Mercer University

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
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The Master of Family Therapy Graduate Program at Mercer University School of Medicine is offered in two locations, Macon and Atlanta, Georgia. It is designed to prepare family therapists to work with families, couples, and individuals in a wide variety of work settings including, but not limited to, hospitals, community mental health centers, substance abuse treatment centers, and private practice. The program is structured to meet the academic and experiential requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of Georgia, and to prepare students for the National Examination in Marital and Family Therapy (AMFTRB). Since the mid 1980's, the Macon campus has been training family therapists to work as members of integrated healthcare teams. Initial accreditation was awarded to the Macon campus of the program in 1997, and in 2009 an additional campus was opened and accredited in the Atlanta area. Mercer University's MFT Program is one of only three program in Georgia accredited by COAMFTE.

Program Mission: The Mercer University School of Medicine Masters of Family Therapy (MFT) program mission is to transform MFT and medical students into competent, compassionate and ethical professionals who work collaboratively to meet the needs of individuals, couples, families and communities, including the rural and underserved. Emphasizing interactive and case-based teaching strategies, our student-centered faculty provides a conceptual and practical foundation that equips graduates to be discerning consumers and innovative producers of knowledge across a variety of medical and other clinical settings, as well as academic institutions. This foundation prepares clinicians to articulate and utilize a wide variety of philosophical perspectives, theoretical orientations, and clinical modalities, all with sensitivity and responsiveness to diverse contextual factors that impact therapist and client systems, as well as institutions and communities in which they participate. Through scholarship and clinical outreach, students and faculty work closely to have local, regional, national, and global impact.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Karen Hall, Janette Carter, and Sam Baker
Department Emphasis
  • 20% Family Therapy
  • 20% Family Scienc
  • 20% Human Development
  • 20% Clinical Internship
  • 7% Research
  • 7% Ethics
  • 6% Assessment
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

655 First Street
Macon, GA 31201
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Family Studies
  • Family Therapy I
  • Family Therapy II
  • Family Therapy with Major Psychopathology
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Methods
  • Addiction Processes in Families
  • Marital, Couple, and Sexual Issues in Family Therapy
  • Practicum I
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Loss and Grief Across the Lifespan
  • Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Family Therapy Research Methodology
  • Family Therapy Practicum
  • Medical Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Play Therapy
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Steve Livingston
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Family Studies
  • Family Systems I & II
  • Family Therapy with Major Psychopathology
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Methods
  • Management of Family Services I & II
  • Family Treatment of Addiction
  • Human Sexual Dysfunction
  • Child Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development
  • Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Family Research Methodology
  • Gender Development
  • Special Topics in Marriage and Family (Medical Family Therapy
  • Differentiation and Spirituality)
  • Practicum
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family Therapy
Masters Comments

An integrative family systems approach is emphasized which draws from the various theoretical perspectives including the following: multi-generational, individual, and family development, object relations, contextual, structural, strategic, Bowen family systems, narrative and constructivist theories. This program of study satisfies the requirements to sit for the Georgia licensing exam as a marriage and family therapist and leads to admission into the American Association for 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.