Candidacy

At Candidacy, the Department affirms your clinical potential and declares that you are a candidate for the degree. A student must have completed Candidacy before beginning Internship. There are several components to the Candidacy step:

  • Completion of 12 graduate credits with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Marriage and Family Therapy: CN6370, CN6371, CN7374, CN7371 and CN7372
  • Maintained B average in your graduate work
  • Regular admission status (those admitted will have to complete a Change of Status application)
  • Submitted application for Candidacy
  • GRE or MAT scores are on file in the Graduate Office

DETERMINATION OF CANDIDACY

  • The faculty reviews the academic performance of the applicant. If all criteria have been met, the faculty proceeds with the clinical review. If academic criteria have not been met, the faculty recommends that candidacy be denied.
  • If academic performance is satisfactory, the faculty evaluates the clinical potential of the applicant by considering data from all sources, including the Graduate Battery and the Student Fitness Evaluation Forms. The faculty may also consider supporting statements and recommendations from professional counselors student colleagues or other informed persons. Strengths and weaknesses are identified and discussed with the applicant.
  • If, in the clinical judgement of the faculty, the applicant’s weaknesses or problems would prevent his/her rendering the desired counseling or therapeutic care to a client, the faculty will recommend that the Graduate Council deny candidacy. If, in the clinical judgement of the faculty, the applicant could remedy the weaknesses or problems, the faculty may recommend that the Graduate Council approve candidacy effective upon the remediation of the weaknesses or problems as judged by the faculty. If, in the clinical judgement of the faculty, the applicant possesses the potential for rendering the desired counseling or therapeutic care to a client, the faculty will recommend that the Graduate Council approve candidacy.
  • The Graduate Council approves or disapproves requests for candidacy.

AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) Code of Ethics (July, 2001):

  • Professional Competence and Integrity
  • Marriage and family therapists seek appropriate professional assistance for their personal problems or conflicts that may impair work performance or clinical judgment.
  • Responsibility to Students and Supervisees
  • Marriage and family therapists do not permit students or supervisees to perform or hold themselves out as competent to perform professional services beyond their training, level of experience, and competence.