Yellow flowers with the fountain in the backgroundWe train systemic therapists

The program prepares our students to become a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Under the guidance of clinicians who are state approved and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved supervisors, our students are trained to assess, diagnose, consult, and treat relationships and individuals. Our students engage in self-reflection, or person-of-the-therapist exploration, to better understand themselves as a provider. Graduates heal and empower clients from diverse intersecting social locations (e.g., ethnicities, gender identities, faith traditions). 

Join our cohort model

COAMFTE classifies the MACFT program as campus-based (in person), thus most classes are taught on campus with web-enhanced methods of instruction. Classes are taught weekdays and select weekends. Our students may work part-time throughout the program. However, they need to be available for classes and clinical work during daytime hours. The program adheres to all COVID-related SU policies. 

Equip yourself to be a couples and family therapist in both traditional and innovative therapy settings

Our graduates work in community agencies, private practice, school settings, and other clinical arenas. They contribute to the field of couples and family therapy by seeing clients, advocating for justice, and participating in professional organizations including the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT).

You will gain

  • Knowledge of the marriage and family therapy profession and a desire to become a licensed couples and family therapist.
  • Passion to work with diverse populations.  
  • Field experience providing at least 400 hours of supervised clinical treatment to clients at agencies throughout the Puget Sound area.
No application fee
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Mission

The MACFT program prepares systemic therapists to promote healing, growth, and relational connectedness.

Outcome Based Education

Degree Requirements

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

The Seattle University catalog and course descriptions can be found here. All courses are three (3) credits, unless indicated.

Minimum credits required for degree: 56

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

Accreditation

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Our Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accredited program is dedicated to strength-based, systemic, trauma informed care, social justice, and the formation of resilient clinicians. 

One of the many benefits of attending a COAMFTE accredited program is that it simplifies the post-graduation licensure application in many states. In Washington State, graduates of COAMFTE accredited programs meet the education requirements for LMFT licensure. Learn more here.

Professional Memberships

Clinical students are required to become members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT).

Tevera

The process of becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist requires skill development, knowledge of theory, and a lot of paperwork. To ease the burden of collecting, organizing, and reporting clinical and program details, the program uses Tevera, the first subscription cloud-based platform developed for managing practicums, internships, and accreditation for clinical training programs. The MACFT program has been using the platform since 2021. Students, site supervisors, and faculty find it easy to use.

Students use Tevera to secure internships, record signed clinical and supervision hours, and track progress towards our MACFT student learning outcomes. Graduates have lifelong access to their Tevera training record, which can be very helpful when applying for licensure or employment.

The cost is indicated in our "transparent policy" document. Eligible students can use financial aid. Tevera is required for all MACFT students.

Graduate Achievement Data Disclosure & Program Policies

COAMFTE Graduate Achievement Data Disclosure (GAD) provides graduation, job-placement, and licensure rates.

The transparent policy document gives an overview of the program's demographics, policies, and procedures.

More information on COAMFTE’s Version 12.5 Accreditation Standards is available here.

A state licensure comparison can be found here

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Questions about the program?

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cft@seattleu.edu