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School of Theology and Ministry

Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy

Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy


79 credits, 3 years

An Interfaith, Spiritually-Integrated Program

The Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy (MACFT) degree is an interfaith, spiritually-integrated program that prepares effective, competent couples and family therapists. Students integrate clinical education and practice through supervised clinical experience along with theological insight and spiritual formation. Students learn systems and psychological theories, engage in self-of-the-therapist exploration and are trained to assess, diagnose, consult, and treat under the guidance of licensed clinicians who are state approved or AAMFT approved supervisors. Graduates are prepared to clinically heal and empower diverse families, individuals, and groups from any faith and culture.

Overview 

The School of Theology and Ministry’s Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy program, students and graduates provide clinical treatment to relationships, couples, families, and individuals. Our clinicians-in-training integrate client faith traditions in clinical practice upon the clients’ request. Spiritually-integrated couples and family therapy honors client relationships with God/Source/Divine, rituals or ceremonies, and faith communities. Our students identify as spiritual, religious, or as having no faith background.

Students graduate equipped to be couples and family therapists in both traditional therapy and non-traditional settings or in an 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 treat couples, families, individuals, and groups with a variety of relationship issues and mental health diagnoses. Interns are trained to assess, diagnose, consult, and treat under the guidance of state or AAMFT approved licensed supervisors. Our students understand and adhere to the American Association Marriage and Family Therapy’s (AAMFT) Code of Ethics. 

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COAMFTE Accredited

Our Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accredited program combines systemic thinking, supervised practice, best practice treatment approaches, social justice, and insight from ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Our students deepen their own self-awareness as they come to understand their role within the helping profession and identify strategies for self-care.

The MACFT program adheres to the American Association Marriage and Family Therapy’s (AAMFT) Code of Ethics. Our student interns provide evidence-based treatment while assisting clients to explore life’s ultimate mysteries. Our students have:

  • Knowledge of the marriage and family therapy profession and a desire to become a modern couples and family therapists.
  • Passion to work with diverse populations. We help students hone and develop the skills necessary to work with relationships and individuals from diverse backgrounds, including many different races and ethnicities, genders and sexual identities, and religious and spiritual traditions.
  • Field experience. Our clinical sequence requires students to provide at least 500 hours of supervised clinical treatment to clients. We have students at 15 different agencies/sites throughout Puget Sound area. Interns are trained to assess, diagnose, consult, and treat under the guidance of licensed clinicians who are state approved or AAMFT approved supervisors. Supervisors report that our interns are highly capable, demonstrating skills to work with clients on day one. We have a dedicated clinical coordinator who helps students pair with an agency that is fits their career goals and mentors students throughout the clinical sequence.

The MACFT program has a cohort model. Classes are taught during the day and evenings and weekends. Many students work part-time throughout the program.

Outcome Based Education

Our established program goals and student learning outcomes are assessed annually in order to offer a robust graduate education experience.

Program Goals

  • 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 multicultural 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.

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.

Our Mission

Integrating systems and psychological theories, supervised clinical experience, theological insight, and spiritual formation in order to clinically heal and empower diverse families, individuals, and groups from any faith and culture.

Questions? 

Please reach out to Jean Adler Stean, Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services at steanj@seattleu.edu or 206-296-5333.

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