Please note: Admission is selective, and candidates are evaluated on their individual merits. Strong applications will demonstrate knowledge of the profession, experience that indicates an understanding of the strengths and challenges of being in the helping profession, and an appreciation of diversity.
Accepted students may petition to transfer up to 24 graduate credits from a regionally accredited institution. If you have an accredited Master of Divinity degree or other advanced theological degree, we may be able to waive up to 21 theology and elective credits required for the MACFT degree. These credits would be evaluated by the associate dean after admission acceptance. All work toward a degree from Seattle University must be completed within six years. This time limit includes transfer credit.
In the second year, students begin the clinical sequence. This 18-month internship provides experience and training in couples and family therapy. Students must accrue 500 clinical hours, including 200 relational hours (seeing couples, families, and a variety of relationship forms). Students will be at a clinical site 14-18 hours per week for face-to-face client contact, supervision, and other onsite clinical work. Students secured placements throughout the Puget Sound area.
In addition to the onsite experience, students participate in weekly three-hour faculty-led group supervision with an AAMFT approved supervisor. The program ensures supervisor sufficiency for students to receive quality feedback regarding their clinical services.
In order to demonstrate clinical readiness, students are required to pass prerequisite classes and must receive passing grades on their clinical skills rubrics. Required clinical orientations provide instruction and resources regarding site placement and clinical expectations (handbook provided). While some of our course offerings are during evenings and weekends, students will need to be available for classes and clinical work during some daytime hours.
Clinical students are required to become members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT, view here).
One of the many benefits of attending a COAMFTE accredited program is that it simplifies the post-graduation licensure application in many states. COAMFTE accredited program graduates meet the education requirements for Washington State licensure. In Washington, graduates can count the 500 clinical hours earned in the program towards the 3,000 hours required to become fully licensed. Washington State law requires that people practice therapy under appropriate supervision as part of their post-master’s training requirements in preparation for full licensure (LMFT, view here). Some of the supervision provided in the MACFT program counts towards this requirement.
In addition to the 3,000 hour supervised clinical experience, LMFTAs must pass the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) Exam. Students in the program take the AMFTRB practice exam as part of course requirements. Of the graduates who have taken the exam, 100% passed on the first attempt.
Requirements to achieve full licensure typically take two to four years to complete. Licensure laws vary by state. Please check the state in which you plan to be licensed to see if our educational requirements are a match. Comparison chart for state licensure available here.