At the end of the master’s program, the graduate should have acquired the necessary advanced skills, knowledge, and experience to:
- Establish a professional identity as a marriage and family therapist.
- Provide individual, couple, and family therapy services in a wide variety of community service settings.
- Conduct therapeutic interviews to assist individuals, couples and families in gaining insight into relational problems and to plan actions which reflect the clients’ interests, abilities and needs.
- Collect data about individuals, couples and families through the use of interviews, case histories, psychometric instruments, observational techniques and related methods.
- Demonstrate knowledge of human development across the lifespan.
- Effectively communicate with diverse cultural groups.
- Demonstrate an understanding of special needs populations (e.g., persons in poverty, physical abuse victims, substance abusers, and juvenile offenders).
- Interpret and evaluate research data.
- Demonstrate a sensitivity to, and an appreciation of, the spiritual needs of individuals, couples, and families.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and concerns surrounding the integration of Christian faith and MFT theory and practice.
- Articulate a personal approach to therapy which integrates faith and learning.
Program of Study
The program is composed of a minimum of five semesters of approved graduate study. The typical full-time student will complete the program by following either a 2 year or 3 year track. A minimum of 60 semester hours is required. The program core provides educational preparation in ethical and legal issues, human growth and development, human sexuality, systems theory, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, family therapy, couple therapy, assessment, and research. The clinical portion of the program provides supervised counseling experience working in the community with culturally diverse clients.
Many faculty members are practitioners who bring real world experience into the classroom. Faculty members are selected to teach courses according to their expertise and emphasis is placed on practical application of concepts and theory.
Clinical experiences are an integral part of a degree in counseling at Lee University. The counseling practicum and internship placements provide an opportunity to practice skills and to utilize acquired knowledge in real life situations. Fieldwork activity follows a developmental model consisting of a sequence of training experiences of increasing complexity and responsibility. Each level of training is designed to accommodate the student’s particular level of professional development.
The practicum and internships refer to the experience of working with clients within the setting of a formal course, under direct supervision of a faculty member. Students are required to complete a minimum of 500 hours direct client services, 250 of which must be with couples and families. In addition, each student is required to receive 100 hours of supervision from an AAMFT Approved Supervisor or an AAMFT Supervisor Candidate.
Students are required to obtain liability insurance through the graduate office prior to beginning field experiences.
All students are required to obtain a background check through the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation prior to beginning classes. Applications must be obtained through the graduate office. Prior background checks may not be valid due to the age of the previous report and the level completed.