Department ofMarriage & Family Therapy

Our Graduates. . .

  • Are employed in a variety of settings including community agencies, mental health centers, private practices, schools, medical settings, substance abuse centers, churches, and community colleges.
  • Are primarily in therapy positions or a combination of administration and therapy.
  • May choose to pursue doctoral degrees.
  • Serve in professional organizations and on community boards.
  • Are prepared to pursue Clinical Membership in AAMFT and meet education requirements for state MFT license.
  • Often become MFT supervisors.

PLU Marriage and Family Therapy alumna working in the Good Sam Clinic

Alumni Survey

  • While some graduates take time off to relocate or be with family, most reported finding work within a few months of graduation.
  • The vast majority are doing clinical work.
  • Some are already offering training in the community, consulting with agencies, or teaching in community colleges.
  • Others have presented at national conferences or published in a professional journal.
  • Most of our graduates are preparing for state licensure to become LMFTs.
  • Alumni reported a high level of satisfaction with the education they received in our MFT Program.
  • Almost all respondents said they would advise others to attend the program and that their internship practice prepared them well to work in agency settings.

Student Quote

"I interact and work with MDs, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers very well.  As I talk with other therapists (who have graduated in programs from California to Texas to the East Coast), I feel fortunate to have graduated from a program that prepared me so very well...I am ethically educated, gender sensitive, and have a weighted-down toolbox of therapeutic skills." - Chris, alumnus