Program in Marriage and Family Therapy  

The M.MFT in Marriage & Family Therapy offers a 60-hour curriculum designed to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist in Tennessee. This credential allows students to provide Marriage and Family Therapy services to individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings in the community such as mental health centers, private practices, churches, and para-church organizations. For a detailed description of the LMFT guidelines in Tennessee, click here.  Our program’s emphasis on faith integration would be especially helpful for those who wish to practice in faith-related settings (although students are not limited to only these settings).  Students wishing to be both an LMFT and an LPC-MHSP can take 2 additional courses (for a total of 66 hours) and be eligible to seek a dual license. 

The M.MFT in Marriage and Family therapy is a 60 hour, 24 month program structured in a cohort model which requires all the coursework and practice necessary for students seeking MFT licensure. Students in this program attend full-time, year-round and take courses on Tuesday evenings at our new off-site location in Cool Springs. Students will complete 500 hours of supervised clinical work in addition to their coursework. 

The courses below are listed in sequence.  Courses with * beside them are not part of the 60-hour degree, but are additional courses that can be taken at the Nashville campus by those seeking dual licensure.

  • Fall I
    • Introduction to Systems and Family Theory
    • Introduction to Counseling Skills
    • Family Life Cycle
  • Spring I
    • Family Therapy I
    • Advanced Psychopathology
    • Pre-practicum
  • Maymester I
    • Non-traditional Families
  • Summer I
    • Professional Development and MFT Ethics
    • Couple, Marital, and Sex Therapy
    • Practicum I
  • Fall II
    • Family Therapy II
    • Family Assessment
    • Practicum II
    • Group Therapy * (for dual license only)
  • Spring II
    • Cultural Diversity in MFT
    • Research and Stats
    • Practicum III
    • Career Counseling * (for dual license only)          
  • Maymester II
    • Spirituality in MFT
  • Summer II
    • Treating Addiction in Families
    • Therapy Across the Life Cycle
    • Practicum IV
    • Intermediate Statistics (Nashville campus - not required but highly recommended for those preparing for doctoral studies)