Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (M.A.)
The Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy focuses on developing clinicians with the highest quality of professional competence. If you're searching for marriage and family therapy graduate programs in Indiana, our accredited 60 credit hour graduate program is interpersonal in focus and holistic in approach, emphasizing family systems within each student's Christian worldview context. Evidence-based approaches in the field are given high priority in the curriculum.
Students learn to engage with classic systemic models as well as more contemporary and postmodern approaches, benefit from our strongly interpersonal structure, and enjoy close interaction with faculty members. Those within the Master of Arts with a major in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy become an intimate community, a source of shared faith, knowledge and friendship. Through our state-of-the-art therapy and research center, MFC/T students are exposed to regular video recording and monitoring of their own and classmates' therapy sessions, supervision with video recordings, live supervision through two-way mirrors, and numerous research opportunities. Students are also exposed to a variety of learning environments through the classroom, practicum experience, and internship placements. We anticipate that our graduates will become leaders and public servants who thoughtfully address contemporary challenges such as troubled marriages, child concerns, single parenting, divorce, reconstituted families, and so forth with cultural competence and professional integrity. Students enrolled in marriage and family therapy programs are trained to work with individual clients in a manner that is consistent with their own budding philosophy of marriage and family therapy. Emphasis is placed on each student grappling with his or her own understanding of why therapy is successful, i.e., what is one's own theory of change within the therapeutic context?
Master of Arts with a major in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy students at Indiana Wesleyan University must complete 100 practicum hours and 900 internship hours (1,000 hours total) under the supervision of AAMFT approved supervisors or supervisor candidates. Courses and practicums are completed at our Marion, Ind. or Indianapolis (West) campuses. The program curriculum is designed to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of Indiana. Individuals seeking licensure outside of the state of Indiana are encourage to speak directly with an MFC/T faculty who can help them navigate the process.