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Our marital and family therapy program combines Christian theology with clinical practice and theory, so you're prepared to provide therapy to couples and families and bring hope to those who are hurting. This program is COAMFTE accredited and fulfills the requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in most states. 

Online

Online with Intensive

You'll complete coursework online, with 1 week of on-campus intensives.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Fall 2020

Total Credits

67

Finish in as Few as

3 years

Courses

  • The Bible and the Interpreter (BT508)

    An introduction to the relationship of writer, text, and reader in the interpretation process (philosophical hermeneutics) and to methods for studying the Bible (exegesis). Students will gain skills for interpreting various literary genres of Scripture.

    2 credits

  • Theories and Best Prac MFT I (MF625)

    3 credits

  • Theories and Best Prac MFT II (MF626)

    3 credits

  • Research Design and Evaluation (MF627)

    3 credits

  • Couns Child/Adolesc/Families (MF633)

    3 credits

  • Ind Dev/Aging/Fam Life Cycle (MF635)

    3 credits

  • Couns Couples/Relationship (MF644)

    3 credits

  • Psychological Assessment (MF645)

    3 credits

  • Ind & Family Psychopathology (MF646)

    3 credits

  • Clinical Iss/Human Diversity (MF662)

    3 credits

  • Professional and Legal Issues (MF675)

    3 credits

  • MFT Practicum I (MF715)

    3 credits

  • MFT Practicum II (MF716)

    3 credits

  • MFT Practicum III (MF717)

    3 credits

  • MFT Senior Integrative Seminar (MF785)

    1 credits

  • Group Psychotherapy (MH627)

    3 credits

  • Psychobiology and Psychopharm (MH645)

    3 credits

  • Chem Depend,Addict,Co-Occ Dis (MH655)

    3 credits

  • Crisis Intervention/Trauma Res (MH656)

    3 credits

  • Intro to New Testament (NT508)

    A study of New Testament books, focusing on themes, theology, and interpretive methodologies, coupled with consideration of role of the interpreter.

    2 credits

  • Intro to Old Testament (OT508)

    A study of Old Testament books, focusing on themes, theology, and interpretive methodologies, coupled with consideration of role of the interpreter.

    2 credits

Residency

Students attend one week in residency at Bethel University in St. Paul. An intensive week full of interactive learning, the residency is designed to help students process and understand relational dynamics in group therapy.

Practicum

Each 3-credit practicum course is 15 weeks in length and consists of a series of assignments that students upload to a Virtual Campus. Students will also accrue direct client hours in their practicum sites, doing approximately 10-12 hours of direct therapy per week. As part of the practicum experience, students will be supervised by a Bethel Seminary Faculty Member and local clinic supervisor on a weekly basis.

Licensure Options

The required coursework in Bethel Seminary’s program meets all academic requirements for licensure as a marital and family therapist in most states. You’ll need additional supervised clinical practice and the passing of a licensing exam to obtain actual licensure.

Schedule

You’ll complete most of your coursework online, with nine units of practicum requirements constituting a 12-month practicum including 500 face-to-face client contact hours (with 200 of those hours being “relational”) and a minimum of 100 hours of supervision by a qualifies LMFT supervisor. You’ll also attend one week in residency at Bethel University in St. Paul.

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