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The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT) doctoral and masters programs at Alliant International University provide students with the essential training needed to pursue a career as a professional marriage and family therapist and prepare them to be licensed as a marital and family therapist. Students who complete the CFT masters at Alliant International University can apply all of their master's degree coursework and practicum hours toward the doctoral program. The CFT graduate programs at Alliant International University have a dedicated, caring, highly skilled, and diverse faculty. The program provides intensive theoretical and practical skill based training. The CFT program at Alliant International University attracts students from around the world and is dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Human Development and Family Studies program at Penn State was among the first of its kind in the nation, and continues to be one of the most respected. Our multidisciplinary program helps students explore the development of individuals and families across the life span, in order to prepare for professional, managerial, or scientific roles in health and human services professions, in public and nonprofit agencies, and in business and industry, as well as for advanced professional or graduate study. Courses emphasize biological, psychological, social/cultural, and economic aspects of development, as well as applied skills in intervention and evaluation, prevention, and the formulation of social policy. An internship in a setting that serves children, youth, adults, or the aged is required for this degree program. Through course work, undergraduate internships or research projects, students develop skills relevant to career objectives, such as counseling, assessment, program planning and evaluation, and research.

Areas of Study
  • Community - Undergraduate
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The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP) at WMU is part of the College of Education and Human Development. CECP offers two doctoral programs, one in Counseling Psychology (APA Accredited) and one in Counselor Education (CACREP Accredited. The Counselor Education doctoral program emphasizes preparation for academic leaders and supervisors/trainers. The CECP department also offers four other options at the master's level: Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education options in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, or College Counseling, Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (MCFC) and Rehabilitation Counseling. The department has a longstanding tradition of training mental health services professionals. The department recognizes the importance of addressing the needs of an increasingly diverse society, and strives to increase the educational opportunities of diverse student populations and to create an atmosphere where the values and concerns of diverse populations receive attention and respect. Issues of diversity are integrated into courses throughout the curriculum, as well as developed more fully through special topics courses.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The MSSW-MFT Specialization offers the opportunity for those pursuing their Masters Degree in Social Work to specialize in clinical practice with families in the context of their communities. The Specialization fulfills its mission by combining the systemic foundational principles of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) with the goals and values of social work. This Specialization deliberately prepares students to utilize family therapy with those families who are disadvantaged and/or typically underserved. The curriculum meets course requirements for Kentucky licensure in MFT and for Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Coursework focuses on theoretical foundations, practical applications, ethical responsibilities, integration of research, and supervised clinical practice.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) area includes 24 faculty positions, 18 of which are tenured and tenure-track, serving over 2,000 majors and minors.  We offer academic programs in Child Development, Early Childhood Development and Learning (including teacher certification), Family Studies, and  Gerontology.  Our Family Studies and Child Development majors complete field work early on in their academic training with a semester internship that completes their professional sequence. The Gerontology program is offered as a minor that pairs well with most majors or as a master's level certification. 

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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The purpose of the master's degree in counseling is to prepare counselors who are able to integrate their Christian faith and values with integrity in their practice of counseling. Graduates of the program will be prepared to provide professional service to public and private schools, churches, organizations, and business and industry setting. To that end, the graduate counseling program offers the following objectives: The M.A. in Counseling strives to promote (1) highly competent counselor training that places emphasis on doing and being, striving for growth and development in all areas as an effective strategy for promoting positive change in the people we serve; (2) lifelong scholarly learning that draws from and adds to counseling literature which is both theoretical and applied; (3) learning that respects and seeks to understand diversity; (4) values of integration and integrity in counselor education guided by the beliefs and practices of the Christian faith.

The Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (MFC/T) program at in Indiana Wesleyan is dually accredited by CACREP and COAMFTE, and is housed in the Division of Graduate Counseling. The Division offers four other programs beyond the MFC/T program,. The MFC/T program is committed to training entry level professionals whose clinical skills are informed by diverse theoretical traditions, ethical integrity and sensitivity to diverse populations of individuals, couples and families. The program is fully offered at two locations: Marion, IN and Indianapolis, IN.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Department of Psychology and Family Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies. Minors are also available in both areas.The Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies may be pursued by students interested in careers that involve working with children and families . The Family Studies program focuses on dynamics within families, the social context of the family, as well as the development of individuals within the family unit. Also, family structures, member roles, and family interactions are examined. This major is intended to prepare students interested in working with family life education in community service agencies. The degree leads to provisional certification as a family life educator through the National Council on Family Relations Certified Family Life Educator program.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Human Development and Family Science major recognizes the crucial role of families in society. The curriculum focuses on personal relationships and their connection to and impact on human living and development.  The program continues to hold to their motto, "Enriching the lives of families through education, service and advocacy."  Since 1999 the family studies curriculum has met the requirements for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation awarded by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). The program is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the helping professions, in human service agencies, the non profit sector, or for graduate school and research.  Career options include family life education, parenting education, helping professions, elder care services, family and social services, child development, youth ministry, and education. A significant portion of our students plan to attend a master's degree program in areas such as family law, social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling, early childhood education, occupational therapy and seminary.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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Accredited Institute

The degree programs offered through the department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences are interdisciplinary, applied social science programs designed to prepare you to enter a career in research or academia, human services, youth professions, family life education, cooperative extension, or community development in a public, private, or nonprofit organization.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Master's
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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HDFS is a leader in applied interdisciplinary scholarship focused on reducing risk and enhancing resilience within individuals and among families across cultures and generations. The distinguishing feature of HDFS is the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary integration of instruction, research and application between and among human development, family science, early childhood education, gerontology, and marriage and family therapy. Because integrative approaches are necessarily broad, the department's focus is on the many ways resilience may be discovered, developed, mastered, and maintained across human processes and contexts.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Master's
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Accredited Institute

The Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program at Pfeiffer University is offered on two campuses at both the Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham locations. It is designed to prepare family therapists and agents of change to work specifically with individuals, couples, and families in a wide variety of work settings. The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program is to provide effective clinical and academic training to students who affirm the dignity and integrity of all individuals and who demonstrate respect for diversity through life-long learning and the competent practice of marriage and family therapy. The program is intended to meet the academic and experiential requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of North Carolina, and to prepare students for the National Examination in Marital and Family Therapy (AMFTRB).

In collaboration with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the MMFT Program offered on both the Charlotte Campus and Raleigh/Durham Campus received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE) in November, 2010 and May 2014 respectively. Pfeiffer's Marriage and Family Therapy Program is one of only three programs in North Carolina accredited by COAMFTE.

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

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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Accredited Institute

The purpose of the marriage and family therapy (MFT) program is to prepare students to practice as highly competent entry-level MFTs, capable of applying systemic-social constructionist ideas and practices in therapy and related change processes, such as between families and larger systems, in a multicultural society. The MFT program is founded on the beliefs that: a) individuals, couples, and families function within a variety of intersecting social contexts, and b) they struggle with increasingly complex developmental issues, unanticipated stressful events, and sociocultural, economic, and political factors that constrain achievement of successful social participation. Community providers need specialized training and multi-systemic therapeutic approaches to expand their resources for addressing relational problems that emerge from these factors.

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

The Family Services coursework focuses on theory and research about family relationships and human development, with an applied focus in order to help prepare students for work in the human services field or to attend graduate school. We have a strong focus on prevention and early intervention, providing tools and knowledge to families in order to improve their quality of life. Students link their family studies knowledge with courses about the population they want to serve. The program has been designated as an approved Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program by the National Council on Family Relations. The school also offers an interdisciplinary gerontology major with a choice of two tracks, social sciences or long term care administration. The long term care administration track qualifies student to take the State of Iowa licensing exam for facility administrators. The social sciences track provides a broad perspective on the nature of adulthood and aging, and the provision of services to older persons.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
CFLE Approved
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Accredited Institute

Human Development and Family Sciences is committed to ensuring the optimal development, health, and well-being of individuals and families across the life course. Our transformational research, excellence in instruction, and active community engagement make us leaders in the advancement and application of scientific knowledge toward innovative solutions to the pressing challenges that confront communities, families, and individuals today. HDFS is situated in an accredited College of Publics Health and Human Services which provides a rich context for research and learning about health and well-being. 

