Student Resources

This webpage is chock-a-block full of information that will help you get from your first day of class and beyond to licensing. Here, you can locate forms, figure out how to get books and parking passes. In addition, you will find resources that will tell you about the national licensing exam, whether you intend to stay in Georgia or go to another state. 

  • Access to Learning

    If you have a disability, physical or mental impediments to learning, the VSU Access Office may be able to help. Their mission is to create an accessible, inclusive, sustainable learning environment, where disability is recognized as an aspect of diversity that is integral to the campus community and to society.

    Please visit the Access Office page if you would like to connect with them and establish a plan.

  • APA Writing Resources

    • APA Style Help
    • Purdue Owl
    • U. Of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center
    • Graduate writing tutors at the Academic Support Center (ASC) offer FREE tutoring for graduate-level writers in any discipline. Tutors can help you with strategies for developing and connecting ideas, using APA documentation styles, and catching common grammatical and punctuation errors. Two graduate-level writing tutors have been specially trained to help. Tutors can meet you either online, or face-to-face at the ASC, located in Langdale Hall. To make an appointment, call (229-333-7570) or visit the ASC website here.  For more information about this service and how to make an appointment, see the video below:

  • Business Cards

    You will need business cards during your time in this program. During your first year, you will be doing service learning, some of which involves handing out business cards. When you reach your clinical year, you are going to be using business/appointment cards for a variety of reasons—you will most certainly be giving them to clients so that they know the date and time of their next appointment. Take a look at this picture of an VSU MFT student business card. All student cards are uniform, exactly the same, with the exception of your name. On the front, each card shows the clinic address, phone, and fax. On the back are blank slots for your client’s name, date, and time of next appointment.

    During New Student Orientation, we will be collecting money (last year it was $25.) from each student. We will be sending the total monies collected, along with the list of student names, to the VSU Print Shop where we will place a bulk order for student business cards each year. A couple of weeks after school starts, you will receive your own business cards.

  • Card Swipe

    All new students will need to request door access to FamilyWorks. You will find the electronic door access request form online at: This application tells the Key Shop to enable your 1Card to act as a swipe key that gives you 24/7/365 access to the clinic.

    Here is the information that is required on the form:

    ·         First Name =

    ·         Last Name =

    ·         VSU ID# = (this is your VSU 9-digit 870 number)

    ·         Department = Marriage and Family Therapy

    ·         Job Title = Student VSU Email =

    ·         The building is Family Therapy Program

    ·         Door Access Location = FamilyWorks and MFT Program, Swipe entry for outer breezeway door, inner breezeway door, Student Break Room door, & the end of the classroom hallway door.

    ·         When you want access = You want access 24/7

    ·         Expiration = your anticipated date of graduation

    ·         Reason for Request = access to clinical and MFT program work space

    ·         Status = Student or Graduate Assistant

    ·         Dean or Dept. Head VSU Email =

    Don't forget to enter the security code at the bottom of the form!

    The Swipe Card office will assign you a pin number and tell you how to find it on Banner.

    If you have trouble with your swipe card at any time, please tell Martha Laughlin, Program Director. She’ll work with the Swipe Card office to fix the problem.

  • FamilyWorks Name Badge

    Order yourself a FamilyWorks name badge by contacting the VSU Bookstore. They'll tell you what you need to do. Like the business cards, everyone's name tag is the same: black print on a white background. Notice other students' name badges (maybe even borrow one), take it to the bookstore and order one with your name on it. They cost around $11.00 (as of 2017).

  • Grievances & Appeals

  • Living in Valdosta

    • Local Community Housing Information
      • The VSU Housing webpage provides a list of apartments and rental agencies in the area. Not all of the options in our area are represented, some of the pricing information may be outdated, but they do give you lots of phone numbers and a good place to start!
      • Several real estate companies in the area also rent houses. Here are three companies that MFT students have used:
    • Places to Eat
      • Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce offers a list of restaurants for Valdosta and the surrounding area.
      • The following are favorites for some of the MFT students: 
        • El Toreo
        • Loco’s Deli and Pub
        • Chili’s
        • Texas Roadhouse
        • Michael’s Seafood and Deli
        • Bleu Café
        • Masato Japanese
        • Charley O’Corley’s Bar
        • Outback Steak House
        • Longhorn Steak House
        • China Cafe
        • Mellow Mushroom
        • Luna Ristorante
        • Antoine’s the Flavor of New Orleans
        • Red Lobster
        • Hunan Garden
        • Heidi’s Deli
        • Covington’s
        • 306 North
        • Hildegard’s
        • Zaxbys
    • Shopping
      • Colonial Mall Valdosta on Norman Drive
      • Lake Park Outlet Mall, just off Exit 5
      • Target (across from the Colonial Mall), 1815 Norman Drive, (229) 242-0330‎
      • Best Buy (across from the Colonial Mall), 1705 Norman Drive, (229) 247-9079‎
      • Pier 1,  (across from the Colonial Mall), 1819 Norman Drive (229) 249-8130
      • TJ Maxx, 1200 N Saint Augustine Road, (229) 244-5988
      • Books-A-Million, 1705 Norman Drive, (229) 253-1155
      • Miller Hardware, 211 E Hill Avenue, (229) 244-0924
    • Things to Do
    • Cable, Satellite TV, and Utilities
  • Multicultural Student Resources

    MESA is a group of faculty and staff who provide activities that mentor, engage, support, and promote the academic achievement of Hispanic students through organized collaborative efforts.
    Click here for more information.

    Multicultural Affairs at VSU 
    The mission of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Multicultural Affairs is to promote and sustain an environment of diversity, equity, respect, and inclusiveness for all members of the university community through education, intervention, compliance, training, assessment, programming and support services.

