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.

Accreditation

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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Core Faculty and Supervisors

Megan Murphy

Megan J. Murphy, PhD, LMFT

Professor and Director, Marriage & Family Therapy Program


megan.murphy@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2101

Hammond, IBCC 1030

Christopher Belous

Christopher K. Belous, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Center


ckb@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2938

Hammond, IBCC 1028

Kevin Hynes

Kevin C. Hynes, PhD, LMFT

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy


hynesk@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2587

Hammond, IBCC 1034

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Jerome Bercik, MSW, LMFT

Limited Term Lecturer


Anne Edwards

Anne B. Edwards, Ph.D., CFLE

Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies Coordinator


abedward@pnw.edu

(219) 989 - 8439

Hammond, Porter Building, room 211D

David Nalbone

David P. Nalbone

Professor of Psychology


dnalbone@purdue.edu

(219) 989-2712

Hammond, Porter 218B

Staff Members

Joyce Ivey

Administrative Assistant, Marriage & Family Therapy Graduate Program


Portability of the Degree

Our COAMFTE-accredited program is based on licensure regulations for marriage and family therapists in the state of Indiana, which are:

Education

Applicants for a marriage and family therapist license or marriage and family therapist associate license must have received a master’s or doctor’s degree in an area of marriage and family therapy, or in a related area as determined by the board, from an eligible postsecondary educational institution that meets the requirements of the board.

An applicant for a marriage and family therapist license or marriage and family therapist associate license must complete the following:

  • Complete twenty-seven (27) semester hours or forty-one (41) quarter hours of graduate course work in that must include graduate level course credits with material in at least the following content areas:
    • Theoretical foundations of marriage and family therapy.
    • Major models of marriage and family therapy.
    • Individual development.
    • Family development and family relationships.
    • Clinical problems.
    • Collaboration with other disciplines.
    • Sexuality.
    • Gender and sexual orientation.
    • Issues of ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, and culture.
    • Therapy techniques.
    • Behavioral research that focuses on the interpretation and application of research data as it applies to clinical practice.
  • Not less than one graduate level course of two semester hours or three quarter hours in the following areas:
    • Legal, ethical, and professional standards issues in the practice of marriage and family therapy or an equivalent course approved by the board.
    • Appraisal and assessment for individual or interpersonal disorder or dysfunction.

Applicants must submit an official transcript, sent directly to the board from the college or university, from which you obtained the degree, showing that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred. Transcripts must be original, official transcripts sent directly to the board from the university. Copies of transcripts, transcripts issued to applicants, or incomplete (not yet showing your degree has been granted) transcripts are not acceptable.

Course Information & Curriculum

Courses in the marriage 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 67 credits.

Foundations of Relational/Systemic Practices, Theories and Models

  • CDFS 66500 Transgenerational and Specialized Family Therapies (3 credits)
  • CDFS 66300 Structural and Strategic Family Therapies (3 credits)
  • CDFS 65700 Social Constructionist Family Therapies (3 credits)
  • CDFS 66000 Family Therapy Skills (3 credits)

Clinical Treatment with Individuals, Couples and Families

  • CDFS 64500 Couple and Sex Therapy (3 credits)
  • CDFS 64300 Children in Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CDFS 64100 Trauma and Recovery in Family Therapy (3 credits)

Diverse, Multicultural and/or Underserved Communities

  • CDFS 64700 Diversity and Social Justice in Family Therapy (3 credits)

Research and Evaluation

  • CDFS 64800 Applied Multivariate Analysis (3 credits)
  • CDFS 61500 Research Methods in Child and Family Study (4 credits)
  • CDFS 69800 Research MS Thesis (6 credits)

Professional Identity, Law, Ethics and Social Responsibility

  • CDFS 68000 Professional Issues for Child and Family Specialists (3 credits)

Biopsychosocial Health & Development Across the Life Span

  • CDFS 60100 Advanced Child Development (3 credits)

Systemic/Relational Assessment and Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment

  • CDFS 68100 Psychopathology and Behavior Disorders for Family Service Professionals (3 credits)

Contemporary Issues

  • CDFS 64600 Contemporary Issues in Family Therapy (3 credits)

Community Intersections & Collaboration

CDFS 66900 Practicum in Family Therapy (3 credits per semester for 6 semesters, 18 total)