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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Accredited Institute

The graduate marriage and family therapy education program is COAMFTE accredited and located in the School of Education and Graduate Studies. The academic program is located on campus at Converse College. A partnership exists between Converse College and WestGate Training and Consultation Networks Family Therapy Teaching Clinic. The Teaching Clinic does all graduate and postgraduate supervised clinical education and is fully accredited as a Postgraduate Institute in Marriage and Family Therapy Education by the COAMFTE. Students in the program provide approximately 9,000 supervised hours of clinical service to financially distressed individuals, couples, and families per year in the geographical area. Each academic and clinical faculty member practices marriage and family therapy and the specialty she or he teaches.

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

The Couple and Family Counseling/therapy Program program trains students for the degree of Masters in Couple and Family Counseling. The mission of the Department of Counselor Education (of which the Couple and Family Counseling is a part) is to select the most motivated applicants for its program and prepare them to become effective professionals in the field of counseling and human development. Counselor preparation combines three areas: 1) the knowledge base necessary to work in the field; 2) a variety of counseling skills; and 3) personal attributes. The successful student will learn how to use apply theory in practice with couples and families and prepares to work in a variety of settings. The Department of Counselor Education offers a 60 credit hour program (20 courses) leading to the Master of Arts in Family Counseling. The M.A. in Family Counseling program fulfills the educational requirements for the two levels of licensure as professional counselors in the State of Illinois: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Graduates of this program also meet the educational requirements of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Membership and the Marriage and Family Therapy license (LMFT) in the State of Illinois. The Family Counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).

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

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

The Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to provide students with a solid core of knowledge about marriage and family therapy and to train students to become professional marriage and family therapists. The curriculum includes at least 12 consecutive months (3 semesters/500 hours) of clinical internship. The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at University of Saint Joseph is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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La Salle's Marriage and Family Therapy program strives to prepare professionals with abilities and competencies requisite for the practice of marriage and family therapy. The curriculum emphasizes a conceptualization of the role of an individual in primary relationships, such as marriage and the family. Students are provided with course work and clinical experiences, which encourages them to examine the complex interplay of all forces (scientific, interpersonal, and spiritual) which coexist within and exert influence on an individual and on a family system. The goals are to prepare marriage and family therapists who will competently develop and implement comprehensive interventions, acquire a holistic perspective to health care, understand the complexity of addressing the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families, evaluate and treat mental and emotional disorders, and address a wide array of relationship issues that will best meet the needs of clients within the context of a family system.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Marriage and Family Therapy degree program is designed for master's level professional counselors who wish to pursue advanced study in marriage and family therapy. Based on their previous educational and supervised clinical experiences, students will be required to complete a minimum of 24 graduate credits in marriage and family therapy. Course work meets the educational requirements for licensure in marriage and family therapy in New Jersey.

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The family and child development major prepares students for careers serving families and children. The major also prepares students for graduate programs in the social sciences. Courses emphasize research-based knowledge about marriage, contemporary families and human development. Family and child development majors learn about families in society, internal family dynamics, human growth and development over the life span, human sexuality, interpersonal relationships, family resources management, parent education and guidance, family law and family policy, ethics, and family life education methodology.        

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
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The Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers two majors. One in Early Childhood Education and one in Human Development and Family Studies. The major in Human Development and Family Studies has concentrations in Child Life, Family Studies, and Adolescence and Youth. The Department also offers a minor in Addictions in Families. The concentration in family studies provides an understanding of the development of the family system and the dynamics of family relationships. It leads to certification as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations. This concentration prepares students to work in a variety of educational and enrichment programs such as parenting programs, family service agencies, industry, schools, social-service, churches, home economics, and 4-H extension. This concentration is also well suited for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy as well as other areas in family studies.

The Department offers a master's degree in human development and family studies with concentrations in Human Development and Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Parent and Family Life Education. The Parent and Family Life Education program leads to certification as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations. The Department also collaborates with the Department of Psychology to offer doctoral study in Developmental Science.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Accredited Institute

Our unique program, initiated in 1999, provides an interdisciplinary approach to learning contemporary marriage and family therapy. Students learn systemic marriage and family therapy models, art therapy practices, and interpersonal neurobiology approaches. Our art therapy classes are small and allow for individualized teaching, yet art therapy students belong to a larger cohort of MFT students as well, which provides opportunities for extensive networking and the professional support systems critical to success in the field. Students also benefit from exposure to many instructors allowing them to glimpse diverse practice styles and areas of specialization.

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