Marriage and Family Therapy Emphasis
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CCU's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). It has been reviewed against professionally approved standards, resulting in a streamlined licensure application process.

M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Marriage and Family Therapy Emphasis

CCU's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy addresses the growing demand for compassionate professionals who can provide biblically-informed prevention, intervention, and healing for distressed families, couples, and individuals. The Marriage and Family Therapy program offers an in-depth understanding of interpersonal relationships, human behavior, social influence, mental and emotional issues or disorders, conflict resolution, and most importantly, family dynamics.

Taught by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs), the coursework equips you with an excellent academic and training foundation that prepares you for licensure as an LMFT in a clinical environment. You will learn to provide therapeutic services from a systemic and relational perspective, and to address any relationships that intersect with marriage and family issues. This program integrates the whole family or surrounding relationships as part of the counseling process.

Employment of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists is projected to grow 23% from 2016-2026.*

The Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis unites biblical truth and clinical competence, drawing on an approach that balances theological beliefs about relationships with the growing scientific knowledge and theories available. You will be trained to draw from systemic, relational, and biblical frameworks. You will be challenged to think and practice as a marriage and family therapist (MFT) and will be supported in examining and deepening your spirituality and its relation to your clinical practice.

Students who enroll in this master's degree program should intentionally seek to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs).


Curriculum

The Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis core coursework covers topics such as contemporary couple relationships, social and cultural foundations for marriage and family, couples and sex therapy, research and evaluation methods, and ethical practice guidelines.

Residency Requirement

If you enroll in the online cohort for the core M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, you will be required to attend a five-day on-campus residency held each summer of the program. You will attend a total of three residencies during your matriculation in the online marriage and family therapy counseling program.

Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis, you will be prepared to begin the process of seeking licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). The program meets the education requirements for licensure in Colorado as well as 48 other states. The LMFT emphasis is aligned with COAMFTE and CACREP standards and is designed for licensure through the CCE Equivalency Review process adopted by the LMFT-Licensing Board. 

Licensure requirements vary from state to state, and students are responsible for knowing the requirements of the state in which they seek licensure, including Colorado, and to review the state requirements above and beyond academic achievement and testing. Some states may allow graduates to seek licensure as both a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Career Outlook for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

Marriage and family therapy (MFT) has been designated by the federal government as a core mental health profession, along with psychiatry, psychology, social work, and psychiatric nursing. A driving force behind the increased demand for LMFTs is the increasing integration of mental and physical health.

A typical entry-level position for a new, unlicensed graduate is often as a "mobile therapist" or "family-based therapist" within an agency. These positions work in a team format and visit the homes of client families where therapy is given in a variety of ways.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) are employed in a wide variety of settings, including social services agencies, churches, addiction treatment centers, medical centers, legal and correctional systems, and any environment where families or married couples are affected. Many LMFTs also pursue private practice. 

Employment of marriage and family therapists is projected to grow 23% from 2016-2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.*

* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook


Professional Licensure Disclosure

Colorado Christian University offers several academic programs which lead to professional licensure in the state of Colorado and, in some programs, prepare students for a national exam. All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession. Some states require specific educational requirements, clinical requirements, accreditation requirements, or exam requirements. See professional licensure disclosures for details.

State Exclusions for Online Students

The School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with the exception of the following program-specific state exclusions:

  • CAGS does not offer Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling courses (degree or emphases) to online students who reside in Delaware. In addition, CCU does not offer the Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to online students who reside in Mississippi.

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