About Us

We prepare students to provide ethical, research-informed, culturally competent relational mental health services to a diverse array of clients.

We embrace a scholar/practitioner model of systemic family therapy training. Our program is a 2.5-year program, with a maximum completion time of five years.


We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Our current period of accreditation is from 11/1/2017 to 11/1/2024. We have been accredited since 1994.

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Faculty and Staff Directory

Christopher Belous

Christopher K. Belous, Ph.D.

Director, Couple & Family Therapy


(219) 989-2938

Hammond, IBCC 1028

Mialauni “Mia” Griggs-Holke

Mialauni T. Griggs-Holke, M.S.

Assistant Professor, Couple and Family Therapy


(219) 989-2101

Hammond – IBCC 1030

Martha Espitia

Martha Espitia-Ruiz

Administrative Assistant, Couple and Family Therapy


(219) 989-2027

Course Information and Curriculum

Courses in the couple and family therapy concentration are designed to comply with COAMFTE requirements, requirements for content set forth by the Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board which oversees the licensure of marriage and family therapists in the state of Indiana, as well as prepare students to take the National MFT Licensure Exam. The program is a total of 60 credits without a thesis, and 63 credits with a thesis.

  • CFT 60000          Basic Systemic Therapy Skills (3 credits)
  • CFT 61000          Classic Theories in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 66000          Contemporary Theories in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 65500          Couple Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 65000          Sexuality and Sex Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 64500          Treating Trauma with Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 64000          Diversity and Social Justice in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 69500          Introduction to Research and Writing in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 69600          Research Methods in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 69700          Research Analysis in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 69800          Research MS Thesis in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits) *Optional – This is the Thesis / Defense Course
  • CFT 63000          Ethics and Professional Issues in Couple and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 63500          Theories of Human and Family Development (3 credits)
  • CFT 62000          Diagnosis and Assessment in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 59000         Special Problems in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits) Optional/Offered as Needed
  • CFT 67000         Topical Issues in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 67500         Practicum in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits for 6 semesters, 18 total)

Program Advisory Board

In the fall of 2023, the Program realized a need to get a varied set of opinions from many communities of interest – specifically, a formal mechanism by which they can get feedback from offsite supervisors and community partners, foundational experts of the field, alumni, and administrators. To meet this need, we developed the PNW CFT Program Advisory Board – initially comprised of approximately 10 members. In the list below, you’ll find members of the board who have dedicated and donated their time to further the advancement and interests of our program.

Tyler Goldsberry, MS, ALMFT

Alumni Member, Entering Class of 2020

Tyler is an alumnus of the PNW CFT program currently providing therapy privately in Chicago.


Phyllis Gyamfi, MS, LCMFT

Alumni Member, Entering Class of 2018

Phyllis is a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist in Maryland. Phyllis provides talk therapy for couples, adults, and families.


Joseph L Wetchler, PhD

PNW CFT Program Founding Director

Dr. Wetchler is Professor Emeritus in the CFT Program. He is a former Director and Founder of the Program.


Amanda Zelechoski, JD, PhD

Administrative Representative / Mental Health Collaborative Colleague

Dr. Amanda Zelechoski is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and attorney, specializing in trauma. She serves as Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Purdue University Northwest.