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We all walk with a limp of some kind from time to time. Individuals struggle with mental health challenges. Marriages suffer with wounded trust. Families are burdened with conflicts between parents and children. With grief and loss, addiction, trauma, and difficult transitions, sometimes it is hard for all of us to put one foot in front of the other. So in our broken world, learning to be a marriage and family therapist is learning how to join in divine healing.
Our priority is to produce caring and compassionate therapists who can effectively treat the challenges faced by individuals, couples and families. Rigorous and comprehensive, this program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Education—the gold standard in the field. Our cohort model will provide you an opportunity to learn family systems theory while being in a unique systems environment.
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.
There are two areas of specializations in the MMFT program.
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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.