Marriage and Family Therapy Courses (CLG/MFT)

Courses in this area seek to equip students with effective professional counselling skills by developing a Biblically informed, theoretical and practical understanding of human nature and the helping process.

CLG 525 - Foundational Skills in Counseling (3 Credits)
This course is designed to help students develop and apply basic counseling skills and helping attitudes and to assist students in developing an understanding of the helping process. Self-evaluation, giving and receiving feedback and reflection upon the development of clinical skills vis a vis the Student’s counselling style tendencies is an essential part of this course.
MFT 552 - Marriage & Family Therapy Theories (3 Credits)
This course introduces the classic and post-modern family systems concepts and theories. Multiple models of family systems therapy will be presented to provide a framework for conceptual integration and application to clinical practice. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to assess and integrate family therapy theories with a Christian worldview. This course also provides opportunities for professional development through personal reflection and the construction of an integrated therapeutic perspective on the process of change and care within family therapy.
MFT 553 - Advanced Skills in Marriage & Family Therapy (3 Credits)
This course is introduces students to conceptual, executive and perceptual therapy skills, including forming a therapeutic relationship, clinical documentation, crisis management and countertransference issues. The skills will be acquired in class lectures and exercises (3 hours per week) as well as weekly practice sessions with their peers (3 hours per week). Issues that are related to diversity and power and privilege as they relate to the areas of age, gender, sexual orientation, health/ability, culture, SES, spirituality, and ethnicity will also be addressed. Open only to MAMFT graduate students or with special permission. Prerequisite: CLG/MFT 525: Foundational Skills in counseling.
MFT 580 - Psychopathology (3 Credits)
This course will cover the assessment and treatment of major psychopathologies of the DSM – IV- TR. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of the DSM. Students will learn about various diagnostic techniques and some psychological assessment tools relevant to the disorders studied. Psychopharmacological treatment of the different disorders will also be addressed. The role of spirituality in psychological dysfunction will be explored. Prerequisite: An undergraduate course in Abnormal Psychology.
MFT 582 - Statistics & Research (3 Credits)
A study of basic statistics and research methods in counseling and marriage and family therapy. This includes an overview of basic quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques in clinical research, an exploration of program evaluation and evidence-based practice, and an introduction to ethical issues in research. Emphasis will be placed on how to evaluate and critique published research, rather than how to conduct research.
MFT 590 - Counseling Practicum (3 Credits)
Provides 150 hours of supervised experience by a qualified AAMFT approved ACTS faculty member. Students are required to have at least 50 hours of direct client contact (10 are group) and meet weekly for both individual and group supervision. Supervision will also include client issues that are related to diversity and power and privilege as they relate to the areas of age, gender, sexual orientation, health/ability, culture, SES, spirituality, and ethnicity. The goals of the practicum experience are covered in the MAMFT Practicum/Internship Handbook. Prerequisites MFT 552 and MFT 553.
MFT 616 - Marriage Enrichment (3 Credits)
This graduate course in Marriage Enrichment is designed to train students in the theory and skills necessary to conduct a marital enrichment program in Church or community settings. The course will combine significant experiential learning, lectures, readings and discussion. Students will learn a specific model of research based marriage enrichment (Christian PREP: The Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program), will receive training in the Prepare-Enrich Inventories, and learn how to implement a Marriage Mentoring program. The course is offered for 2 or 3 sem. hrs credit and cross listed as a Pastoral Theology course.
MFT 630 - Diverse Populations in Family Therapy (3 Credits)
This course introduces the theory and practice of multicultural counseling and family therapy including various aspects of diversity: identity formation, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, ability/disability, and aging. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own culturally informed belief systems, values and practices. Research and class content will focus on knowledge and understanding worldviews that underlie client behavior, relationships, and resources. Ethical issues and culturally sensitive therapeutic approaches will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on integration of personal awareness, theoretical knowledge, and contextual clinical competencies. Open to counseling/family therapy students, as well as chaplaincy and cross-cultural ministry students.
MFT 660 - Marriage & Family Therapy I (3 Credits)
An in-depth view on some of the major models of Marriage and Family Therapy. This course, building on several major systems approaches, will give the student a multifaceted model in which to conduct therapy. Open only to MFT students or special permission from instructor. Prerequisites: MFT 552, MFT 553.
MFT 661 - Group Counseling (3 Credits)
Taught from a relational/systems perspective using key theories of group counseling and family systems models, the class will explore attachment issues, recapitulation of family of origin in the group, boundary setting, and other individual/relational dynamics that occur in group work.
MFT 662 - Career & Lifestyle Development (3 Credits)
An overview of career development theories, assessment techniques and counseling strategies. Emphasis on basic tools relevant to career planning and decision making, including exploration of individual differences and the role of spiritual and cultural values in career development. Open only to counseling program students.
MFT 664 - Ethics & Professional Issues (3 Credits)
An examination of the major legal and ethical issues involved in the practice of therapy. Special attention is given to the American Association of Marriage and Family ethical standards, the laws of British Columbia regarding the practice of therapy and to uniquely Christian perspectives and responsibilities. Issues that are related to diversity and power and privilege as they relate to the areas of age, gender, sexual orientation, health/ability, culture, SES, spirituality, and ethnicity will also be addressed.
