This unique degree program is one of only a few seminary-based programs in the United States.
Louisville Seminary's Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) expresses a vision of the human person in relational and systemic contexts, and frames marriage and family therapy as a professional expression of the church's ministry of pastoral care and counseling. The mission of the MAMFT Program is to train individuals with theological/spiritual commitments to become marriage and family therapists competent to practice in a diverse, multicultural and interfaith world. Individuals trained in the MAMFT Program gain theoretical and practical tools to work as comprehensive mental health providers in a broad range of treatment contexts with careful attention to human, family and cultural diversity.
The Marriage and Family Therapy Program integrates academic study and clinical experience to help students form a professional identity critically informed by religious and theological commitments and marriage and family therapy. Some begin the program expecting to expand their skills as lay ministers who will practice marriage and family therapy. Others expect to express their ordained ministry through specialized skills as a professional marriage and family therapist and will earn an MDiv while at Louisville Seminary. The Marriage and Family Therapy Program encourages students to explore and integrate both theological and systemic traditions that mutually inform their work with people and enrich their professional identity as minister, pastoral counselor and marriage and family therapist. Consistent with the program's mission to train marriage and family therapists who are competent to practice in a multicultural and interfaith world, students entering the MAMFT Program embody a range of differences in religious and educational background, ethnic and racial identity, gender, and sexual orientation.
The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree requires successful completion of 68 semester hours. As the student progresses through the program, classroom study will be supplemented with a minimum of 500 hours of direct client contact and a minimum of 100 hours of supervision based on direct observation, videotape or audiotape of their clinical work. Students serve as counselors at Louisville Seminary Counseling Training Center and its off-campus sites, offering broad experience with diverse populations of families seeking help.
This three-year program is fully accredited by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Graduates of the MAMFT Program meet all academic requirements for a Marriage and Family Therapy license in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and most other states. MAMFT graduates will also qualify for AAMFT clinical membership and certification as pastoral counselors by the Amercian Association of Pastoral Counselors.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required for admission. Personal experience, maturity, sense of ministry, and aptitude, as demonstrated during an interview process, also are considered for admission. Advanced standing may be given for previous graduate degrees in selected fields. The Marriage and Family Therapy Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability.