Marriage and Family Therapy
Beginning Fall 2012, we will be offering a new M.A. program in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT).
While our Clinical Psychology program has offered an MFT concentration since its inception in 1977, the increasing demand for couple and family therapy in the U.S. and abroad underscores the need for specialized training in family systems theory and techniques. In fact, U.S. News and World Report identified Marital and Family Therapist as one of the 50 best careers of 2010. There is a great need for competently trained, systemically oriented clinicians who can serve the body of Christ and those marginalized by our society.
This new 2 year, 48 credit MA program will produce graduates who are distinctive as Christians in their practice of marriage and family therapy; and who will demonstrate a vision for clinical practice as service, especially to the body of Christ, the Church, and to marginalized persons throughout the world. It will prepare students for professional licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists. Consistent with the historic mission of our graduate psychology programs at Wheaton, our vision is to develop whole and effective clinicians through a balanced approach to education which attends to spiritual, personal, interpersonal, and professional growth and development as part of the education process.
Some of the MFT program distinctions and core values include:
Cohort model - seeking to create a diverse, cohesive learning community characterized by Christ-centered relationships
Global perspective - emphasis on the needs of marginalized persons throughout the world
Academic excellence - scholarship committed to servanthood
Clinical competence - curriculum is built around MFT core competencies as developed by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education and consistent with Illinois licensure requirements for the MFT license. (Incoming students who wish to practice outside of Illinois will need to research requirements for other States, and we will do our best to help meet these.)
Faculty engagement - as teachers, mentors, clinical supervisors
Prepares students for professional licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists