An Interfaith, Spiritually-Integrated Program
The Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy integrates clinical education and practice with theological insight and spiritual formation. Students learn about family therapy theory, evidence-based practice in couples and family therapy, individual and family development, and the skills necessary for competent practice. The degree requires 500 hours of supervised clinical experience, including group and individual supervision provided by state-approved and AAMFT-approved supervisors.
This program uniquely addresses the need for therapists to work with families and individuals who come from complex worlds, including diverse faith and cultural traditions. Therapists are prepared to treat a wide variety of presenting problems, from difficulties with family transitions to individuals who present with anxiety, depression, and other mental health related concerns. Required courses introduce systemic, contextual family and individual treatment, and psychopathology, assessment, and diagnosis in order to both offer clients holistic care and be able to collaborate with other health care providers and significant persons in clients’ lives. The Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy affords graduates the skills to utilize clients’ own faith and belief practices by incorporating spiritual reflections, rituals, and discussions into the clinical work, at the clients’ request, in order to help clients live healthier and more fulfilling lives.