School of Theology and Ministry
MA in Relationship and Pastoral Therapy

Degree Requirements

  • A Couples & Family Therapy Program

     

    * All credits are quarter credits

    ** Years average is based on FT at 3 classes per quarter
     
    *** If you have an advanced degree in theology, please talk with your advisor or the admissions coordinator about waiving the theological courses. 

    Program Timeline

    In addition to taking 12 credits of theological credits* and at least 2 credits of electives, students take these required clinical courses. These classes align with core competencies of the marriage, couple, and family therapy profession. The classes are designed to meet educational requirements for becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Washington.

    Course (3 credits unless otherwise listed) Instructor(s)
    STMC 5220 Relationship and Pastoral Therapy: Identity and Ethics Co-taught by two LMFTs. One is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and the other is a Supervisor Candidate.
    STMM 5530 Pastoral Care Skills Co-taught by Clinicians
    STMC 5510 Advanced Pastoral Care Skills LMFT/AAMFT Approved Supervisor
    STMM 5520 Family Systems in Ministry LMFT/AAMFT Supervisor Candidate
    STMC 5530 Integrating Systemic and Spiritual Approaches into Couples Therapy LMFT/AAMFT Approved Supervisor
    STMC 5210 Relationship and Pastoral Therapy in a Multicultural Context LMFT/AAMFT Supervisor Candidate
    STMC 5720 Assessment and Diagnosis LMFT/AAMFT Approved Supervisor
    STMC 5520 Counseling Theory and Technique Licensed Clinician
    STMA 5610 Psycho-Spiritual Development Licensed Clinician
    STMC 5540 Group Theory and Techniques LMFT/AAMFT Approved Supervisor
    STMC 5710 Psychopathology LMFT/AAMFT Supervisor Candidate
    STMC 5160 Historical and Contemporary Theories of Care TBD
    STMC 5700 Systemic Treatment of Addictions and Abuse Clinician with Certification in Chemical Dependency Treatment
    STMC 5230 Professional Ethics and Law (1 credit) LMFT/AAMFT Supervisor Candidate
    STMM 5680 Research Methods LMFT/AAMFT Supervisor Candidate
    STMC 5960 Research Seminar (1 credit) LMFT/AAMFT Supervisor Candidate
    STMM 5470 Christian Sexuality Co-taught by Clinicians
    STMC 5740 Psychopharmacology (1 credit) Medical Doctor
    STMC 5610 Career and Prof Development (1 credit) LMFT/AAMFT Supervisor Candidate
    STMC 5550 Clinical I (2 sections) 2 Sections: State-Approved Supervisor & AAMFT Supervisor Candidate
    STMC 5560 Clinical II (2 sections) 2 Sections: AAMFT Approved Supervisor & State-Approved Supervisor
    STMC 5570 Clinical III (2 sections) AAMFT Approved Supervisor & State-Approved Supervisor
    STMC 5580 Clinical IV (2 sections) 2 Sections: AAMFT Supervisor Candidate & State-Approved Supervisor
    STMC 5590 Clinical Integration I (1 section) AAMFT Supervisor Candidate
    STMC 5600 Clinical Integration II (1 section) AAMFT Approved Supervisor

     

    Here is a breakdown of all the required courses:

    I. Theological Foundations

    Twelve credits

    • STMM 5000 - Christian Anthropology (3) or STMA 575 - Images of the Sacred (3)
    • STMM 5260 - Hebrew Scriptures (3)
    • STMM 5270 - Christian Scriptures (3)
    • STMM 5610 - Contemporary Christian Spirituality and Prayer (3) or STML 570 - Spiritual Discernment and Decision Making or Elective in Spirituality (3) 

    II. Clinical Theory

    Thirty credits

    • STMM 5530 - Pastoral Care Skills (3)
    • STMA 5610 - Psycho-Spiritual Development (3)
    • STMM 5520 - Family Systems in Ministry (3)
    • STMC 5510 - Advanced Relationship and Pastoral Therapy Skills (3)
    • STMC 5520 - Counseling Theory and Techniques (3)
    • STMC 5530 - Integrating Systemic and Spiritual Approaches to Couples Therapy (3)
    • STMC 5540 - Group Theory and Techniques (3)
    • STMC 5700 - Systemic Treatment of Addiction and Abuse (3)
    • STMC 5710 - Psychopathology (3)
    • STMC 5720 - Assessment and Diagnosis (3)

    III. Clinical Integration

    Thirty-nine credits

    • STMM 5680 - Research Methods (3)
    • STMC 5690 - Research Seminar (1)
    • STMM 5470 - Christian Sexuality (3)
    • STMC 5160 - Historical and Contemporary Theories of Care (3)
    • STMC 5210 - Relationship and Pastoral Therapy in a Multicultural Context (3)
    • STMC 5220 - Relationship and Pastoral Therapy: Identity and Ethics (3)
    • STMC 5230 - Professional Ethics and Law (1)
    • STMC 5610 - Career and Professional Development (1)
    • STMC 5740 - Psychopharmacology (1)
    • STMC 5550 - Clinical I (3)
    • STMC 5560 - Clinical II (3)
    • STMC 5570 - Clinical III (3)
    • STMC 5580 - Clinical IV (3)
    • STMC 5590 - Integration Clinical I (3)
    • STMC 5600 - Integration Clinical II (3)
    • STM Elective Required (2 or 3)

    MINIMUM CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE .................. 81