Overview

The Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy 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 & socioeconomic backgrounds as well as other ideological & 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 program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and meets the educational requirements for MFT licensure with the California Board of Behavioral Science.

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 from Monday to 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.MFT degree

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). For more details on COAMFTE, review the Accreditation section for this program.

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 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 is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy 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.aspxFor the most up to date Student Achievement Criteria Data please visit: https://www.bethel.edu/seminary/academics/marital-family-therapy/coamfte-criteria.pdf

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

Prerequisite for those without an undergraduate/graduate course in Counseling Theory and Techniques: MF500 (credits do not apply toward the M.A.MFT.

Core Requirements
BT508The Bible and the Interpreter1.5
HS640Christian Lives and Spirituality in History1.5
NT508Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story1.5
OT508Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story1.5
TS516Christian Social Ethics3
TS520Theology & Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3
Degree Specific Requirements
MF625Theories and Best Practices of Marital and Family Therapy I3
MF626Theories and Best Practices of Marital and Family Therapy II3
MF627Research Design and Evaluation3
MF629Community Mental Health3
MF633Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families3
MF635Individual Development, Family Life Cycle, and Aging3
MF644Counseling Couples in Relationship3
MF645Psychological Assessment3
MF646Individual and Family Psychopathology3
MF662Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3
MF675Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3
MH627Group Psychotherapy3
MH645Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3
MH655Chemical Dependency,Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders3
MH656Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
MF715Supervised Clinical Experience I3
MF716Supervised Clinical Experience II3
MF717Supervised Clinical Experience III3
MF785Marital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar1
Other Requirements
GS001Graduate Research Seminar0
SP002Formation 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 CounselingBT508 The Bible and the Interpreter1.5MF644 Counseling Couples in Relationship3
MF625 Theories and Best Practices of Marital and Family Therapy I3HS640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History1.5TS516 Christian Social Ethics3
MF627 Research Design and Evaluation3MF626 Theories and Best Practices of Marital and Family Therapy II3MH656 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
SP002 Formation Assessments0MF635 Individual Development, Family Life Cycle, and Aging3 
 MH655 Chemical Dependency,Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders3 
 6 12 9
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF646 Individual and Family Psychopathology3MF675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3MF715 Supervised Clinical Experience I3
MF633 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families3MF662 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3MF629 Community Mental Health3
NT508 Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story1.5MF645 Psychological Assessment3Apply to Graduate
OT508 Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story1.5  
 9 9 6
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
MF716 Supervised Clinical Experience II3MF717 Supervised Clinical Experience III3 
MH627 Group Psychotherapy3MF785 Marital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar1 
TS520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3MH645 Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3 
 9 7 
Total Credits: 67
1

MF500 is a prerequisite for those without an undergraduate/graduate introductory course in counseling/psychotherapy theory and techniques; credits do not apply toward the M.A.M.F.T

4 Year Completion

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Principles of CounselingMF635 Individual Development, Family Life Cycle, and Aging3MF644 Counseling Couples in Relationship3
MF625 Theories and Best Practices of Marital and Family Therapy I3BT508 The Bible and the Interpreter1.5MH656 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
SP002 Formation Assessments0HS640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History1.5 
 3 6 6
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF627 Research Design and Evaluation3MF626 Theories and Best Practices of Marital and Family Therapy II3TS516 Christian Social Ethics3
MF646 Individual and Family Psychopathology3MH655 Chemical Dependency,Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders3 
TS520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3MH645 Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3 
 9 9 3
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MH627 Group Psychotherapy3MF675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3MF715 Supervised Clinical Experience I3
MF633 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families3MF662 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3MF629 Community Mental Health3
 MF645 Psychological Assessment3 
 6 9 6
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
NT508 Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story1.5MF717 Supervised Clinical Experience III3 
OT508 Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story1.5MF785 Marital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar1 
MF716 Supervised Clinical Experience II3  
 6 4 
Total Credits: 67
1

MF500 is a prerequisite for those without an undergraduate/graduate introductory course in counseling/psychotherapy theory and techniques; credits do not apply toward the M.A.M.F.T