Western Seminary–San Jose

Marital & Family Therapy Program
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Western Seminary San Jose's Marital and Family Therapy program prepares individuals who are seeking state licensure as MFTs. The Marital and Family Therapy program endeavors to equip marriage and family therapists for ministry in and out of the Church. Our program promotes growth in Christian maturity that is demonstrated through effective interpersonal relationships, while providing students with the expertise to integrate Biblical and theological foundations with the insights of psychology and practical counseling strategies. The curriculum is one of rigorous academic study in order to prepare students for a ministry to the hurting in the community using psychological insights and theological truths. All assignments have practical application in order to prepare the student to serve as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the real world. Students can combine our MFT program with our Addiction Studies Certificate in order to gain more advanced training in the area of addiction and recovery.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Judith Needham (director)
Department Emphasis
  • 30% Family Therapy
  • 30% FAmily Studies
  • 20% Bible/Theology 20%
  • 10% Child/Human Development
  • 10% Spiritual
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

469 El Camino Real
Suite 205
Santa Clara, CA 95050
United States

Phone Number
Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Clinical Foundations
  • Psychological Theory & Techniques
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Psychotherapeutic Systems
  • Psychopathology
  • Legal & Ethical Issues
  • Human Life Span Development
  • Introduction to Integrative Issues
  • Advanced Integration
  • Spiritual Development & Assessment
  • Group Counseling
  • Social & Cultural Foundations
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Career & Lifestyle Development
  • Child & Adolescent Therapy
  • Human Sexuality
  • Research in Counseling & Family Studies
  • Tests & Meaurements
  • Physiology & Pharmacology of Addiction
  • Counseling Addictions
  • Counseling Practicum I, II, & III
  • Counseling Violence & Abuse
  • Human Services
  • Emergency Preparation: Crisis Management
  • Learning to Interpret Scripture
  • Interpreting the Old/New Testament 1
  • Interpreting the Old/New Testament 2
  • Interpreting the Old/New Testament 3
  • Theology 1 - Knowing the Triune God
  • Theology 2 - Glorifying the God of Our Salvation
  • Theology 3 - Living as the Community of the Spirit
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marital & Family Therapy
  • MFT & Addiction Studies Certificate (dual track)
Masters Comments

Western Seminary offers a Marital and Family Therapy program grounded in a biblical worldview. In particular, Western underscores the necessity for a healthy self and wholeness in Christ as vital for those desiring to counsel others in the ministry of family therapy. In the midst of their academic training, students participate in small group processing intended to foster personal exploration of their own areas requiring spiritual and emotional healing. The Marital and Family Therapy program combines theoretical constructs with practical application both within the personal lives of students as well as in their future professional work as therapists.

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.