Clinical Ministry — M.A. with Marital and Family Therapy — M.S.

Program director, Clinical Ministry

Siroj Sorajjakool

Program director, Marital and Family Therapy

Mary E. Moline


The faculty for the combined degrees Clinical Ministry with Marital and Family Therapy program is drawn from the School of Religion and from the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences in the School of Behavioral Health.

The program

The combined Master of Arts degree in clinical ministry and Master of Science degree in marital and family therapy (MFAM) have many common subject areas, such as the spiritual and clinical emphasis on caring for the whole person. The joining of the two degree curricula provides the student with the added Christian clinical counseling skills needed to minister to many spiritual and mental health problems.

The marital and family therapy degree also prepares the student for a clinical license. Licensure allows the student in the M.A./M.S. combined degrees program more options for practice, including private practice. The student's ability to provide more services to the community—in addition to the traditional areas of practice, such as hospitals, churches, and schools—is increased.


The combined degrees Clinical Ministry with Marital and Family Therapy program has the following objectives:

  1. Students will gain clinical skills related to the field of spiritual care and marriage and family therapy that will enable them to become competent practitioners.
  2. Students will learn to integrate theoretical, theological, biblical, and philosophical foundations pertaining to the study of spirituality and marriage and family therapy.
  3. Students will be able to identify spiritual issues within the context of marital relations and health care and offer spiritual interventions.
  4. Students will be knowledgeable of the legal and ethical standards relevant to the fields of chaplaincy and marital and family therapy and apply their knowledge to their clinical practice.

The family clinical ministry track provides the basis for doctoral work in mental health and religious studies. Outstanding students are encouraged to explore possibilities for further studies.


Applicants will need to apply and be accepted to both programs separately; and follow their admission requirements in order to qualify for the combined degree. (See the CATALOG for specific instructions). Students can start the combined degrees program either by taking marital and family therapy courses or take clinical ministries courses during their first year.

Clinical placements

Students who take case presentation in MFAM will be placed in secular sites. Students taking course work in clinical ministries but who are continuing their case presentation in MFAM will be placed in a Christian-oriented site, such as the Christian Counseling Center.

Course requirements

In order to complete the combined degrees—Master of Arts in clinical ministry with Master of Science in marital and family therapy, the student will complete a minimum of 126 units of course work as specified, with an overall grade average of B or better, with no grade lower than a C and with no grade in a core course lower than a B-. The required curriculum is as follows:


First Year
Postsummer Session (intensive)
MFAM 535Case Presentation and Professional Studies3
Autumn Quarter
MFAM 515Crisis Intervention and Client-Centered Advocacy3
MFAM 551Family Therapy: Foundational Theories and Practice3
MFAM 556Psychopathology and Diagnostic Procedures3
MFAM 614Law and Ethics3
MFAM 547Social Ecology of Individual and Family Development3
Winter Quarter
MFAM 528Culture, Socioeconomic Status in Therapy3
MFAM 536Case Presentation and Documentation3
MFAM 553Family Systems Theory3
MFAM 644Child Abuse and Family Violence3
MFAM 7311Clinical Training6
Spring Quarter
MFAM 501Research Tools and Methodology: Quantitative3
MFAM 537Case Presentation3
MFAM 564Family Therapy: Advanced Foundational Theories and Practice3
MFAM 584Advanced Child and Adolescent Development3
Second Year
Summer Quarter
MFAM 568Groups: Process and Practice3
MFAM ___ Modality elective2
MFAM 7321Clinical Training9
Autumn Quarter
MFAM 502Research Tools and Methodology: Qualitative3
MFAM 552Couples Therapy: Theory and Practice3
MFAM 567Treating the Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill and the Recovery Process3
RELR 567Pastoral Counseling4
Winter Quarter
MFAM 524Psychopharmacology and Medical Issues3
MFAM 624Individual and Systems Assessment3
RELR 568Care of the Dying and Bereaved3
RELR 584Culture, Psychology, and Religion3
Spring Quarter
COUN 675Dynamics of Aging1
MFAM 604Social Context in Clinical Practice: Gender, Class, and Race3
MFAM 674Human Sexual Behavior3
RELT 559 or RELR 587New Testament Thought3
Third Year
Summer Quarter
RELE 524Bioethics and Society3
RELT 558Old Testament Thought3
Autumn Quarter
MFAM 635Case Presentation and Legal Issues3
RELR 565Pastoral Theology and Methodology3
RELR 564Religion, Marriage, and the Family3
Winter Quarter
MFAM 636Case Presentation and Client-Centered Advocacy3
MFAM 638Family Therapy and Chemical Abuse3
RELR 574Preaching3
Spring Quarter
MFAM 637Case Presentation and Global Practices3
RELT 557Theology of Human Suffering3
 Total Units: 127

Clinical training is a nonacademic activity and requires a fee.