Loma Linda University

Department of Counseling & Family Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

Loma Linda University, a health sciences institution, is located approximately 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and just south of San Bernardino, California. Within the graduate school is the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences, and the Loma Linda University Marital and Family Therapy Program. Started in 1971, the LLU Marital and Family Therapy Program became accredited in 1975 by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, making it one of the first accredited programs in the United States. Superb faculty and excellent clinical facilities combine to provide top quality training for students of the program. In addition to outstanding education, Loma Linda's inland location also provides easy access to mountains, beaches, and desert climates for numerous recreational opportunities. Recognizing our influence through teaching, research, supervised practice and service, the mission of the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences is to address relational needs and concerns of individuals and families over the life course as faced in the contexts of communities and in the larger global society; encourage spirited wholeness by attending to the physical, mental, and social dimensions of human experience; create understanding about humans as relating beings; advance appreciation for human diversity as modeled; advocate for the rights of all humans, for the protection of human dignity, and the value of respect in all human interactions; collaborate with community in terms of training, service, and scholarship in our field; and influence our immediate environment as well as the whole world. The Loma Linda University Masters Program in Marital and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMTE). On May 22, 2012, the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) has determined that Loma Linda University's Masters' degree in Marital and Family Therapy meets the Senate Bill statutory requirements for Marriage and Family Therapy under Business and Professions Code section (BPC) 4980.36. It is a 90 quarter unit program.


Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Curtis Fox and Dr. Doug Huenergardt (co-chairs)
Department Emphasis
  • 80% Family Therapy
  • 10% Family Studies
  • 10% Child/Human Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

11139 Anderson St.
Loma Linda, CA 92350
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Mary Moline (M.S.), Dr. Carmen Martin (Ph.D.), Dr. Doug Huenegardt (DMFT)
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Cyberneticcs
  • Meaning II
  • Natural Systems, Clinical Issues
  • Advanced MFT Assessment
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Advanced Legal & Ethical Issues
  • Advanced Family Studies
  • Supervision in MFT
  • Statistics
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Research in MFT
  • Computer Applications
  • Program Evaluation
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Spirituality & Mental Health
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Administration in MFT
  • Program Development for Families & Communities
  • Grant Writing
  • Advanced Program Development & Evaluation
  • Issues in Research Design & Presentation
  • Doctoral Practicum
  • Research
  • DMFT Project
  • Dissertation Seminar
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Child Life
  • Counseling
  • Family Studies
  • Marital & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The marital and family therapy program leads to the Master of Science degree and is designed to give students a broad academic background as well as professional practice for working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings. These include, but not exclusively, medical, legal, educational, mental health, managed care/HMO, private practice, and church settings. The program offers various certificates of study in addition to the main MS curriculum. The certificates have been designed to enhance the student's scope of practice. A certificate can add units and clinical hours to the existing 90-unit MS degree. The program offers the following certificate options: Certificate in Clinical Mediation, School Counseling (PPS), Drug and Alcohol, Family Studies and Child Life Specialist.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Family Studies
  • Marital & Family Therapy
Doctoral Comments

Loma Linda University Department of Counseling and Family Sciences offers a PhD and a DMFT in marital and family therapy, as well as a PhD in family studies. The PhD in MFT follows the scientist-practitioner model, in which the students are expected to develop expertise both in empirical research methods and clinical practice for careers in teaching and research. The DMFT follows the practitioner-evaluator model and focuses on applied skill development for use in clinical practice and administrative positions. The PhD in family studies is a non-clinical degree that supports the standard curriculum of the National Council of Family Relations and prepares graduates to become certified family life educators.

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.

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CFLE Contact
Curtis A. Fox, Ph.D., CFLE
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