Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pacific Lutheran University is to train students in developing a systemically-oriented, contextually competent worldview that is implemented with a wide range of clinical concerns impacting individuals, couples, and families.
Highlights of our program include:
- The Couple and Family Therapy Center – You will train as a student therapist in our on-campus clinic with a faculty member as your supervisor. The clinic is equipped with one-way mirrors, every session is recorded, and the faculty supervisor is guiding you through your first cases.
- We are one of only three COAMFTE accredited programs in WA – As a graduate of an accredited program, you will have 500 of 1000 direct client contact hours required for licensure in WA.
- We place you for your practicum – We have established partnerships with five local community mental health agencies so that you do not have to go out and find one on your own.
- We value diversity – We value a diverse learning community. Together, we encounter and experience a rich variety of perspectives, ideas, belief systems and ways of thinking. In and out of class, we are enriched by each other’s stories, opinions, and personalities.
- Truly small class sizes of approximately 20 students– Our students get to know each other very well right away. Students find that the relationships they develop by working so closely together benefits both their professional and personal lives.
- 98.6% pass rate on the national MFT exam for our graduates – Further details about our program performance, including the number of students in the program, our graduation rate, and licensure rate can be found on the AAMFT website.
Dr. Elisabeth Esmiol Wilson discusses using iPads to create a culture of feedback in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at PLU.
The relationships we build with each other as a cohort of graduate students make us more culturally aware human beings and more effective therapists-in-training. Our recent student body has included…
- Students from a range of racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
- Students come from various social class backgrounds.
- Students from a variety of religious and spiritual backgrounds.
- Typical classes are 10% male and 90% female.
- Students work on projects together in the program and learn from one another’s life experience.