Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

ACTS Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy

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The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program (2-3 years) produces graduates with effective Marriage and Family counseling skills rooted in a biblical understanding of human nature and problems as well as empirically grounded Marriage and Family therapies

Program Mission:

The mission of the program is to produce graduates with effective Marriage and Family therapy skills. They are committed to responding to spiritual and emotional needs by developing a biblically oriented, theoretical and practical understanding of human nature and the helping process. It is the perspective of the program that Marriage and Family therapy, as a vocational calling, is grounded in the compassion of Jesus for those in need, and the teaching of the New Testament that offers healing for the whole person in Christ.

Learning Objectives:

The program will develop in the graduate:

  • A strong evidence based theoretical and conceptual base;
  • A solid knowledge of systems theory and its application to clinical practice;
  • Critical perceptual and clinical skills;
  • The ability to integrate faith perspectives;
  • The ability to grow emotionally and spiritually through personal awareness and reflection;
  • Awareness of, and sensitivity to, cultural diversity;
  • Preparation for professional certification

Graduation Requirements:

  • Give evidence of consistent Christian character, conduct and biblical faith.
  • Be accepted for degree candidacy based on a review.
  • Receive a minimal grade of B for all MFT courses.
  • Complete at least 48 semester hours at ACTS towards MAMFT degree.
  • Completion of required 68 semester hours of study (non-thesis program) or 74 semester hours (thesis program).
  • Personal Theory of Counselling Graduate Essay.
  • Completion of a comprehensive examination.

Sample Program Courses:

  • Marriage and Family Core Studies (43 sem. hrs.) include courses such as Marriage and Family Therapy Theories; Advanced Skills in Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychopathology, Ethics and Professional issues, Statistics, and Counselling Internships.
  • Marriage and Family Electives (5 sem. hrs.) include courses aught by internationally known therapists such as Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Addictions Counselling, SATIR Family Therapy and Research design.
  • Biblical Studies (7 sem. hrs.) include Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics, and various book studies that focus on relationships and living well, such as Expositions of Wisdom Literature.
  • Theological Studies (13 sem. hrs.) include Spiritual Formation and Personal Development, Spiritual Resources in Counselling, and Theological Issues in Counselling.
  • A Thesis Option (6 sem. hrs.) is available.


Johan (Ian) P. Verseveldt, Ph.D. R.Psych. RMF
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Program Chair

For over 20 years Ian has been passionate to build bridges among couples, families, individuals and across cultures. Working from evidenced based models such as Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy, Gottman Methods in Couple Therapy, Narrative and Structural Family Therapy, Ian desires to provide healing and wholeness in relationships.