An Interfaith, Spiritually-Integrated Program
The Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy integrates effective, competent clinical education and practice with theological studies and spiritual formation. Students learn about systems theory, historic, current, and evolving approaches to marriage and family therapy, individual and family development, psychology and mental health, and research within clinical practice. The degree requires 500 hours of supervised clinical practice, including group and individual supervision.
This program is unique in that it highlights 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, physicians, and significant persons in clients’ lives. Broader than a traditional advanced degree in psychology or counseling, 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.