Christian Theological Seminary

Department of Psychology & Theology
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Our marriage and family therapy program emphasizes the integration of family systems theory and spirituality in a unique ecumenical seminary context. Some of the family systems theory emphasized include object relations, intergenerational theory, solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, and emotionally-focused therapy. We also emphasize self of therapist issues in course work as well as the practicum experience. Our emphasis on spirituality is influenced by a liberal theologian perspective that is open to persons of varying theological perspectives. Our student body run the spectrum from conservative evangelical to progressive liberal viewpoints. In addition, the marriage and family therapy program has around 40% of its students who are persons of color. The practicum is housed in a large three story brick mansion on the campus fitted for video and live supervision. Students receive a supervision intensive experience with options for some off-site experiences. The institution is currently engaged in an anti-rasism, pro-reconciliation training with faculty and staff.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Suzanne M. Coyle (director)
Department Emphasis
  • 30% Family Therapy
  • 30% Assessment & Treatment
  • 20% Family Science
  • 10% Human Development
  • 10% Theological Studies
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

1000 W. 42nd St.
Indianapolis, IN 46228
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Basics of Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Introduction to Pastoral Psychotherapy
  • Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Aging and the Family
  • Personality, Human Development, and Christian Faith
  • The Family-History
  • Sexuality, Gender and Culture
  • Theory of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling with Abuse Survivors
  • Couples Systems Therapy
  • Group Dynamics
  • Divorce and Remarriage
  • Loss and Mourning
  • Foundations of Healing
  • Healing through Play and Ritual
  • Theological Perspectives on Pastoral Care
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice
  • Psychopathology and Assessment
  • Religion, Medicine and Pastoral Care
  • Dreams
  • Treating Addictive Behavior
  • Cross-Cultural Issues in Therapy
  • Briefer Psychodynamic Psychotherapies
  • Authority and Dependency in Congregational Life
  • Freud Jung and Religion
  • Affect in Human Transformation
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Basic Research Methodology
  • Object Relations Family Therapy
  • Feminist Family Therapy
  • Intergenerational Psychodynamic Family Therapy
  • Clinical Pastoral Education I, II, & III
  • Special Issues in Counseling and Therapy
  • Internship in Pastoral Care
  • Residency in Ministry
  • Counseling Practicum I, II, & III
  • Directed Clinical Studies
  • Guided Research in Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Guided Research in Pastoral Psychotherapy and Counseling
  • Guided Research in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Guided Research in Psychology and Culture
  • Postmodern Therapies
  • Families and Larger Systems
  • Self in the Family
  • Structural, Strategic, and Briefer Family Therapy
  • Theory of Marriage and Family Therapy
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Suzanne M. Coyle
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Postmodern Therapies
  • Families and Larger Systems
  • Self in the Family
  • Structural, Strategic, and Briefer Family Therapy
  • Theory of Marriage and Family Therapy
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The MFT program meets State of Indiana academic requirements for licensing of marriage and family therapists. Students in the program will receive at least 100 hours of individual and group supervision in practicum and at least 50 hours of that supervision will be based on direct observation, videotape, or audiotape. A criminal background check is a prerequisite for admission to practicum. Indiana Licensure Laws for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and/or Licensed Mental Health Counselor REQUIRE a two-year supervised clinical experience following graduation. A candidate for licensure cannot qualify to sit for the license exam without this two-year post-graduate supervised experience. CTS offers a post-graduate Residency aimed at meeting the state licensure requirements, and helping the graduate establish a viable clinical practice. Applicants are accepted both from CTS masters programs and from academic programs at other approved universities and graduate schools.

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.