Greetings from the Department Head

Marriage and Family Therapists are a difference that makes the difference.



Hello, from the MFT Department Head

Hello, I am Dr. Kate Warner, Head of the MFT Department. Welcome to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. MFT is a clinical field, perhaps the only one of the mental health disciplines in which your training is specifically focused on teaching you to facilitate change. Did you know? Todays family therapists are employed in an array of settings including public and private businesses and mental health agencies, schools, hospitals, medical family therapy offices, clinics, geriatrics, police departments, the court system, the Veterans Administration, prisons, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), home-based therapy, private practice, and many more. And, it might interest you to know that according to the recent ranking of the 100 "Best Jobs" by CNN Money/Payscale.com, working as a Marriage and Family Therapist is the 42nd best job in America. This ranking was higher than several other mental health professions, including clinical psychologists (ranked 55), psychiatrist (ranked 78), and psychiatric nurses (ranked 85). The article estimates that the MFT profession currently has 36,000 jobs, a growth rate of 41.2%, and that its top earners are making around $120,000. In addition, the article notes that the grades MFT's give the quality of their professional lives broke out like this: MFTs report an "A" in "benefit to society," "B" in "flexibility and "personal satisfaction," and a "C" in "low stress."

So welcome to VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy, a vibrant and growing department and welcome to learning the art and science of change. If you would like to view the MFT Department's Student Achievement Criteria, which include graduation, licensure, and national exam pass rates, click here.


MFT Department faculty members are Clinical Fellows with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The MS in Marriage and Family Therapy Program is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Training and Education (COAMFTE). 
   

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The Marriage and Family Therapy program is committed to the principle that in no aspect shall there be differences in the treatment of persons because of age, race, culture, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, social class, or disability, and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all.