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Marriage and Family Therapy

Master of Science , Child Development and Family Studies

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Program Intro

The Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program at PNW trains you to provide mental health services to clients by embracing a scholar/practitioner model of systemic family therapy training. Our curriculum and experiences are informed by the university’s land grant mission of learning, discovery, and engagement.

Marriage and Family Program

The Marriage and Family Therapy program prepares you to provide ethical, research-informed and culturally competent relational mental health services to a diverse range of clients.

Curriculum Overview

Our scholar/practitioner model of systemic family therapy training provides a strong foundation for your career. Our program includes 67 credits of required courses, 500 hours of face-to-face contact with clients, 100 hours of supervision and a completed written thesis and oral defense of thesis.

Build a foundation with first-year courses.

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Sample Courses

  • CDFS 60100 – Advanced Child Development
  • CDFS 61500 – Research Methods In Child And Family Study

 

Grow your skills with the second year.

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Sample Courses

  • CDFS 66300 – Structural And Strategic Family Therapies
  • CDFS 64100 – Trauma And Recovery In Family Therapy

Program Requirements

Special admission requirements:

  • 1000-word autobiographical statement demonstrating your preparation for the program
  • Combined verbal and math Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 300, writing score of 4

Highlights

The Marriage and Family Therapy degree is an accredited path toward a career in mental health services. Our program is strongly committed to the promotion of diversity among all human beings.

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Outcomes

Graduates of this program are ready to help change clients’ lives for the better by providing relational mental health services.

Scholarships

AAMFT SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program

 

Beyond the Classroom

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • National Council on Family Relations

Career Paths

Graduates most often:

  • apply to doctoral programs;
  • practice therapy in mental health agencies; and/or
  • engage in private practice.

 

Accreditation

The Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Licensure

This training program meets the educational requirements for licensure for marriage and family therapy in the states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas and Texas.

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The classes are challenging, and I find myself engaged in every discussion. I connect on so many levels with everyone in my cohort who are all truly amazing people. I can’t wait to watch us all grow in this program together.

Lexie Unhjem
Marriage & Family Therapy student
From Crosby, North Dakota

Choosing to go to PNW was a no-brainer. Everyone is so welcoming and supportive, and the small cohort size allows everyone to have a voice. Our professors are incredibly supportive and encouraging of our development every step of the way.

Crystal Niemeyer
Marriage & Family Therapy student
From Mokena, Illinois

Our program perfectly balances challenge with support. While we spend a lot of time on research, theory, and practice, we also spend time learning about ourselves and what we bring to the therapy room.

Gabriella Boeger
Marriage & Family Therapy student
From Overland Park, Kansas

Meet the Faculty

Megan Murphy

Megan J. Murphy, Ph.D., LMFT

Professor and Director, Marriage & Family Therapy Program

Dr. Murphy is the Director of the Master’s Program in Marriage & Family Therapy. She teaches graduate-level courses on ethics, diversity, and therapy models.

Christopher Belous

Christopher K. Belous, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Center

As an Associate Professor and Clinical Director for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Christopher directs the Couple and Family Therapy Center, internship placement, teaches classes and conducts research.

Kevin Hynes

Kevin C. Hynes, Ph.D., LMFT

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Kevin C. Hynes is an Assistant Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. His program of research focuses on disparities in mental health outcomes with minority populations.

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