The School of Theology and Ministry's Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy program prepares effective, competent couples and family therapists. Our graduates integrate clinical education and practice with theological studies and spiritual formation.
Students graduate equipped to be couples and family therapists in both traditional therapy and milieu settings or in a broad array of professional applications (e.g., educators, consultants, coaches). Graduates contribute to the field of couples and family therapy by seeing clients, joining professional organizations (AAMFT, WAMFT), volunteering in the community and advocating for justice.
In our clinical sequence, students therapeutically serve couples, families, individuals, and groups with a variety of mental and health issues and diagnoses. Interns are trained to assess, diagnose, consult, and treat under the guidance of a licensed supervisor. Our students understand and adhere to the American Association Marriage and Family Therapy’s (AAMFT) Code of Ethics.
Outcome Based Education
- Graduate couples and family therapists who integrate clinical practice with theological insights and spiritual formation.
- Admit and graduate a diverse student body.
- Graduate students who pursue licensure as marriage and family therapists (LMFT).
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will identify as couples and family therapists who integrate clinical education and practice with theological insights and spiritual formation.
- Students will use family systems theories to offer systemic case conceptualizations and treatment plans.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to provide multiculturally competent clinical services within clients’ social locations, including diverse races and ethnicities, genders and sexual identities, and religious and spiritual traditions.
- Students will demonstrate legal and ethical competence by understanding and adhering to relevant laws and ethical codes.
We train our students in psychopathology and diagnosis in order that graduates may clinically serve clients with various relationship and mental health concerns (e.g., depression, anxiety, parent-child conflict). Our program intentionally integrates spirituality and best-practice clinical services. Students are able to reflect and deepen their own spiritual practices while in the program. Many of the clinical classes explore self-of-the-therapist dynamics. Students are given ample opportunity to develop their own sense of faith and spiritual practice in both theological and clinical classes as well as through programs and events within the school.
Graduates become competent, ethical and effective couples and family therapists who integrate spirituality into treatment at the clients request. Our program courses blend systems theory, clinical intervention, social justice and ethics with interfaith traditions, spirituality and community. Students synthesize knowledge of clinical therapy competencies with how clients’ faith traditions inform their functioning and relationships. Throughout the program, students are required to demonstrate practical skills in this spiritually-infused model. For additional curricular information, see Degree Requirements or speak with an academic advisor.
Student Achievement Criteria
COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data (SAC) provides graduation, job-placement, and national-exam pass rates. Click below to download the MACFT data PDF.
STM_COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data
For more information on COAMFTE's Version 12 Accreditation Standards and SAC, please click here.
Please reach out to Jean Adler Stean, Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-296-5333.
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