Valdosta State University
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.