Valdosta State University

Marriage & Family Therapy Program
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Valdosta State University Program Overview: The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy are fully committed to nurturing the development of highly competent clinicians who work from a systemic/contextual perspective. The department fosters in students an authentic interest in their clients, therapeutic curiosity, awareness of ethical and therapeutic limitations, and the willingness to facilitate the self-determination of clients. The program curriculum and faculty members place a strong emphasis and value on diversity. We feel that mere tolerance of difference is not sufficient—we set a higher standard for our students. We believe that the differences that make up the rainbow of humanity must be embraced and cherished. The relationship between diversity and the variety of dominant cultural discourses such as ageism, classism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, and gender are woven throughout the fabric of our curriculum. MFT faculty members strive to explore with our students the ways that cultural and institutionalized discrimination are embedded in culture and language, exacerbating the treatment issues that clients present. We also examine the ways that issues of diversity and discrimination shape the context of therapy.

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

903 North Patterson
St.Valdosta State University
Valdosta, GA 31698-0060
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Kate Warner
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Relational Theory, Practice, and Ethics
  • Foundations of Family Therapy
  • Development in the Family System
  • Diverse Families: Clinical Perspectives
  • Family Systems Theories Interventions in MFT
  • Research in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
  • Psychopathology & Psychopharmacology in MFT
  • Legal Issues in MFT
  • Assessment in MFT Treatment Issues in Family Therapy
  • Advanced Theories Seminar #1: Narrative Therapy
  • Special Topics #1: Family Violence
  • Couples and Sex Therapy Advanced Theories
  • Seminar #2: Ericksonian Hypnosis
  • Special Topics #2: Mindfulness in MFT
  • Practicum in MFT Professional Ethics Seminar
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

Faculty use a success-based approach to build on student strengths. We value multiple perspectives and hold a deep respect for different value systems. Students are helped to develop their own unique clinical style and to work collaboratively with individuals, couples, families, and groups. We emphasize helping each student find his or her own therapeutic voice. Each student receives individual and small group supervision and carry a caseload at FamilyWorks, the student-run, university-based Family Therapy clinic operated by the Marriage and Family Therapy programStudents take coursework required to become licensed in Georgia and many other states, earning an M.S. Degree in MFT. The program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.

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.