    Student Life
    The mission of the Office of Student Life is to promote student development and leadership by providing quality programs and services that fulfill the diverse educational, recreational, social, and multicultural needs of the student population and the university community. If you are interested in viewing student organizations offered at Valdosta State University, click here.

    Valdosta State University LGBTQ+ Resources 
    The purpose of campus LGBTQ+ resources is to foster an active and diverse culture at Valdosta State University. This provides opportunities for students to build friendships and encourages open-mindedness and diversity within the community. See this page for more information.

    Community Friends for International Students 
    The purpose of community friends for international students is to give each new VSU international student a friend in the Valdosta community who will become a resource for the student and help the student in times of homesickness and cultural adjustment.  A Community Friend also provides the student an opportunity to share his/her culture. The Friend can be an individual or an entire family.  By inviting an international student to dinner, taking her to the mall, or participating in other such social activities, a Community Friend helps an international student feel welcome and helps compensate for the separation from friends and family. This is also a unique opportunity to learn about another culture and country and make a difference in the life of an international student. For more information, contact Irina McClellan, International Student Advisor, 229-333-7410. 


    Grants for Multicultural Students 
    A web site which offers multicultural students opportunities for grants at all school levels and for various degrees

    Academic Information 
    A Web site which offers multicultural student resources and scholarship opportunities:

    A web site which offers links and information on financial aid funding and fellowships:

    Hispanic Scholarship Fund 
    HSF is the nation’s leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. HSF was founded in 1975 with a vision to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans, the largest minority segment of the U.S. population. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF provides the Latino community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country.

    The United Negro College Fund 
    UNCF is the nation’s largest, oldest, most successful and most comprehensive minority higher education assistance organization. UNCF provides operating funds and technology enhancement services for 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), scholarships and internships for students at almost 1,000 institutions and faculty and administrative professional training.

    National Consortium 
    The National Consortium of Directors of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Resources in Higher Education has a combined vision and mission on the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect.

    The American Indian Graduate Center 
    AIGC is unique in the higher education landscape in the support and services provided and in having grown in its services by expanding partnerships with other agencies. We now collaborate with like-minded organizations and graduate schools that support many of our American Indian and Alaska Native students. For over thirty years the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) has awarded more than 9000 fellowships to qualified Native American and Alaska Native students to pursue graduate degrees in all fields.

  • New Student Orientation

    New Student Orientation will be held in the MFT Classroom the Friday before classes start in the Fall.  We keep you busy most of the day, so plan on a "working lunch" with faculty and your new classmates.  It is important that you print out a copy of the MFT Clinical Training and Personal Disclosure Policy.  Please read the document and note any questions.  We will review the policy during our orientation session, and you must turn in a signed copy during the orientation meeting.  

    Prior to orientation, a few things must be completed: 

    1. The online Graduate School Orientation
    2. Background check: All students are required to complete a background check prior to the first day of classes.
      • The purpose code for the required background check is "W"

    Our Clinic Director, Tabitha McCoy, will also begin placing orders for business cards on orientation day.  It is recommended that students bring $15 with them, to cover the cost of their business cards. 

    To get a preview of your Fall classes, check the MFT Program Requirement page, and University Class Schedule page.

  • Professional MFT Resources and Recommended Websites

  • Recommended Readings

    In the past, students have found it helpful to begin reading about the field of Family Therapy before they begin classes. Some of the books may be used in your classes—but faculty are notorious for tinkering with their syllabi and changing texts from year to year, and since faculty often make text decisions only a short time before classes start, there is no predicting if any of these texts will show up in one of your classes or not! The following books are all worth reading before you arrive: 

    Becvar, D., & Becvar, R. (1982) Systems theory and family therapy: A primer. Boston, MA: University Press of America.

    • This book is an introduction to systemic thinking. The authors provide the reader with the basic concepts of systems theory and its application in a clear and concise manner. They use many case examples and illustrations.

    Coombs, G., & Freedman, J. (1990). Symbol, story, & ceremony: Using metaphor in individual and family therapy. New York: W. W. Norton.

    • In this book, Coombs and Freedman invite us to learn how to use and apply metaphors in therapy as well as give us examples of a wide variety of metaphors.

    Flemons, D. (2002). Of one mind: The logic of hypnosis, the practice of therapy. New York: W. W. Norton.

    • A simply marvelous book that draws epistemological parallels between the logic that drives both hypnosis and family therapy. The book is chock-a-block full of fascinating case examples and stories about how to think and practice relationally.

    Hoffman, L. (2002). Family therapy: An intimate history. New York: W. W. Norton.

    • A personal account of the history of family therapy from the very first exciting days of its inception by an independent band of systems-thinkers to the present day. Using personal examples, case stories, and discussions of theory, Hoffman takes us with her as she takes a personal historical journey through the family therapy field.

    Miller, S., Duncan B., & Hubble, M. (1997). Escape from Babel: Toward a unifying language for psychotherapy practice. New York: W. W. Norton.

    • This book helps the reader become aware that while there are many different models of therapy, the magic is not in the model, but in a mix of factors. The authors have researched many models of therapy and identified underlying themes and characteristics common to all therapy, regardless of model.

    Treadway, D. (2004). Intimacy, change, and other therapeutic mysteries: Stories of clinicians and clients. New York: Guildford.

    • In his fictional book, Treadway, a therapist himself, explores situations which therapists and clients may encounter. He explores day-to-day examples of therapy as well as what occurs beyond the therapy room to show the effects of therapy on both the therapist and client.
  • Suggestions and Comments

    If you have a question that we did not address, please don't hesitate to call us at (229) 219-1281, and we'll do our best to answer it. And, whether you are a client or a student, go to our online suggestion box, and let us know your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about the program or the clinic.