The Couples/ Marriage and Family Therapy program prepares multiculturally informed and ethically competent marriage and family therapists. The Public Health Service Act recognizes Marriage and Family Therapy as a core mental health profession under the Health Professional Shortage Area and the National Health Service Corp programs administered by the Health Resources Services Administration.
Marriage and family therapy is one of the core mental health disciplines and is based on the research and theory that mental illness and family problems are best treated in a family context. The program is committed to outcomes that bring awareness to the five faces of oppression that often accompany the presenting issues of marginalized populations: exploitation, marginalization, minimization, cultural imperialism and violence. Learners are equipped with assessment and intervention skills for effecting change with individuals, couples, families and children.
Recognizing the institutionalized pain that exists both inside and outside a couple/ family system is paramount to effective assessment and treatment. Learners will have the option of choosing from four concentrations:
- Therapy with African American/Black Couples, Families and Children
- Therapy with Latinx Couples, Families and Children
- Therapy with LGBTQIA Couples, Families and Children
- Medical Family Therapy with Couples, Families and Children
The MA in Couples/Marriage and Family Therapy program at Fielding cultivates the nobler instincts for understanding couples, families and children across multiple identities and contexts.
The program of study is designed to align with the standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and generally meets state licensure requirements. Students are encouraged to check the MFT Licensure requirements in the states they intend to practice through the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (amftrb.org).
Please note that a pathway to dual licensure (LMFT and LCMHC or LPCC or LPC) may be available in some states. Students may work with program directors for this program and our Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA to design a unique program of study that can meet credentialing requirements for practicing marriage and family therapy and professional counseling as a way of increasing employability in the mental health care market.