The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage & Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Your learning in the program will prepare you for service as an effective clinician within diverse communities.
The program fosters a distinctive cohort model and provides a safe and supportive environment in which you’ll develop close relationships with your fellow students and with faculty. The program will emphasize not only learning how to become a marriage and family therapist but will also focus on your personal emotional development by placing special emphasis on the “self-of-the-therapist.” Upon graduation, you will be prepared to pursue licensure^ to work as a beginning professional marriage and family therapist. Additional details are provided below.
By inviting Kairos to walk on this journey with you, you’re seizing a unique opportunity to develop professional skills and strengthen your personal foundation as you learn about yourself and your faith, about human development and relationships, and about healthy marriages and families.
This program is 65 credit hours and consists of the following courses:
Survey of Christian Theology (3)
History and Theology of MFT (3)
Spiritual Formation in Ministry (3)
Assessment in Marriage and Family Therapy (3)
Dynamics of Biopsychosocialspiritual Dev. (3)
Psychological Tests and Measurements (1)
Children and Adolescents in Family Therapy (3)
Gender and Ethnicity (3)
Foundations for Marriage and Family Therapy (3)
Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy I (3)
Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy II (3)
Premarital Counseling Seminar (1)
Family Therapy – Skills and Practice (3)
Marriage Therapy – Theory and Practice (3)
Abusive and Addictive Family Systems (3)
Advanced Marriage and Family Therapy Seminar (1)
Sexual Function and Systemic Sex Therapy (3)
Relevant Issues in the Practice of MFT (1)
Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in FT (3)
Research in Marriage and Family Therapy (3)
Seminary Research Methods (0)
Personal Growth Plan (0)
Counseling Practicum for MAMFT Students I-III (3)
Counseling Practicum for MAMFT Students IV (4)
^Meets all educational requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, and 37 other states.
The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program encompasses academic, clinical, and personal achievement and development. Full-time commitment entails approximately 2-3 years for completion.
Professional marriage and family therapists are held to high standards of care and professionalism. Requirements for licensure are set forth by statutory laws and regulations and vary from state to state. Subsequent requirements include, but are not limited to, application to a state licensing regulatory board, post-graduate clinical hours, supervision, and successful passage of a national licensing examination.
This program is designed to prepare you to minister in a variety of contexts as an entry-level marriage and family therapist. The curriculum focuses on self-of-the-therapist development while also bringing cultural and theological sensitivity into the practice of marriage and family therapy. Based upon relational/systemic theoretical orientation of family systems thinking, it integrates biblical truth and Christian faith with these understandings.
As a student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program, you will journey together with your peers in a cohort-based community of learning. You’ll begin your journey by focusing on the fundamentals of relational therapy and then learn to first apply the basic skills and theories of family therapy to conceptualizing, assessing, and treating issues in mental health counseling through role plays, group activities, and presentations and then later to address specific issues like gender, ethnicity, addiction, abuse, and sexuality. The cohort model also encourages you to be in dialog about these issues – challenging new ideas to form in the process. Finally, you will put into practice your knowledge and skills during practicum by working with individuals, couples, and families in clinics and agencies. You’ll also be placed in supervision groups to present cases, learn from supervisors, and offer feedback to your peers.
Most people train to be therapists because they want to help other people. They want to focus on the history, values, struggles, and needs of the client. But this is not all that is happening in a therapy room. Self-of-the-therapist refers to an understanding that the therapist also brings to the session their own concerns, history, personality, values, struggles, and spirituality (to name a few). Part of the work in learning the art of helping others is to examine and understand yourself as the therapist. Only when you are able to identify the influence of “self” can you use it to be fully present with the client in sessions.
In addition to meeting standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, all coursework is designed to help you:
Ready to move forward? Here are a few things you’ll need to get started (more details in the catalog).