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Degree Requirements

Below is a list of degree requirements for the Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy degree.

  •  All credits are quarter credits  
  • Click here to view the Seattle University catalog and course descriptions.


What it is like to study spiritually-integrated couples and family therapy?

Our courses blend systems theory, clinical intervention, social justice, and ethics, with interfaith traditions, spirituality, and community. Throughout the program, students are required to demonstrate practical skills in this spiritually-infused model. Specifically, students study the ethics of having spiritually integrated therapeutic conversations, examine spiritual development across the family lifecycle, practice using spiritual assessment tools, learn how to diagnose while considering cultural and religious contexts, explore the role of faith and religion in substance use and abuse, experience healing rituals from diverse faiths for healing trauma, and critique family therapy theory using tenets of various religious traditions. Students utilize various forms of technology such as Canvas, smart class rooms. Students demonstrate proficiency in using Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.  Seattle University offers training and support for technology, writing, and other program requirements (e.g., library searches).

I. Clinical Theory

33 credits 

  • Pastoral Care Skills
  • Psychospiritual Development
  • Family Therapy Theory
  • Advanced Couples & Family Therapy Skills
  • Counseling Theory & Techniques
  • Integrating Systemic & Spiritual Approaches to Couples Therapy
  • Group Theory & Techniques
  • Systematic Treatment of Addiction & Abuse
  • Psychopathology
  • Assessment & Diagnosis
  • Systems of Trauma Treatment

II. Theological Foundations**

9 credits 

  • Biblical Theologies
  • Spiritual Discernment
  • Christian Anthropology or Images of the Sacred

III. Clinical Integration*

Students complete 500 hours of clinical service through an 18-month internship.

37 credits

  • Christian Sexuality
  • Couples & Family Therapy in a Multicultural Context
  • Couples & Family Therapy: Identity and Ethics
  • Professional Ethics and Law
  • Research Methods
  • Research Seminar
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Spiritually-Infused Systemic Child & Adolescent Treatment
  • Clinical I
  • Clinical II
  • Clinical III
  • Clinical IV
  • Clinical V
  • Clinical VI
  • Career & Professional Development

MINIMUM CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 79

*Students who do not complete the clinical requirements for graduation by the end of the clinical sequence (Clinical VI) may be required to take additional clinical courses until requirements are met.

** If you have an advanced degree in theology, please talk with your advisor or the admissions coordinator about waiving the theological courses.

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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