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The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pacific Lutheran University is to train students to become systemically-oriented, contextually sensitive MFT Professionals who address the diverse needs and clinical concerns of individuals, couples, families, and communities.

Program Goals

Students and graduates will be:

  • Systemically-oriented MFT Professionals
  • Contextually sensitive MFT Professionals committed to diversity and inclusion
  • Ethical and effective MFT Professionals in the community mental health context
  • Professionals who identify as Marriage and Family Therapists

Highlights of our program include:

  • The Couple and Family Therapy Center – You will train as a student therapist in our on-campus clinic with a faculty member as your supervisor. The clinic is equipped with one-way mirrors, every session is recorded, and the faculty supervisor is guiding you through your first cases.
  • We are one of only four COAMFTE accredited programs in WA – As a graduate of an accredited program, you will have 500 of 1000 direct client contact hours required for licensure in WA.
  • We place you for your practicum – We have established partnerships with five local community mental health agencies so that you do not have to go out and find one on your own.
  • We value diversity – We value a diverse learning community. Together, we encounter and experience a rich variety of perspectives, ideas, belief systems and ways of thinking. In and out of class, we are enriched by each other's stories, opinions, and personalities.
  • Truly small class sizes of approximately 20 students– Our students get to know each other very well right away. Students find that the relationships they develop by working so closely together benefits both their professional and personal lives.
  • 98.6% pass rate on the national MFT exam for our graduates – Further details about our program performance, including the number of students in the program, our graduation rate, and licensure rate can be found at: COAMFTE Student Achievement Data.
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The department offers an undergraduate major in Family and Child Life with specializations in Family Science or Child Life, as well as minors in Family Science and Child Development. A graduate degree in Family and Child Life is also offered.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Openness, respect, curiosity, accountability, and a holistic view of clinical care - these are the guiding values of Seattle Pacific University's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) master's degree. The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Seattle Pacific University is to provide the highest quality education and training in marriage and family therapy in a distinctively Christian context. Graduates of the master of science in marriage and family therapy (M.S.) program are prepared to: (1) Apply family systems theoretical models and clinical interventions to therapeutic work with individuals, couples, groups and families; (2) Examine personal and professional values and integrate them into an ethical practice of family therapy; (3) Demonstrate awareness of sociocultural and professional trends in the practice of psychotherapy. Students can complete the program in 2, 3 or 4 years. Classes are taken sequentially and most meet in the afternoon and evenings.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program provides comprehensive clinical training for a career as a masters-level couple and family therapist. Emphasis is given to developing students capabilities to work at multiple levels of clinical treatment - ranging from children and adults to couples and families. The CFT curriculum meets Washington State licensing requirements for both mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy. It also is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Education (COAMFTE). Graduates of the CFT Program can expect to have achieved the following: (1) competence in conducting individual and family clinical assessment, (2) knowledge of the foundations and theory of couple and family systems, (3) competence in the theory and methods of therapeutic practice, (4) awareness of and appreciation for the multicultural aspects of human behavior, and (5) knowledge of the standards for the ethical and responsible practice of therapy.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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