Student Conduct
As a professional training program, students are expected to maintain high standards of conduct in class, in the field, and with peers in any context. Students are held to standards outlined by a) the university, b) MFT professional organizations, and c) the MFT Student Code of Conduct signed upon entry to the program.

Student Professional Responsibility Agreement: To Be Distributed and Signed at First Student Orientation
All students must have a signed copy on file in the main office.

1. Register for Required Courses: I understand as a full-time MFT counseling student I am expected to register for and attend classes two afternoons/evenings per week each fall, spring, and summer term. I should enroll in the required courses during my designated enrollment period. If I wish to reduce my course load I must consult with full time programs faculty and obtain written permission from the department chair.

2. Attendance: I understand that I am expected to attend all scheduled classes. I should contact my instructors prior to an absence. I understand that absences will affect my grades and ability to pass classes. Excessive absences may also affect my ability to work with clients in fieldwork.

3. Advising Meetings: I understand that I should attend all regularly scheduled advising sessions each semester (typically the 1st or 2nd Friday of fall and spring semester) that I am in the MFT program.

4. Complete Fieldwork: I understand there is a fieldwork requirement of 600 hours that I must complete during the second and third year (minimum of 9 months) of the program before I can graduate. I understand that I will need up to two or more days per week (15-25 hours) in addition to the full time course work required during the second year to meet the fieldwork hour requirement. Additionally, I understand that I must be enrolled in practicum class during any the semester, including summer, that I am working with clients at a fieldwork site. At all times while seeing clients, I will maintain professional liability insurance with a personal policy in my name.

5. Grades: I agree to high standards in my work as a graduate student and developing marriage and family therapist. I understand that I must maintain an average of “B” (3.0) or better throughout the program; that no grade below a C may be counted toward a graduate degree at CSUN; and that graduate courses in which I receive below a C must repeated to earn a grade of C or better to replace the prior grade. Additionally, I understand that MFT students receiving a grade of C+ or C in a single course will be reviewed by the student affairs committee and recommendations made to ensure the student’s academic success. 

6. Maintain Current Contact Information: I will maintain current contact information (i.e., home address, phone number(s), and e-mail address) during my enrollment in the MFT graduate program. I will notify both a) the university and b) the EPC department office in writing of any changes.

7. Managing Technology: I understand that as a part of a professional program, I will be expected to manage the technology required to complete coursework and fieldwork including but not limited to email and Moodle.

8. Managing Confidential and Private Information: I understand that I will be responsible for professionally managing confidential information of clients and private information of peers. In cases related to client confidentiality, I will adhere to state, federal, and professional ethical standards for maintaining client confidentiality and privilege.

9. Personal Development: I understand that my personal development is a critical part of becoming an effective marriage and family therapist and agree to work to develop myself in courses, fieldwork activity, and other areas such as personal and professional growth and development. Personal development includes but is not limited to: personal therapy, membership in a professional organization, and attending workshops and conferences to become a competent and confident marriage and family therapist.

10. Professional Conduct: I understand that I must conduct myself at all times in a professional and ethical manner while at the university and any field sites. I also understand that I am responsible for handling personal crisis in a professional manner with all program faculty, instructors, staff and affiliated supervisors. I further understand that I must adhere to written and verbal policies and instructions at my clinical field sites and may be held liable for failing to do so.

11. Professional and Cooperative Communication: I will work cooperatively and non-judgmentally with peers, colleagues, faculty, staff, and other professionals from diverse cultural backgrounds. I understand that I am expected to be professional and respectful in all communications with peers, colleagues, faculty, and staff, and field site supervisors and employees including verbal, written, text, and social media.