PNW’s Couple and Family Therapy Program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education since 1994.

Student Achievement Criteria (SAC) Data Disclosure

We have identified program goals that align with our program mission.*

*This program is in the process of changing its name from Marriage and Family Therapy to Couple and Family Therapy. You may see references to either name as we make this transition.


The mission of the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Purdue University Northwest is to prepare students to provide ethical, research-informed, culturally competent relational mental health services to a diverse range of clients. The program trains students to accomplish this mission by embracing a scholar and practitioner model of systemic family therapy training that is informed by the land grant mission of learning, discovery, and engagement.

Program Goals

Program Goal 1: Diversity
Students will demonstrate cultural competence in their work with diverse clients.

Program Goal 2: Knowledge
Students will demonstrate understanding of a wide range of systemic/relational theories and treatment techniques.

Program Goal 3: Research
Students will demonstrate an understanding of research in the field of family therapy.

Program Goal 4: Ethics
Students will demonstrate an understanding and application of ethics in their clinical work.

Program Goal 5: Practice
Students will demonstrate competency in their clinical work as family therapists.

Program Goal 6: Professionalism and Self-of-Therapist
Students will demonstrate knowledge of self and the ability to be professional in their work with others.

Program Goal 7: Student Achievement
Graduates will demonstrate adequate student achievements associated with the program.

Program Diversity Statement

The Couple and Family Therapy Program at Purdue University Northwest is committed to the promotion of diversity among all human beings.

This is more than a statement, but our foundational principle is that not only are all individuals entitled to love, understanding, and equal rights, but that family therapists must learn to understand and support individuals whose sex, gender identity and expression, age, race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, marital status, parental status, religion, spirituality, disability, health status, political beliefs, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, immigration status, or language might be different than their own.

Further, our experience and commitment to this principle has shown that diversity cannot be achieved solely through the reading of textbooks, but must be accomplished through one-on-one discussions between diverse individuals. This is not always easy, but it is a process that bears the most fruit.

To ensure that students receive strong training in diversity, the faculty are committed to discussing diversity issues in all courses, providing readings that address diversity issues, providing a practicum experience in which students are exposed to a diverse client population, including discussion of diversity in clinical supervision, and developing a diverse faculty and student body. We expect students to adhere to our diversity standards and be able to work with all clients whom they may encounter in their clinical training while in the program.

We view clients as being the most vulnerable group in the therapeutic system; therefore, our first consideration is protecting clients and their right to receive non-discriminatory services. The client’s right to these non-discriminatory services supersedes students’ rights not to treat clients for any discriminatory reason. If our statement on diversity conflicts with a student’s or prospective student’s beliefs, we advise that student or prospective student to seek training at another program.

Our commitment to the promotion of diversity is also consistent with the AAMFT’s (2015) Ethical Standard 1: Responsibility to Clients—in particular, Standard 1.1, Nondiscrimination, which provides: “Marriage and family therapists provide professional assistance to persons without discrimination on the basis of race, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, health status, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status.”

Accordingly, the Couple and Family Therapy program at Purdue University Northwest does not condone and will not tolerate any form of discrimination which conflicts with this statement and/or our commitment to the promotion of diversity within the program.