Bethel Seminary–St. Paul

Department of Marriage & Family Studies
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The primary focus of this program is to prepare students to function in the role of marriage and family specialists and to do so with strong Biblical and theological understanding of the need for and implications of this role in the ministry of the church. This role could be practiced as a specialist in family ministries within a church setting, in a parish-based counseling practice or other kinds of parachurch or pastoral counseling agencies, in a secular community mental health center, or in other treatment settings requiring family expertise.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Mary Jensen
Department Emphasis
  • 40% Family Therapy
  • 30% Family Studies
  • 30% Human Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

3949 Bethel Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55112
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Mary Jensen
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Foundation of Marriage & Family Studies
  • Families in Context: Gender, Class & Culture
  • Dynamics of Family Interaction: Sexuality, Spirituality, & Socialization
  • Individual Development within the Family
  • Challenges Over the Family Life Cycle
  • Individual & Family Psychopathology, Theories of Marital & Family Therapy
  • Marital & Family Assessment
  • Advanced Clinical Issues
  • Professional & Ethical Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Research Design & Evaluation in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Integration Seminar: Worldview, Ethics, & Practice
  • Supervised Clinical Experience (Practicum)
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marital & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

This program offers students a comprehensive, advanced opportunity to learn to: 1) Understand their own family relationships in ways that enhance ministry; 2) Offer effective programming for prevention and enrichment; 3) Intervene appropriately with troubled couples and families, and 4) Understand systemic dynamics in congregations and other organizations. In addition to the Masters degree program, a certificate in Marriage & Family Studies/Therapy is offered for persons already holding a Masters degree but desiring state licensure. Typically, this sequence includes a minimum of 5 MFT courses and 2 units of Supervised Clinical Experience. In 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, students in our program received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.