Friends University – Lenexa

Family Therapy Program
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Friends University exists to provide a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education that incorporates liberal arts instruction and professional studies within the context of the Christian faith.

Program Overview
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family Therapy
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

8207 Melrose Drive
Suite 200
Lenexa, KS 66214
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • History of MFT and Systems Theory
  • Prefessional Ethics in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Approaches of Couple and Family Assessment
  • Influences of Emotion, Attachment and Trauma on Human Development
  • Research in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Intergenerational Family Theories
  • Classic Theories of Therapeutic Intervention in MFT
  • Post-modern Theories of Therapeutic Intervention in MFT
  • Diagnostic Assessment of Psychopathology
  • Pharmacology in Mental Health Services
  • Foundational Skills for Clinical Practice I
  • Foundational Skills for Clinical Practice II
  • Social and Cultural Diversity in Human Development
  • Parenting Strategies
  • Sexuality & Intimacy
  • Cognitive/Behavioral Approaches to Therapy
  • Understanding and Treating Addictive Disorders
  • Violence in Couples and Families
  • Emotion-Focused Approaches to Therapy
  • Family Stress and Transitions
  • Internship I, II, III, IV
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The Master of Science in Family Therapy (MSFT) degree at Friends University in Kansas City provides academic and clinical training for persons seeking

competence in the professional discipline of Marriage and Family Therapy.

This degree meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in most states including Kansas and Missouri.

The MSFT program is dedicated to the core educational outcome of providing a professional foundation for practice as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapy mental health provider. This outcome is pursued through a program philosophy that values an adult learning environment which is profession-focused, systemically informed, culturally sensitive, and supportive of a transformative developmental trajectory inclusive of three integrative domains of MFT professional competency. Those domains include interpersonal competency referenced as the "self of the therapist,"

theoretical competency referenced as a "life-long learner within the profession", and clinical competency referenced as an effective practitioner continuously "meriting the public trust."

Students complete 60 credit hours that include a set sequence of required academic courses integrated within a continuous 16-month supervised clinical internship. The full program schedule is designed to be completed within a minimum of 24 months. Two comprehensive examinations are required, occurring in each spring semester.

By program completion, students prepare and submit a portfolio of professional skill development for review by selected community professionals and final approval by program faculty.

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.