Therapy is about offering hope for today. And wholeness that lasts a lifetime.
Marriage and family therapists use their compassion for others to help people resolve conflicts, work through interpersonal issues, and overcome mental and emotional disorders. Bethel’s M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy prepares students for licensure in a career focused on assisting people to discover new strategies to cope with life’s complex issues. Here, you’ll discover the many ways to lead people to life transformation while learning more about yourself and maturing in your faith.
In Bethel’s marriage and family therapy program, you’ll gain expertise in clinical practice and theory in combination with Christian theology so you’re ready to earn your license and provide holistic therapy to those in need.
Location: St. Paul
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Responsive to diversity
Here, we’re highly committed to raising cultural competence so that you understand the issues and challenges of people from all backgrounds. We’re also committed to social justice, which ignites and informs how we teach therapy and ministry. With these values, coupled with a strong integration of Christian theology and spirituality with clinical theory and practice, our graduates are highly prepared with the skills to treat others with dignity, respect, and empathy and to bring them to a place of restoration and hope.
The majority of our students pass the national licensing exam the first time
0 Bethel students have received the annual MN Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Outstanding Student Award since 2001
Instruction and supervision by scholar-practitioners
Our professors are scholar-practitioners who contribute to the field through teaching, writing, and research. Many of them also maintain clinical practices serving individuals, couples, and families.
An emphasis on the self of the therapist
Our program pays particular attention to the development of the therapist as a whole and holy person. Courses are structured to support community interaction and accountability.
Support for personal, theoretical, and spiritual integration
Our intention is to prepare therapists whose practice reflects increasing congruence between their personal stories and values, their theoretical and theological commitments, and their clinical experiences.
Preparation for competent, ethical practice in any setting
Being a part of the seminary, our students engage in biblical and theological study along with their preparation for couples and family therapy work. Our graduates show God’s light in the world by partnering with Him to bring transformation to individuals and relationships in any setting.
The Marriage and Family Therapy program at Bethel has far exceeded my expectations, I have gained a much stronger sense of what I am called to both personally and professionally.Esther Davis '18
Bethel prepared me in my career as a therapist, not by simply teaching me tools and interventions, but how to help people holistically through the integration of theology, cultural awareness, spiritual formation and family dynamics.Aaron Merritt '13
Current job: Therapist at Centerlife Counseling
One unexpected blessing from my years at Bethel was being assigned a Covenant Group. At first we didn't feel we had the time for meeting with these strangers! Fast forward 16 years and we still cherish our special bond.Allbright Jones '01
Current job: Pastoral Counselor, Prescott United Methodist Church, AZ
Skills for Effective Practice
The M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy provides the background to conduct effective couples and family therapy in clinics, counseling practices, nonprofits, churches, community mental health agencies, on the mission field, or in other settings that require relationship and family expertise.
Learn how to:
- Diagnose and treat mental health issues
- Apply family systems theory
- Collaborate care with other stakeholders including insurance companies, psychiatrists, and other medical professionals
- Apply therapeutic strategies to address developmental issues throughout the family life cycle
- Understand how theology applies to couples and family therapy
- Care for families from all cultures and walks of life
- Understand your own family dynamics and how they affect your life today
- Identify individual and relational problems or unhealthy relationships
- Conduct qualitative and quantitative research relative to MFT
Our graduates work as:
- Marriage and family therapists
- Directors of children’s and family ministry
- School-based therapists
- Church family ministry specialists (family life education certificate)
- Case managers
- Missionary pastoral care/coaches
- Private practitioners
Our graduates work at places like:
- Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge
- Nystrom and Associates
- Family Innovations, Inc.
- Minnesota Renewal Center
- David Hoy and Associates
- Counseling Care
- Bridging Hope
- Neighborhood Involvement Program
- Birch Lake Counseling
- Volunteers of America
- Private practice