Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Marriage & Family Therapy Program
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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT's) are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples and family systems. Marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including: depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems and child-parent problems. Marriage and family therapists take a holistic perspective to health care; they are concerned with the overall long-term well-being of individuals and their families.

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

2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Psychopathology
  • Counseling Therapy and Technique
  • Statistical Techniques and Research Methods
  • Foundations of Family Therapy
  • Families and Couples in Society
  • Multicultural Studies of the Family
  • Study of Couple Relationships
  • Advanced Family Therapy
  • Advanced Couples Therapy
  • Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Concerns
  • Assessment of Couples and Families
  • Special Topics
  • Play Therapy with Families
  • Family Therapy with Violence and Abuse Issues
  • Addictions and Family Therapy
  • Spirituality and Family Therapy
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Children and Adolescents in Family Therapy
  • Marriage and Family Therapy with Immigrant Families
  • In-Home Family Therapy
  • Advanced Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy with Families
  • Crossing Over: Building Professional Relationships between Law Enforcement and Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Introduction to Grief and Loss Issues in Family Therapy
  • Family Therapy with Families with Disabilities
  • Medical Family Therapy
  • Use of Self in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Assessing and Treating Substance Abuse/Dependency from a Systemic Perspective
  • Couple and Family Therapy with Gay and Lesbian Families
  • Family Therapy with African American Families
  • Working with Returning Military Personnel and their Families from a Systemic Perspective
  • Special Topics: Business of Practice
  • Ethical Issues and Professional Practices in Marital and Family Therapy
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Issues and Orientation
  • Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning with Children and Adolescents in Family Therapy
  • Systemic/Relational Interviewing
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum I, II, & III
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum Completion
  • Expressive Arts and Narrative Therapy
  • Psychological Assessment
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program prepares graduates for professional work in human services. Courses are designed to enhance the professional's understanding of and use of systemic and relational interventions with individuals, couples and families. The curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure with the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy is offered collaboratively with the Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services.

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.