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Build marriage and family expertise with a combination of online courses, in-person learning experiences, and engaging curriculum.
The curriculum aligns to current marriage and family therapist education standards and is designed to help prepare you for state licensure eligibility.
Our faculty is made up of scholar-practitioners who are practicing clinicians and AAMFT-approved supervisors, who bring real-world experience to the courseroom.
Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct client contact and supervision.
Enhance the skills you develop in your program through face-to-face interaction with faculty and students in a supportive environment.
Our curriculum is designed to incorporate the values, principles, and ethical standards of national, regional, and COAMFTE accreditation.
Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom. View all core faculty.
Faculty Chair and Program Director, Marriage & Family Therapy
Program Curriculum Lead, Marriage & Family Therapy
Core Faculty, Marriage & Family Therapy
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The curriculum for our marriage and family therapy master's degree program includes online and face-to-face experiences that focus on assessment, diagnosis, treatment, intervention, and clinical training.
Diversity and Social Justice in Systemic Family Therapy
This course introduces theory, research, and models that inform ethical, culturally competent clinical work, and social justice advocacy in a variety of settings. Learners use strategies to address the influence of heritage, attitudes, beliefs, and acculturative experiences on the therapeutic process. In addition, learners gain knowledge of effective systemic therapy and advocacy strategies with diverse individuals, couples, families, and groups and determine ways to advocate and promote social justice at multiple levels.
|4 quarter credits|
Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment of Behavior Disorders
Learners in this course apply psychopathology principles and current issues associated with assessing mental disorders within a systemic, relational context. Learners critically evaluate diagnostic models, methods, and approaches used in diagnosing and treating individuals, couples, and families. Learners also assess psychopharmacological considerations and examine the current DSM classifications and diagnostic issues associated with multicultural populations.
|4 quarter credits|
Systemic and Group Interventions for Grief, Loss, and Trauma
In this course, learners continue to develop therapy skills using group and systemic interventions as they apply to grief, loss, and trauma. Learners assess group dynamics, group process, and multicultural issues in relationship to grief, loss, and trauma. Prerequisite(s): MFT5107, MFT5270, MFT5271, MFT5273, MFT5820, MFT-R5821. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Impact of Addiction and Addictive Behavior on Family Systems
This course provides learners with fundamental knowledge of addiction from its historical roots through contemporary issues. Learners examine and apply systemic theory and research that guides treatment for substance use disorders and related addictive behaviors, including the diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring mental health issues. In addition, learners analyze empirically supported interventions for individuals, families, groups, and diverse populations from systemic perspectives and assess emerging issues in the field based upon current research. Prerequisite(s): MFT-R5821.
|4 quarter credits|
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Help your patients better their lives. Start your career in marriage and family therapy and work with individuals, couples and groups.
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Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the job titles and employment settings to explore as you consider a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
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