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.
- Lipscomb University's online application
- An essay of purpose
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts from all schools attended
- GRE scores (waived if you already hold a master's degree)
- Interviews will be held April 4 and 5. An invitation to interview will be emailed on March 18.
Courses in Sequence:
- PSFT 5103 - Introduction to Systems and Family Theory
- PSFT 5303 - Family Life Cycle
- PSFT 5903 - Marriage and Family Therapy Skills
- PSFT 5203 - Family Therapy I
- PSFT 5403 - Ethics and Clinical Practice
- PSFT 6833 - Practicum
- PSFT 6733 - Non-traditional Families
- PSFT 6743 - Couple Therapy
- PSFT 6753 - Intimacy, Sexuality, and Sex Therapy
- PSFT 6843 - Supervised Clinical Practice I
- PSFT 6713 - Family Therapy II
- PSFT 6853 - Supervised Clinical Practice II
- PSFT 6603 - Diagnosis and Assessment
- PSFT 5603 - Research Methods and Statistics
- PSFT 6053 - Cultural Diversity in MFT
- PSFT 6863 - Supervised Clinical Practice III
- PSFT 5803 - Spirituality in MFT
- PSFT 6353 - Treating Addiction in Families
- PSFT 6723 - Therapy Across the Life Cycle
- PSFT 6873 - Supervised Clinical Practice IV
There are two areas 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 60 credit hours.
- Conflict Management: This concentration is a 9 credit hour concentration where three Conflict Management courses replace two regular MFT courses. The MMFT with a Conflict Management concentration is 63 credit hours.
- PSFT 6800 - Clinical Practice Extension
- PSFT 688V - Independent Study in MFT
- PSFT 6XN3 - Special Topics in MFT