University of Winnipeg

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Program
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The Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) program at the University of Winnipeg is The MMFT program is one of the few programs in Canada that offers a master's degree to prepare students for careers as marriage and family therapists. The program is known for its academic and clinical rigor, training students to work within a systemic/relational framework.

The Master of Marriage and Family Therapy is a clinical degree. It is a non-thesis program with courses that provides students with a theoretical framework for their clinical work. The MMFT Program of study consists of 63 credit hours (59 required and four elective credits). Supervised Marriage and Family Therapy courses (i.e., practicum) make up 24 of the 63 credit hours in the Program. Students are required to provide 500 hours of therapy under supervision in order to graduate with a Master's degree. The usual ratio is around 2 hours of supervision for every 5 hours of therapy. Most of these hours are completed at Aurora Family Therapy Centre, located on the University of Winnipeg campus. During the last year of practicum, students are required to take Graduate Seminar. This course combines their learning across the degree and provides a capstone experience in the final paper. Students research and articulate their own integrated theory of therapy with examples from their client work.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Narumi Taniguchi (director)
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

515 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9

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Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Survey of Family Therapy Theories
  • Couple Therapy
  • Self in the Family Laboratory
  • Children & Adolescents in Family Therapy
  • Human Sexuality & Sex Therapy
  • Issues of Diversity in Family Therapy
  • Group Theory & Therapy
  • Psychopathology and Therapeutics)
  • Assessing Addiction in the Family
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Assessment
  • Working w/ Fam. & Serious Mental Illness
  • Spirituality and Family Therapy
  • Abuse in the Family – Theory
  • Treating Relational Trauma)
  • Family Reconstruction
  • Death in the Family
  • Family Therapy Plans and Interventions
  • Health, Aging and Work of Adulthood
  • Marriage and Family Therapy as a Profession
  • Family Therapy Research Methods
  • Supervised Marriage and Family Therapy
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The MMFT Program is designed for those who want a quality professional education/training in this field. School counsellors, social workers, pastoral workers and other helping professionals may use this training to develop a specialty in relationship therapy; or mature persons with an unrelated undergraduate degree and work experience may choose this program as a vehicle for career change. The program is structured for part-time study. Under extenuating circumstances, when part-time study is not possible, we would accommodate a student's need for a full-time study (3 years). Most students are part-time and the average time it takes to complete the master's degree requirements is 6-7 years.

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.