Announcing Dr. Christie Eppler, LMFT as Program Director

Written by SA-Worker18 student
May 21, 2015

Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry is pleased to announce that Dr. Christie Eppler, LMFT, is transitioning from her role as Interim Program Director to full Program Director of the school?s Master of Arts in Relationship & Pastoral Therapy, a couples and family therapy program.

Dr. Eppler has been a core faculty member in the program for six years and served as the program?s interim director for the past year. During her time as interim director, the program was approved for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)?a testament to the program?s strength and its alignment to marriage and family therapy principles and core competencies. Dr. Eppler is an AAMFT-approved supervisor, is continually seeking new opportunities for research and active participation in the field, and has presented works on the intersection of spirituality, resiliency, and narrative family therapy. The MA in Relationship & Pastoral Therapy prepares effective, competent couples and family therapists in order to clinically heal and empower diverse families, individuals, and groups from any faith and culture.

Dr. Eppler?s students appreciate her leadership as a scholar and educator. In addition to serving as a role model and providing support to their ambitions and learning. Her passion for integrating the lived experience of spirituality with systems theory shows in every interaction with students. Dr. Eppler?s creative and didactic teaching style keeps students engaged and supports their growth into clinicians who can provide competent, effective, ethical, and compassionate therapy to diverse clients.?

Dr. Eppler comments: ?I am excited to be the program director of a unique and innovative program. The MA in Relationship & Pastoral Therapy benefits from multiple perspectives: the voices of our creative students, the input of couples and family therapy core competencies and ethical codes, the energy of our faculty, and our location in a social justice-focused Jesuit institution. I am blessed to work alongside a great team. I believe that we are called to tell a therapeutic story of hope that integrates many of our loves: care, compassion, courage, theology, spiritualty, and service.?

Learn more about the MA in Relationship & Pastoral Therapy, here.