Southern Nazarene University

Department of Psychology and Counseling
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The M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy program is a 48-hour program designed to meet the academic requirements for the Licensed Marital and Family Therapist license in Oklahoma. The curriculum is divided into fourteen modules containing theoretical and applied psychotherapy courses, and 450 hours of internship. Courses are completed over four non-traditional, accelerated semesters. The courses (modules) are taken sequentially to allow focused study on one subject area at a time. Class meetings occur one night per week for a four-hour session or on intensive weekend courses that meet Friday and Saturday for eight hours each day. Extensive directed study occurs outside the classroom, in preparation for participative learning experiences during class time.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Paul Jones
Department Emphasis
  • 60% Family Therapy
  • 20% Child/Human Development
  • 10% Brief Therapy
  • 10% Treatment Planning
Campus Enrollment
2,300
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

6729 N.W. 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK 73008
United States

Phone Number
405-717-6269
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Paul C. Jones
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Counseling Techniques
  • Lifespan Development
  • Research Methods
  • Psychopathology
  • Family and Psychological Assessment
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Professional Orientation
  • Family Crisis Intervention
  • Philosophy of Interpersonal Relationships
  • Marital and Family Systems
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Counseling the Elderly
  • Multicultural Treatment Planning
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Career Assessment and Counseling
  • Brief Psychotherapy
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Child Development
  • Child Psychopathology and Assessment
  • Introduction to Play Therapy
  • Techniques in Play Therapy
  • Advanced Play Therapy Techniques
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marital & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy program is a 48-hour program designed to meet the academic requirements for the Licensed Marital and Family Therapist license in Oklahoma. The curriculum is divided into fourteen modules containing theoretical and applied psychotherapy courses, and 450 hours of internship. Courses are completed over four non-traditional, accelerated semesters. The courses (modules) are taken sequentially to allow focused study on one subject area at a time. Class meetings occur one night per week for a four-hour session or on intensive weekend courses that meet Friday and Saturday for eight hours each day. Extensive directed study occurs outside the classroom, in preparation for participative learning experiences during class time.  There is a concentration in the MA program to help students fulfill academic requirements for the Registered Play Therapist credential. It consists of 5 courses. 

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.