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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 studies 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 a licensed supervisor. Graduates are prepared to clinically heal and empower diverse families, individuals, and groups from any faith and culture.

Accreditation

The Couples and Family Therapy Program at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808, coa@aamft.org.

 

The Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy is built upon the voices of our creative students, the input of couples and family therapy core competencies and ethical codes, the energy of our faculty, and our location in a social justice-focused Jesuit institution. I believe that we are called to tell a relational, therapeutic story of hope and transformation that integrates many of our loves: care, compassion, courage, theological insight, spiritualty, and service.

Christie Eppler, Ph.D., LMFT Program Director and Associate Professor

Overview 

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 (AAMFTWAMFT), 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

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 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.

Unique Components 

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.

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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