Department ofMarriage & Family Therapy

Real People. Real Therapy.

PLU's MFT Department partners with five local community mental health agencies and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor at each site. We guarantee our practicum students an internship placement at one of these sites.

Each site has the same objective of giving interns practical experience in the mental health field, however, each site has unique qualities and opportunities for growth as a therapist. 

In addition the MFT Department has a relationship with The Hoarding Project (THP) where students may volunteer and gain additional clinical hours.

Check out their websites!
Click on the name of each clinic to connect to their website to learn more.

Couple and Family Therapy Center, Tacoma, WA

PLU Marriage and Family Therapy East Campus Building, home of the MFT Department and the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic

This clinic is located on the bottom floor of the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at PLU.  Every student in the program will spend their first semester of practica here performing therapy with a co-therapist from their class.  Students will work with a wide range of clients, which include individuals, families,and couples.  This site offers therapist-in-training the opportunity to observe their colleagues perform therapy sessions from behind a one-way mirror.  Students will meet with a supervisor for 2 hours per week to confer about cases and discuss any questions or concerns they may have.

Auburn Youth Resources, Auburn, WA

PLU Marriage and Family Therapy internship site Auburn Youth Resources

This clinic is approximately 30 minutes from the PLU campus.  This placement is for therapists-in-training interested in working with children.  All clients are 18 years or younger with parent involvement left to the therapist's discretion.  Resources include two case managers, a psychiatrist, and several on-staff family therapists. 

Good Samaritan Hospital Behavioral Health, Puyallup, WA

PLU Marriage and Family Therapy internship site Good Sam, Adult Services building

This clinic is located approximately 15 minutes from the PLU campus.  All therapists-in-training work with a wide variety of clients including older adults, children, and families in crisis situations and the chronically mentally ill.  This internship site offers a unique experience for therapists to interact with the medical community.

Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare, Lakewood, WA 

PLU Marriage and Family Therapy internship site Greater Lakes clinic

This clinic is approximately 15 minutes from the PLU campus.  This is a large agency experience with a special emphasis on using systematic ideas in that context.  The PLU interns work in Child and Family Services where the clients are children and adolescents accompanied by other family members.  Therapists-in-training attend weekly required meetings that provide feedback on difficult cases and training on a variety of mental health topics.

Navos, Seattle, WA

PLU Marriage and Family Therapy internship site Navos, Seattle

This clinic is located approximately 50 minutes from the PLU campus.  Navos is one of the largest mental health service providers in King County, offering the full spectrum of services.  Interns at Navos work mainly in the Child and Family Services Department where they have the opportunity to work with families from diverse cultures and ethnicities.

Puyallup Tribal Health Authority, Kwawachee Counseling Center (KCC), Tacoma, WA

PLU Marriage and Family Therapy internship site Kwawachee

The Puyallup Tribal Health Authority provides medical, dental, pharmacy, outpatient treatment and counseling/crisis advocacy services to over 9,500 active patients.

The Kwawachee Counseling Center (KCC) provides culturally-rooted outpatient mental health services utilizing a traditional holistic model of wellness that incorporates mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the clients.  KCC staff combines this traditional model with an integrative therapeutic approach when working with clients and their families.  KCC works with all ages and problems across the continuum of care including clients who are at risk to develop problems as well as clients who suffer from serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI).  Counseling services include clinical screening, diagnostic interviewing, individualized treatment planning, individual, family, couple, and group therapy.

The Hoarding Project, Tacoma, WA

Logo for the Hoarding Project, volunteer opportunity for marriage and family therapy students

The Hoarding Project (THP) is located approximately 17 minutes from the PLU campus. PLU students may apply to volunteer at THP and gain clinical hours in addition to working at their primary clinical internship. THP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public charity that works to promote an effective, ethical, and sustainable response to hoarding in communities, through research, education and prevention, and systemic, collaborative approaches to treatment. Therapists-in-training will have opportunities to develop skills in assessment and collaboration with related professionals in work with people who hoard and their families, through direct client work as a member or leader of stress management teams, facilitators of support groups, and active members of community task forces. Volunteers can expect to receive opportunities to engage in project development, education and training, and social advocacy and outreach.