapy theory and application. May be repeated for credit.

6370. Diversity in Marriage and Family Therapy (3:3:0). An examination of issues of race, ethnicity, and culture as they relate to family therapy. The course is designed to raise awareness and to train multiculturally competent therapists.

6395. Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy (3). Supervised experiences designed to prepare the student for involvement in marriage and family therapy and family life education. May be repeated for credit up to 48 hours.

6396. Supervision of Marriage and Family Therapy (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Two years of marriage and family therapy practicum and consent of instructor. Theory, research, and supervised practicum in supervision of family therapy.

6397. Supervision Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Completion of MFT 6396 or equivalent and consent of instructor. Course provides structured experience in supervision of marriage and family therapy students.

7000. Research (V1-12).

7395. Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy (3). Prerequisite: Permission of Director of Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Full-time supervised internship in an appropriate setting. May be repeated for up to 12 hours credit.

8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).

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