Marriage and Family Therapy
The mission of the Lipscomb Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.MFT) program is to prepare students with academic and clinical training in marriage and family therapy that is founded in science in preparation for work with individuals, couples, families, and social systems from diverse ideological, spiritual, demographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This training is informed by Christian values such as love, empathy, forgiveness, grace, and tolerance, encouraging students to provide greater service in the home, congregation, community, nation, and world.
The Lipscomb M.MFT program is a 60-hour, 24-month program structured in a cohort model which meets or exceeds all coursework and supervised practicum/internship requirements for MFT licensure in Tennessee (for a detailed description of the LMFT guidelines in Tennessee, click here). Students in this program attend full-time and year-round, taking most courses on Tuesday evenings at our off-site location in Cool Springs. Students complete 500 hours of supervised clinical work in addition to their coursework. This degree prepares 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, agencies, private practices, churches, and para-church organizations.
In the Lipscomb M.MFT program, we strive to engage graciously with human systems in ways that result in healing, growth, and increased resilience. We understand that individuals and human systems are unique and also an expression of the image of God. Therefore, it is our goal to treat everyone well, abiding by the Golden Rule. When people “Do unto others as you would have them to do to you,” a shared cultural humility emerges allowing room for self-expression without fear of academic or social penalties. We are sensitive to the diverse nature of humanity and treat people and social systems with respect and appreciation in areas where differences and disagreements may be present.
Diversity spans the widest variety of individual and social system differences. These differences may be observed in:
- Ethnicity and Race
- Physical Health and Ability
- Sexuality, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Orientation
- Cultural Assumptions
- Language and Communication Processes
- Political and Philosophical Ideology
- Religion, Spirituality, and Faith
- Privilege and Power
- Socioeconomic Status
- Nationality and Immigration Status
- Family and Social Structure
We seek to create a safe learning environment where honest expression and respect for differences may result in the desired outcome of academic communion. Since agreement is not a prerequisite for academic communion, diversity and disagreement are not only welcomed, but invited. In this MFT program, we believe the presence of healthy, respectful disagreement promotes a more productive academic environment for everyone.
Please click here to see the table that illustrates the diversity and graduate achievements in our program.
Marriage and family therapists engage with everyone with respect, compassion, humility, and fairness, and with an appreciation for cultural diversity and difference. As a program, we operate our own sliding fee scale clinic, Lipscomb Family Therapy Center, with the goal of making mental health and relationship care affordable for all individuals, couples, and families in the Nashville community. In order to offer a diverse set of clinical experiences for our students, we have also partnered with outside clinical placements. Some of our clinical partners have included:
- Babb Center
- Branches Counseling Center
- Camelot Care Center, Inc.
- Cumberland Heights
- Daystar Counseling
- Hope Clinic for Women
- Insight Counseling Centers
- Mercy Community Healthcare Counseling Center
- Oasis Center
- Sage Hill Counseling
- Tennessee Prison Outreach Ministry
- The Refuge Center
- TN Voices for Children
- Youth Villages
The Lipscomb MFT program is supported by an advisory board comprised of strategic stakeholders inside and outside of Lipscomb University. Click here to see the MFT advisory board roster.