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Marital, Couple and Family Counseling

The Marital, Couple and Family Counseling Program prepares individuals to work with couples and families in mental health centers, community agencies and other settings in which counselors are expected to assist clients with couple, family or relationship issues as well as their own private practice. Emphasis is placed on teaching counselors systemic assessment and intervention in the counseling process. Program completion can lead to state licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Marriage, Couple and Family Therapists expand the traditional emphasis on the individual to attend to the nature and role of individuals in primary relationship networks such as marriage, couples and the family. LMFTs take a holistic perspective to mental health care; they are concerned with the overall, long-term well being of individuals and their families.

Research studies repeatedly demonstrate the effectiveness of marriage and family therapy in treating the full range of mental and emotional disorders and health problems. Adolescent drug abuse, depression, alcoholism, obesity and dementia in the elderly—as well as marital distress and conflict—are just some of the conditions Marriage and Family Therapists effectively treat.

The curricular experience of the MFT Master's degree is organized around core foundation courses, an intensive on-campus practicum training clinic experience, interpersonal growth experiences, advanced theory and practice courses, and a culminating field internship placement.  The program consists of 90 graduate credits designed to meet CACREP national accreditation standards for professional marriage and family counselors and the academic degree requirements to become licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Oregon and other states.

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