Training for Students in the Marriage and Family Program
FPFS provides training opportunities in the areas of psychotherapy, assessment, and didactic training for Marriage and Family students:
Psychotherapy. Marriage and Family students typically see an average of six to eight clients per week for 50-minute sessions. Each student receives at least one hour of weekly individual supervision and two hours of group supervision.
Assessment. . Qualified students have the opportunity to administer, score, interpret, and document assessments included with treatment programs such as PREPARE/ENRICH.
Didactic training. Marriage and Family students receive at least six hours per month of in-service training. Typically, four hours of this training focuses on the integration of psychology and religion. Training also include topics such as child and elder abuse reporting, suicidality/self-harm, motivational interviewing, and short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy.
What Makes Training at FPFS Unique?
FPFS is unique as a training clinic in a number of ways, including these:
Intensive supervision. . All Marriage and Family students receive both weekly individual supervision and weekly group supervision. This allows for both in-depth, private, one-on-one attention and the opportunity to learn from and help your fellow students. Each student receives some or all of his or her direct supervision from a licensed clinical psychologist or a licensed marriage and family therapist, and the balance of his or her supervision from a supervisor who is directly supervised by a licensed professional.
Video recording capability. Most FPFS therapy rooms are equipped with video recording capabilities that record both the client and the clinician. These recordings are regularly reviewed during supervision to enhance training effectiveness.
Exposure to a variety of therapeutic modalities and types. At FPFS, we believe that the best training experience exposes students to a variety of ways to conceptualize and treat clients and to a variety of treatment types. For example, Marriage and Family students will receive training in insight (e.g., psychodynamic), action/behavioral (e.g., cognitive behavioral), and systems therapies. Further, we strive to provide opportunities for each student to treat adults, children/adolescents, and couples/families.
Access to a diverse clientele population. Los Angeles County in general and the Pasadena area in particular are blessed with a rich mixture of racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. This provides students the opportunity to learn and utilize culturally sensitive conceptualization and intervention practices.
Integration of psychology and spirituality/religion. One of the most important and fundamental ways FPFS is unique is that its very existence is predicated upon treating mind, body, and spirit in an integrated manner. Simply put, this means that people are more than just physical beings. It also means that psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety often manifest as physical symptoms such as fatigue or pain. Further, it means that our spiritual health can impact and be impacted by our physical and psychological symptoms. These beliefs are inextricably linked to the establishment and ongoing vision of FPFS, a vision strongly influenced by both the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and Fuller Theological Seminary. Students receiving training at FPFS have opportunities to learn how this integration is done in practice. And, because FPFS attracts many clients who want their spirituality/religion integrated into their treatment, students will have many opportunities to practice integration with willing clients.
For More Information
Irene Rapp LMFT
Director of Training, Fuller Psychological and Family Services
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist