Seattle Pacific University

Department of Marriage & FamilyTherapy
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Openness, respect, curiosity, accountability, and a holistic view of clinical care - these are the guiding values of Seattle Pacific University's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) master's degree. The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Seattle Pacific University is to provide the highest quality education and training in marriage and family therapy in a distinctively Christian context. Graduates of the master of science in marriage and family therapy (M.S.) program are prepared to: (1) Apply family systems theoretical models and clinical interventions to therapeutic work with individuals, couples, groups and families; (2) Examine personal and professional values and integrate them into an ethical practice of family therapy; (3) Demonstrate awareness of sociocultural and professional trends in the practice of psychotherapy. Students can complete the program in 2, 3 or 4 years. Classes are taken sequentially and most meet in the afternoon and evenings.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Scott Edwards (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Marriage & Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
3,842
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

3307 Third Avenue West
Suite 107
West Seattle, WA 98119
United States

Phone Number
206-281-2762
Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Social Ecology of MFT
  • History, Systems, and Christian Perspectives
  • Theories of MFT I & II
  • Ethical Issues and Crisis Intervention
  • Clinical Practicum I-VII
  • Psychopathology and Systems
  • Issues, Ethics and MFT
  • Gender Perspectives and Therapy
  • Becoming a Systems Therapist
  • Graduate Research I & II
  • Treatment of Children
  • Adolescents and MFT
  • Brief Family Therapy
  • Object Relations Family Therapy
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Narrative Family Therapy
  • Bowen Therapy
  • Physiological and Medical Issues
  • Multicultural Issues in Family Therapy
  • Treatment of Abusive Systems
  • Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy
  • Treatment of Couples
  • Measurement and Assessment
  • Human Sexuality
  • Christian Perspective on Psychotherapy
  • Premarital Education
  • Medical Family Therapy
  • Grief, Death, and Culture
  • Current Trends in MFT
  • Reflective Practice
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

Openness, respect, curiosity, accountability, and a holistic view of clinical care - these are the guiding values of Seattle Pacific University's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) master's degree. The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Seattle Pacific University is to provide the highest quality education and training in marriage and family therapy in a distinctively Christian context. Graduates of the master of science in marriage and family therapy (M.S.) program are prepared to: (1) Apply family systems theoretical models and clinical interventions to therapeutic work with individuals, couples, groups and families; (2) Examine personal and professional values and integrate them into an ethical practice of family therapy; (3) Demonstrate awareness of sociocultural and professional trends in the practice of psychotherapy. Students can complete the program in 2, 3 or 4 years. Classes are taken sequentially and most meet in the afternoon and evenings.

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.