MFT 670 - Marriage & Family Therapy II (3 Credits)
An advanced course in Marital and Family Therapy, this course will focus on the systemic issues of divorce, remarriage, step family and blended family issues, severe illness and death, sexuality and intimacy as well as violence and sexual abuse. Issues that are related to diversity and power and privilege as they relate to the areas of age, gender, sexual orientation, health/ability, culture, SES, spirituality, and ethnicity will also be addressed.
MFT 671 - Addictions Counseling (3 Credits)
This course provides students with a synthesis of research based, family systems/cognitive-behavioral interventions for substance abuse treatment, primarily alcoholism. Two key assumptions of the course are that addictions are bio-psycho-social-spiritual disorders and that treatment is most successful when it occurs in a relational/systemic context. Major emphasis will be on learning assessment tools, acquiring motivational interviewing skills, and familiarizing oneself with the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), the Community Reinforcement Approach Family Training (CRAFT), and Volpicelli’s et al’s (2001) BRENDA models. The role of spirituality and needs of diverse populations will also be covered. Please note: Class includes 48+ hours of instructor contact for all students.
MFT 674 - Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples (3 Credits)
This course will familiarize the student with Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), an empirically-validated approach to working with couples who are experiencing marital distress developed by Drs. Susan Johnson and Leslie Greenberg. EFT offers a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment, as well as a process of healing distressed relationships. Through a series of nine steps, this experiential–systemic therapy focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain their negative interaction patterns. This course fulfills the externship requirements toward Certification as an EFT Therapist. A highlight is a live on-site therapy session by one of the trainers (dependent on a referral of a suitable couple by participants).
MFT 675 - Satir Family Therapy (3 Credits)
This course will explore the family systems model of counseling developed by Virginia Satir known as the Human Validation Process Approach. It will cover Satir’s treatment of family dysfunction and balance, concepts of individual growth and development, family roles and rules, the 4 communication styles, and assessment and intervention techniques such as genograms, family life chronology, family sculpting, and family reconstruction. The course involves over 70 hours of classroom instruction, 12-15 hours of additional small group work, plus approximately 40 additional hours of reading and writing.
MFT 676 - Gottman Couple Therapy (3 Credits)
Gottman Method Couples Therapy (GMCT) is a research-based approach to therapy based on Dr. John Gottman’s 30 years of researching marital intimacy and conflict. Emphasizing application, all learning components of this course are designed to have immediate relevance to the practice of couple’s therapy. Course participants will be introduced to Gottman’s research as a foundation for GMCT. Gottman Institute assessment tools and other relevant marital self-report measurements will be learned. This course is recognized as the equivalency of Dr. John Gottman’s professional workshop Level I: Bridging the Couple Chasm: Gottman Couples Therapy: A NEW Research-Based Approach.
MFT 677 - Special Topic (MAMFT) (3 Credits)
This course gives the student an opportunity to do focused study in a specialized area of Marriage and Family Therapy. It will help students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, challenge them to do in-depth critical research of current issues and concepts, and promote growth in skills that are relevant to ministry in this field.
MFT 682 - Child & Adolescent Therapy (3 Credits)
This course focuses on cognitive, physical, sexual, emotional and spiritual development of the person throughout the lifespan, from birth to death. Students will examine central concepts related to parameters of human individual and social development - with a focus on the Family Life Cycle, from both a conceptual and personal perspective. Focus is also on clinical assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, case management and therapeutic interventions as they relate to transitional crisis across the lifespan, appropriate to the cultural and developmental sensitivities of the client and the family.
MFT 683 - Family Life Cycle & Adult Development (3 Credits)
This course focuses on cognitive, physical, sexual, emotional and spiritual development of the person throughout the lifespan, from birth to death. Students will examine central concepts related to parameters of human individual and social development - with a focus on the Family Life Cycle, from both a conceptual and personal perspective. Focus is also on clinical assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, case management and therapeutic interventions as they relate to transitional crisis across the lifespan, appropriate to the cultural and developmental sensitivities of the client and the family.
MFT 691 - Counseling Internship I (2 Credits)
Students will participate in a clinical supervision group on campus under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The supervision group meets 2.0 hours per week for a period of 12 weeks. Students will also meet weekly for 1 hour of individual supervision with their on-site supervisor. Supervision will include collaborative conversations regarding the student’s clinical performance as well as personal and professional development. Attention will be given to client issues of diversity that are related to aspects of age, gender, sexual orientation, health/ability, culture, ethnicity and spirituality. Open only to MFT student interns who have an approved internship placement. Prerequisite MFT 590.
MFT 692 - Counseling Internship II (2 Credits)
A continuation of the internship experience from MFT 691.
MFT 693 - Counseling Internship III (2 Credits)
A continuation of the internship experience from MFT 691.
MFT 694 - Counseling Internship IV (2 Credits)
A continuation of the internship experience from MFT 691.
MFT 695 - Counseling Internship V (2 Credits)
A continuation of the internship experience from MFT 691.