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Program Mission & Student Learning Outcomes

MFT Program Mission Statement

Congruent with the University’s mission statement to stewards followers of Jesus who flourish in their vocations for the sake of the world, the MFT program provides quality education and training in a committed Christian context to develop competent professionals as beginning marriage and family therapists.


Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Program Goal 1 – Students will develop competent professional skills (including and related to knowledge, practice, research, and ethics) as beginning marriage and family therapists.

  • SLO 1: Students will demonstrate comprehension and application of the relational/systemic marriage and family therapeutic models.
  • SLO 2: Students will be able to articulate what marriage and family theory/theories inform their clinical work and its application to multicultural contexts.
  • SLO 3: Students will demonstrate knowledge and competency in assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and therapeutic interventions with individuals, couples, and families seeking treatment, from a relational/systemic framework that is multiculturally-informed.
  • SLO 4: Students will demonstrate knowledge and basic application of research to marriage and family therapy.
  • SLO 5: Students will demonstrate knowledge and competency of MFT ethical, legal and professional issues.

Program Goal 2 – Deepen student self-awareness, understanding, and growth personally, relationally, and spiritually.

  • SLO 6: Students will demonstrate awareness of and address “self of the therapist” issues that impact the capacity for practice/service and ministry.

Program Goal 3 – Engage students with issues of diversity and multi-culturalism.

  • SLO 7: Students will demonstrate awareness and comprehension of and sensitivity to issues of diversity and multi-culturalism in the therapeutic process.

Program Goal 4 – Involve students in Christian faith and spiritual formation.

  • SLO 8: Students will demonstrate comprehension and the ability to address faith perspectives and experiences of clients with marriage and family theory and praxis.