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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Program Directors & Lead Faculty

Karen Quek

Karen Quek

Program Director | karen-quek@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Gender construction in couples' relationship · International couples relational dynamic · Cultural competency in clinical supervision · Development of the self of the therapist ·Family and couples processes

Faculty

Terri Hightower

Terri Hightower

Adjunct Faculty | tmh53926@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Terri is a licensed MFT graduate from Bethel Seminary and currently works with the homeless population at St. Vincent de Paul where she is the Senior Mental Health Clinician. In addition to providing therapy for adults, children, and families living in the shelter, she also supervises MFT practicum trainees and a staff of licensed clinicians. Terri is passionate about helping others and feels blessed to have the opportunity to provide that help through therapy and supervision. Terri is also. . . read more.

Richard Kohler

Richard Kohler

Adjunct Professor | rek98784@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Dr. Richard Kohler grew up in Miami, Florida and moved to San Diego, California to pursue his graduate studies. He obtained his Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and his doctorate degree in Psychology. Dr. Kohler has over 30 years of experience in the mental health field. He has worked with the military population, the elderly, children and adolescents in both intensive day treatment and residential group home facilities, and those with chemical dependency issues. He serv. . . read more.

Donna Scott

Donna Scott

Adjunct Faculty | dss52235@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Donna has over 25 years of experience providing individual, couples, family and play therapy in a variety of settings. The focus of her work is to help those with hurting hearts heal from relationship wounds. Donna’s desire is to live a life “worthy of the calling” she has received and to help students become the therapists God has called them to be. Donna is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and Black African American Christian Counselors. . . . read more.

Nikki Watkins

Nikki Watkins

Adjunct Professor | Niw85964@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

Dr. Watkins has over 12 years of experience providing individual, couples, and family therapy in a variety of settings. Currently she serves as the Assistant Director/Lead Clinician at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at VVSD where she leads a staff of four clinicians and a case manager in providing mental health care to Post 9/11 vets, their family members, and the family members of active duty service members. She has extensive experience providing counseling services to homeles. . . read more.

Andee Woolf

Andee Woolf

Clinical Training Coordinator and Adjunct Professor | anw72979@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Andee Woolf has over 15 years of experience with the Medi-Cal population where she has focused primarily on school aged youth and immigrant families. She has served as a Program Therapist and Clinical Supervisor, qualifying her to teach practicum courses as an adjunct faculty member at BSSD. Andee began teaching at Bethel in 2014. She has been an AAMFT Approved Supervisor since 2016. Specializations: SFBT, CBT, children therapy, family therapy, training MFT students, marginalized population. . . read more.

Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) has granted accreditation to the Bethel Seminary Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) program. Programs accredited by COAMFTE have completed a multi-year application and review process to demonstrate their compliance with COAMFTE standards. Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the standards. Bethel Marital and Family Therapy program has been nationally accredited since 2009.  

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