Lipscomb University

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
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The M.MFT in Marriage & Family Therapy offers a 60-hour curriculum designed to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist in Tennessee. This credential allows students to provide Marriage and Family Therapy services to individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings in the community such as mental health centers, private practices, churches, and parachurch organizations. For a detailed description of the LMFT guidelines in Tennessee. Our program's emphasis on faith integration would be especially helpful for those who wish to practice in faith-related settings (although students are not limited to only these settings). Students have the opportunity to receive a specialization in Play Therapy. The Marriage and Family Therapy students do their internship at the Lipscomb Family Therapy Center which is located on Lipscomb's main campus. The house provides therapy to the community while also providing a training ground for graduate students.

The M.MFT in Marriage and Family therapy is a 60 hour, 24 month program structured in a cohort model which requires all the coursework and practice necessary for students seeking MFT licensure. Students in this program attend full-time, year-round and take courses on Tuesday evenings at our new off-site location in Cool Springs. Students will complete 500 hours of supervised clinical work in addition to their coursework.

The undergraduate Family Science major has a concentration in Family Relations. This concentration provides a background in child development and family studies. It provides the study of families across the family life cycle, from infant development through families in later adulthood, or aging. Students can find careers in a variety of child and family service settings, advocacy and political action, education, government and international services. This program also serves as a strong preparation for graduate school, leading to professional roles in marital and family counseling, child development, family advocacy, agency leadership, aging services, higher education and business. The program emphasizes the prevention of family problems through education and intervention. Students will be guided to "land" in one area of interest: Children, adolescence, emerging adulthood, mid-life, or aging.

Many students are interested in careers as certified Child Life Specialists. Students with such interests should follow the general Family Relations curriculum, but also take the emphasis for Child Life Specialists. The curriculum is designed to adhere to guidelines established by the National Council on Family Relations, as well as the recommendations from the Child Life Council.

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

One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
United States

Phone Number
1-800-333-4358, ext. 2000
Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Dr. John Conger
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Chris Gonzales
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Systems and Family Theory
  • Introduction to Counseling Skills
  • Family Life Cycle
  • Family Therapy I & II
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Pre-practicum
  • Non-traditional Families
  • Professional Development and MFT Ethics
  • Couple, Marital, and Sex Therapy
  • Practicum I, II, III, & IV
  • Family Assessment
  • Group Therapy
  • Cultural Diversity in MFT
  • Research and Stats
  • Career Counseling
  • Spirituality in MFT
  • Treating Addiction in Families
  • Therapy Across the Life Cycle
  • Intermediate Statistics
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • 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.