Frequently Asked Questions: MFT

  1. How do I find my user name?
  2. How do I find my email address?
  3. How do I find my 870 number?
  4. I am not receiving emails from the program or professors?
    • All contact from VSU, your department, your advisor and professors, will be sent to your VSU Office 365 email account. "I didn't get the message" will never be an acceptable excuse for missing deadlines and etc. Your VSU email address can be found on your admission letter or email. The first part of the email address, the PID or username, is used for some systems, and the whole email address will serve as your username for other GOML systems. 
    • The email system has a clutter folder and a junk folder please be sure to check these regularly to ensure important emails are not getting lost.
  5. How do I know who my advisor is?
    • Your advisor should have emailed you shortly after you were admitted by the graduate school. Check to ensure that this email might be in your VSU inbox, clutter, or junk folder.
    • If you were never received an email please contact the program director
  6. How do I register for courses?
  7. How do I know when my classes will be?
  8. How do I know what books to purchase
  9. How many hours should I be plan on spending on course work?
    • For every 1 hour of class time you will spend about 3 hours outside of class. 
  10. I am struggling in a course what should I do?
    • To help you decide if you should remain in all of your classes, ask yourself:
    • Can I reasonably get all of the work done by the end of the semester?
    • Do I feel comfortable with the material, and do I believe I am gaining mastery over the concepts?
  11. What are deficiency points?
    • Deficiency points are given to students by the graduate school. Any grade below a B earns deficiency points. The current deficiency policy states that if you accumulate 3 or more deficiency points, you will be dismissed from the program. Deficiency points are broken down by the following:
      • A – B = 0 points
      • C = 1 point
      • D/F = 2 points
  12. I want to slow to slow down in the program, what do I do?
    • Speak with your adviser about this decision, they will work with you to adjust your plan accordingly.
  13. I am thinking about dropping a course?
    • Before you drop your course we recommend talking with your advisor to discuss how this will impact your plan of study and graduation date.
  14. How do I drop classes?
  15. How do I know if I am meeting licensure requirements?
  16. Are there other electives I can take?
    • The MFT curriculum including electives, as designed, meets Georgia licensure requirements.  You are allowed to take electives other than the ones offered by the program, but they must be graduate level courses (i.e. electives in psychology, business, art, etc.) and they must meet elective requirement for Georgia and/or other state licensure.  See pages 5 and 6 of the following document:                  http://sos.ga.gov/PLB/acrobat/Forms/41%20Associate%20Marriage%20%20Family%20Therapist%20Application.pdf
  17. Why do I need 3 MFTH 7650 courses?
    • MFTH 7650 designates elective courses. To graduate from the program you need 5 credit hours of electives. In the MFT program we offer one 3 credit elective and two elective courses which are one credit
  18. Why do I need 2 MFTH 7103?
    • Special Topics are electives (MFTH 7650). To graduate, each student needs to complete 5 elective credits. As currently offered, there is a 3-credit offering in the Fall, which is typically taken your first Fall and two 1-credit courses, one in the Fall and one in the Spring, typically taken during your second year in the program. Link to the plan of course requirements page will be here.
  19. What are the comprehensive exams?
    • To graduate from the program you must pass two comprehensive exams. These comprehensive exams are for you to exhibit your knowledge up to the specific point you have reached in the program. Comprehensive exam 1-Application to clinical practice is usually completed by midterm of spring semester.  For more information, see:                                                             http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/education/marriage-family-therapy/documents/comprehensive-exam-i.pdf
    • Comprehensive Exam II is completed during your second practicum.  Information about Comprehensive Exam II can be found in the MFT handbook.

  20. Can I start practicum early?
    • Yes, there are some years faculty have been able to allow student to start practicum early, however this does not happen every year.
  21. Can I start my internship early?
    • Students can only begin internships when they are registered for MFTH 7600: Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy and have been cleared, by their supervisor, to see clients outside of practicum.
  22. Is there flexibility in your plan of study?
    • Yes, but very little, the curriculum has been accepted by our accrediting body, COAMFTE. Also, unlike undergraduate classes, our courses are only offered once a year. If you are needing to discuss changing your plan of study please see your advisor.