Overview

The Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) program (San Diego) provides the academic, clinical and professional training necessary for graduates to be competent clinicians in a real-world setting. Informed by Christian values and systemic orientation, our goal is to develop clinicians to work with individuals, couples, families and other relational systems from diverse racial, national and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as other ideological and spiritual traditions. Additionally, this training helps clinicians develop multicultural competence and integrate research into practice, and if desired, prepare to pursue a doctoral education. The Marital and Family Therapy master’s program at Bethel Seminary San Diego is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and it meets the educational requirements for MFT licensure with the California Board of Behavioral Science. For more details on COAMFTE, review the Accreditation section for this program.

This 67-credit Marital and Family Therapy program is designed to be completed in a minimum of three years for full-time study or four years for part-time study. Courses are held Monday through Thursday evenings to accommodate working adults. Clinical training consists of a minimum of twelve months of practicum experience. Students are expected to accrue at least 500 hours of face-to-face client contact, 200 of which must be relational. Students will receive at least 100 hours of supervision. All instructors and supervisors are experienced therapists who engage in clinical work. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (C average), and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (B average) in their required marital and family therapy courses are required to graduate with the M.A.M.F.T. degree.

The goals of the program are as follows:

  1. Knowledge: Develop a relational and systemic orientation that supports students’ identity as marriage and family therapists.
  2. Practice: Prepare students to meet academic and practical requirements for MFT licensure in the state of California.
  3. Diversity: Equip students with intercultural competence necessary to contextualize clinical theory and therapeutic approaches for diverse client populations and marginalized groups.
  4. Research: Prepare students who demonstrate familiarity with scholarly research and critical thinking competencies, to intentionally integrate systemic theoretical formulations, biblical & theological convictions, personal experience and clinical practice.
  5. Ethics: Produce ethical clinicians who demonstrate the skills to provide ethical and efficacious relationally-oriented MFT services to individuals, couples, families and groups.
  6. Self-Awareness of the Therapist: Prepare students who will demonstrate knowledge of self through engaging in thoughtful family-of-origin, biblical and theological reflection.

Campus and Delivery

San Diego: Face to Face

Accreditation

Since May 14, 2009, the Marital and Family Therapy master’s program at Bethel Seminary San Diego has been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).  COAMFTE is not currently recognized by the United States Department of Education.

COAMFTE
112 S. Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.838.9808
coa@aamft.org

For more resources for students visit: http://www.coamfte.org/imis15/COAMFTE/Accreditation/For_Students.aspx

Coursework meets all the academic requirements for licensure as a marital and family therapist in California as well as most of the requirements in many other states. Following graduation, additional supervised clinical practice and passing two licensing exam(s) (in California) are required for licensure.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy - San Diego

Face to Face

Core Requirements
BT 508The Bible and the Interpreter1.5
HS 640Christian Lives and Spirituality in History1.5
NT 508Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story1.5
OT 508Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story1.5
TS 516Christian Social Ethics3
TS 520Theology & Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3
Degree Specific Requirements 1
MF 625Theories and Best Practices of Marital and Family Therapy I3
MF 626Theories and Best Practices of Marital and Family Therapy II3
MF 627Research Design and Evaluation3
MF 629Community Mental Health3
MF 633Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families3
MF 635Individual Development, Aging, Family Life Cycle3
MF 644Counseling Couples in Relationship3
MF 645Psychological Assessment3
MF 646Individual and Family Psychopathology3
MF 662Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3
MF 675Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3
MH 627Group Psychotherapy3
MH 645Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3
MH 655Chemical Dependency, Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders3
MH 656Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
MF 715Supervised Clinical Experience I3
MF 716Supervised Clinical Experience II3
MF 717Supervised Clinical Experience III3
MF 785Marital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar1
Other Requirements
GS 001Graduate Research Seminar0
SP 002Formation Assessments0
Total Credits67

A minimum of 67 semester credits is required for graduation.  The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements.

Academic Plans

The academic plans listed below serve as examples of what an academic plan for completing the Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy could look like and should not be considered the final authority for determining when to take courses. Since paths toward completion may change due to course availability, courses and corresponding terms may vary from the examples below. Spring start academic plans are available through contacting the Bethel Seminary San Diego Registrar's Office.

3 Year Completion

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Principles of CounselingBT 508 The Bible and the Interpreter1.5MF 644 Counseling Couples in Relationship3
MF 625 Theories and Best Practices of Marital and Family Therapy I3HS 640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History1.5TS 516 Christian Social Ethics3
MF 627 Research Design and Evaluation3MF 626 Theories and Best Practices of Marital and Family Therapy II3MH 656 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
SP 002 Formation Assessments0MF 635 Individual Development, Aging, Family Life Cycle3 
 MH 655 Chemical Dependency, Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders3 
 6 12 9
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF 646 Individual and Family Psychopathology3MF 675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3MF 715 Supervised Clinical Experience I3
MF 633 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families3MF 662 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3MF 629 Community Mental Health3
NT 508 Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story1.5MF 645 Psychological Assessment3Apply to Graduate
OT 508 Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story1.5  
 9 9 6
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
MF 716 Supervised Clinical Experience II3MF 717 Supervised Clinical Experience III3 
MH 627 Group Psychotherapy3MF 785 Marital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar1 
TS 520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3MH 645 Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3 
 9 7 
Total Credits 67

4 Year Completion

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Principles of CounselingMF 635 Individual Development, Aging, Family Life Cycle3MF 644 Counseling Couples in Relationship3
MF 625 Theories and Best Practices of Marital and Family Therapy I3BT 508 The Bible and the Interpreter1.5MH 656 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
SP 002 Formation Assessments0HS 640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History1.5 
 3 6 6
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF 627 Research Design and Evaluation3MF 626 Theories and Best Practices of Marital and Family Therapy II3TS 516 Christian Social Ethics3
MF 646 Individual and Family Psychopathology3MH 655 Chemical Dependency, Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders3 
TS 520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3MH 645 Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3 
 9 9 3
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MH 627 Group Psychotherapy3MF 675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3MF 715 Supervised Clinical Experience I3
MF 633 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families3MF 662 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3MF 629 Community Mental Health3
 MF 645 Psychological Assessment3 
 6 9 6
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
NT 508 Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story1.5MF 717 Supervised Clinical Experience III3 
OT 508 Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story1.5MF 785 Marital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar1 
MF 716 Supervised Clinical Experience II3  
 6 4 
Total Credits 67