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Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are professional mental health providers who serve a critical role in helping individuals, couples, and families heal from psychological and relationship wounds as well as solve psychological and relationship problems. In their clinical work, MFTs enter into individual and relational suffering of loss, grief, trauma, difficult transitions, and conflict as a presence that can catalyze healing.
The Lipscomb Marriage and Family Therapy masters program is the only COAMFTE accredited (the gold standard in the field) program in Middle Tennessee. Students in the Lipscomb MFT program go through rigorous and comprehensive training and become highly trained, caring, and compassionate therapists who can effectively treat the challenges faced by individuals, couples, and families. Our cohort model provides students the unique opportunity to learn systems theory while forming a social system within their cohort.
Your rigorous training will prepare you to serve individuals overcoming their mental health challenges, help couples restore a thriving relationship, and lead families to create healthy and effective family processes. And once you finish here, you’ll be able to continue your clinical work while pursuing the Marriage and Family Therapy license.
Whether you are straight out of undergraduate work, are looking for a meaningful career change, or would like to expand your existing skill set in helping others, a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy can situate you to help and heal in powerful ways.
The deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. We reserve the right to evaluate new applicants on a case-by-case basis. The deadline to apply for Fall 2021 will be March 15, 2021.
There is one area of specializations in the MMFT program.
Play Therapy: This concentration is a 9 credit hour concentration where two Play Therapy courses and one Play Therapy Supervised Clinical Practice (SCP) replace two regular MFT courses and integrate Play Therapy into one SCP. The MMFT with a Play Therapy Concentration is 63 credit hours.
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You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.
Our cohort model emphasizes communal learning and extended field experiences. You’ll have the opportunity to form professional and personal relationships with like-minded peers that will extend far beyond the duration of the program.
A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.
Director, Marriage and Family Therapy
Gonzalez joined the psychology and counseling faculty in Fall 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in Family Social Science from University of Minnesota. He teaches several courses in the MFT program....Learn More
Justin Gregory Briggs joined the faculty at Lipscomb University in 2014. He completed his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University and earned his M.S. in Marital and...Learn More
Morgan joined the psychology and counseling faculty in Fall 2013 after a several years in the Lipscomb University Counseling Center where he served as a therapist and the Director of...Learn More
Marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome problems with family and other relationships.
After becoming a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist, you can become a registered play therapist. A Registered Play Therapist will use play therapy to help clients (regardless of age) find healing and achieve the growth they desire.