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Program Overview

Program Overview

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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.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Please submit:

  • 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). Due to testing centers being closed because of coronavirus, the GRE will be waived for Fall 2020 ONLY.
  • Interview
    • Deadline to apply for Fall 2020 is April 1, 2020. Interview will be held on April 17.  


Courses in Sequence:

Fall I
  • PSFT 5103 - Introduction to Systems and Family Theory
  • PSFT 5303 - Family Life Cycle
  • PSFT 5903 - Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy Skills
Spring I
  • PSFT 5203 - Family Therapy I
  • PSFT 5403 - Ethics and Clinical Practice
  • PSFT 6833 - Practicum
Maymester I
  • PSFT 6733 - Non-traditional Families
Summer I
  • PSFT 6743 - Couple Therapy
  • PSFT 6753 - Intimacy, Sexuality, and Sex Therapy
  • PSFT 6843 - Supervised Clinical Practice I
Fall II
  • PSFT 6713 - Family Therapy II
  • PSFT 6653 - Family Assessment
  • PSFT 6853 - Supervised Clinical Practice II
  • PSFT 6603 - Diagnosis and Assessment
Spring II
  • PSFT 5603 - Research Methods and Statistics
  • PSFT 6053 - Cultural Diversity in MFT
  • PSFT 6863 - Supervised Clinical Practice III
Maymester II
  • PSFT 5803 - Spirituality in MFT
Summer II
  • 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. 

Special Courses

  • PSFT 6800 - Clinical Practice Extension
  • PSFT 688V - Independent Study in MFT
  • PSFT 6XN3 - Special Topics in MFT
Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

  • $962 per credit hour
  • Books and iPad included in tuition

Types of Aid


Student to faculty ratio

Small Class Sizes

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.

Cohort Model

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.

Our Faculty

  • Chris Gonzalez

    Chris Gonzalez

    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....

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  • Justin Briggs

    Justin Briggs

    Clinical Director

    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...

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  • Dave Morgan

    Dave Morgan

    Associate Professor

    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...

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Career Paths

Marriage and Family Therapists

Marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome problems with family and other relationships.

Play Therapist

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.