The Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy (MACFT) prepares effective couples and family therapists who can integrate faith or spirituality at the clients’ request. Students are trained to assess, diagnose, consult, and treat under the guidance of licensed clinicians who are state approved or AAMFT approved supervisors. While learning about clients’ diverse faith traditions, students engage in self-of-the-therapist exploration and spiritual formation in order to better understand themselves as holistic beings. Graduates are prepared to clinically heal and empower diverse relationships and individuals across faith traditions and cultural locations.
The School of Theology and Ministry’s Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy (MACFT) program focuses on systemic and relational therapy. Couples & Family Therapy (CFT) programs are different from other mental health programs that emphasize individual functioning. CFTs treat individual clients, but the theories and interventions are much different from other fields of mental health/individual counseling – CFTs privilege context, relational dynamics, emotional connections, and the influence of generational patterns. Ideal applicants will have an understanding of what is unique to CFT and will articulate their desire to be in a CFT program specifically in their application.
Our students are identified as spiritual, religious, or as having no faith background. Our clinicians-in-training integrate client faith traditions in clinical practice upon the clients’ request. They support their clients’ search for meaning or quest with life’s ultimate mysteries.
Students graduate equipped to be couples and family therapists in both traditional and innovative therapy settings. Graduates work in community agencies, private practice, school settings, and other clinical realms. or in an broad array of professional applications (e.g., educators, consultants, coaches). They contribute to the field of couples and family therapy by seeing clients, joining professional organizations; American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT), volunteering in the community, and advocating for justice.
In our clinical sequence, students treat couples, families, individuals, and groups with a variety of relationship issues and mental health diagnoses. Interns are trained to assess, diagnose, consult, and treat under the guidance of state or AAMFT approved licensed supervisors. Our students understand and adhere to the AAMFT's Code of Ethics.
Students take a year of classes before they start the 18 month clinical sequence. Our site supervisors report that interns are well prepared to see clients. The supervisors indicate that having a year and a half to complete the required number of clinical and supervision hours benefits clients and students. Interns are able to see brief and long term clients, developing a range of skills they will utilize after graduation. Throughout the clinical sequence - from finding a site to completing hours – interns work with our clinical coordinator. For the past three years, 100% of interns completed their requirements within the required six quarters.
Our Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accredited program is unique in its dedication to systemic clinical practice, social justice, and insight from ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Our students deepen their own self-awareness as they come to understand their role within the helping profession.
Benefits of attending a COAMFTE accredited program are that our graduates meet Washington State’s educational requirements for license marriage and family therapy associate (LMFTA). Graduates can count 500 clinical hours and 100 supervision hours from their clinical experience towards full licensure.
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The MACFT program has a cohort model. Classes are taught during the day and on weekends. Many students work part-time throughout the program.
Our established program goals and student learning outcomes are assessed annually in order to offer a robust graduate education experience.
COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data (SAC) provides graduation, job-placement, and national-exam pass rates. Click below to download the MACFT data PDF.
STM_COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data
For more information on COAMFTE's Version 12 Accreditation Standards and SAC, please click here.
Integrating systems and psychological theories, supervised clinical experience, multifaith insight, and spiritual formation to clinically heal and empower diverse relationships and individuals across faith traditions and cultural locations.
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