Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

The Department of Marriage and Family Therapy in the College of Education and Human Services offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Marriage and Family Therapy. The program prepares graduates for careers in family therapy and is committed to nurturing the development of highly competent clinicians working from a systemic and contextual perspective. Graduates of this program are prepared to continue doctoral level studies, apply for licensure as MFTs in Georgia and other states, and acquire membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

The MFT Program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) since 2006. As part of our accreditation process, the MFT faculty established and publishes MFT Program Educational Outcomes, which include, among a number of other variables, learning outcomes for students. This means that when students graduate from the VSU MFT Program, they are prepared to:

SLO 1. Practice from a culturally sensitive lens (consider the relevance of ethnicity, race, gender, socioeconomic status, and culture when working with people)

SLO 2. Practice from a systemic lens (apply a systems/relational understanding to the assessment and treatment of mental health and emotional problems)

SLO 3. Obtain entry-level employment in mental health agencies.

SLO 4. Claim the professional identity of a Marriage and Family Therapist (assume the professional role and identity of a marriage and family therapist; be able to apply various theoretical models of marriage and family therapy to practice; display clinical competency in the practice of MFTH; and practice according to the AAMFT ethical code.)

The MFT Program has a commitment to diversity and to the belief that the differences that make up the weave of humanity must be embraced and cherished, not just tolerated. The program brings a relational understanding to human behavior and meaning-making, viewing them as context-dependent. Thus, a deep appreciation of each client's context is a prerequisite of respectful treatment. The program addresses the interpersonal and social context of mental health and emotional problems. the curriculum focuses on teaching the knowledge and skills necessary to access and intervene in the interactions among people. It prepares students to use an active, positive approach to therapy that will help individuals and their families build on their strengths, improve communication, and develop solutions to their problems.

M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy Program Information

The Marriage and Family Therapy curriculum is 60 semester hours in length with a required 12-month clinical practicum. This program addresses the interpersonal and social context of mental health and emotional problems. To qualify, students to practice MFTH, the curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to access and intervene in the interactions among people. It prepares students to use an active, positive approach to therapy that will help individuals and their families build on their strengths, improve communication, and develop solutions to their problems.

The MFT program at Valdosta State University prepares students for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists in Georgia and for associate membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The program expects its graduate students to demonstrate the following: assuming the professional role and identity of a marriage and family therapist; applying a systems/relational understanding to the assessment and treatment of mental health and emotional problems; considering the relevance of ethnicity, race, gender, socioeconomic status, and culture when developing treatment plans; applying various theoretical models of marriage and family therapy to practice; display clinical competency in the practice of MFTH; and practice according to the AAMFT ethical code. The Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Department’s admission policies, degree offerings, degree options, and course offerings are designed to help all students achieve these goals.

Since learning at FamilyWorks, our student-run clinic, plays a large role in student training. Students are required to accrue a total of 600 hours working with clients. The faculty and students invite prospective students to take a tour of the clinic, talk to 1st and 2nd year MFT stduents, and sit in on a class or practicum. Please email Keri Feole at kafeole@valdosta.edu and she will arrange a tour and student interviews for you.