University of San Francisco MFT Adjunct Faculty (Summer Semester) in San Francisco, California

Position Information

Job Summary

The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco is seeking adjunct instructors to teach course(s) for the summer semester. Students in the MFT Program graduate with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Graduates are eligible to gain hours for licensure through the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for the MFT and have the option of gaining eligibility for the License in Professional Clinical Counseling. We encourage outstanding and qualified candidates to apply as soon as possible. Below is a description of the course(s) that need staffing.

Mission Statement: The Masters in Counseling Psychology Program with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at the University of San Francisco prepares students to be socially and culturally responsive relationship and family therapists and mental health counselors. At its core, the MFT’s clinical training program upholds values of equity, social justice, community and cultural wealth, and collaborative problem solving. We are committed to embracing diversity, academic excellence, and to the compassionate service of children, adults, and families.


CPSY 665 – Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling Course Description: This course is a study of the etiology, assessment, treatment of, and dynamics associated with various types of addiction, including alcoholism and other substance use disorders. Theories of addiction counseling will be reviewed, as will the application of these theories to counseling and therapy work with individuals, couples, families, and groups of diverse cultural identities and communities. The etiology of addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders will also be addressed with consideration given to the influence of developmental issues, cultural context, and biological determinants. Students will develop conceptual knowledge, practical skills, and self-awareness concerning the development of addiction, assessment strategies, diagnosis, treatment planning and intervention using a recovery model framework.

CPSY 630 – Individual and Systems Assessment Course Description: Course includes exposure to a variety of assessment procedures including structured interviews, standardized and non-standardized tests, and behavioral assessment. Special emphasis will be on assessment of couples, family, and parent-child interactions using empirically validated models.

CPSY 649 – Sexuality and Gender Issues in Therapy Course Description: This course is designed for counseling and mental health service professionals whose work will bring them into contact with clients experiencing problems and concerns with their sexuality and gender. We will examine the social psychological theories and research on how gender and sexuality shapes self-conceptions and social interactions across many domains. The course is designed to develop: students’ knowledge base related to human sexuality and gender experiences, an understanding of the varied sexuality and gender-related issues which may be encountered in therapy practice, students’ skills in assessment and intervention skills with regard to sexuality and gender-related experiences, and increased awareness of one’s personal perceptions, attitudes in regard to sexuality and gender. Course participants will become more effective in identifying, assessing and intervening with issues related to sexuality and gender. Throughout the course, we will critically analyze the role of power and privilege in human sexuality and gender with an inclusive lens that recognizes the diversity in sexual and gender identities.

CPSY 650 – Trauma and Crisis Counseling Course Description: This course provides opportunities for both theory and skill development by examining crisis and trauma counseling, including crisis theory; multidisciplinary responses to crises, emergencies, or disasters; cognitive, affective, behavioral, and neurological effects associated with trauma; brief, intermediate and long-term approaches; assessment strategies for clients in crisis and principles of intervention for individuals with mental or emotional disorders during times of crisis, emergency, or disaster. Trauma associated with racism, poverty, violence, immigration, refugee status, homelessness, abuse, death, injury, health, and crime (as well as other conditions and issues) may also be explored. Cultural, psychological, social, and biological differences in the experience of trauma will be addressed and culturally relevant intervention models and strategies will be discussed.

CPSY 639 – Individual and Family Psychopathology Course Description: Course includes an understanding of individuals and family psychopathology through the examination of a variety of models, with a focus on the interaction of culture, economics and diagnosis. Basic knowledge of the diagnostic process and criteria associated with diagnostic categories in the DSM-IV-TR are explored. Students are provided with opportunities to interact with mental health consumers.

CPSY 642 – Counseling Methods Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of foundational counseling skills and the opportunity to practice the skills acquired in the course. The focus of the course is on the foundational microskills (counseling skills) that form the basis of the counseling process, regardless of theoretical orientation. Student will learn to effectively use the counseling skills to work with diverse clients and will be required to demonstrate an understanding and proficiency in the use of these basic counseling skills.

CPSY 683 – Clinical Psychopharmacology Course Description: This course explores basic principles and applications of psychopharmacology in the mental health field. Students will survey principles of drug action and neurotransmitter systems in the nervous system and various classes of psychiatric drugs. The historical, social, economic, political and cultural influences on the use of psychiatric medication are also explored.


Candidates must demonstrate expertise and knowledge in the specific content area of the course. Master’s Degree in MFT, Ph.D./Psy.D, in Clinical or Counseling Psychology required. In congruence with our program’s mission, instructors are required to integrate issues of diversity, equity, and advocacy in their teaching.

Special Instructions

Please submit (a) cover letter stating qualifications and interest in the course(s) you want to teach; (b) curriculum vitae and; © three recommendation letters concerning your teaching skills for this application.

About USF

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World From Here.” For more information, visit (


The University is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. The University does not discriminate in employment, educational services and academic programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, and the other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.

Primary School or College: School of Education

Position Title: MFT Adjunct Faculty (Summer Semester)

Job Type: Adjunct

Union Type: USFFA

Travel: No Travel

Work Environment: Classroom/Office

Job Open Date: 02/09/2018

Posted until Filled: No

Fair Chance Ordinance: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. For more information visit: