Clinical Ministry — M.A. with Marital and Family Therapy — M.S.
Program director, Clinical Ministry
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 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:
- 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.
- Students will learn to integrate theoretical, theological, biblical, and philosophical foundations pertaining to the study of spirituality and marriage and family therapy.
- Students will be able to identify spiritual issues within the context of marital relations and health care and offer spiritual interventions.
- 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.
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.
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:
|Postsummer Session (intensive)|
|MFAM 535||Case Presentation and Professional Studies||3|
|MFAM 515||Crisis Intervention and Client-Centered Advocacy||3|
|MFAM 551||Family Therapy: Foundational Theories and Practice||3|
|MFAM 556||Psychopathology and Diagnostic Procedures||3|
|MFAM 614||Law and Ethics||3|
|MFAM 547||Social Ecology of Individual and Family Development||3|
|MFAM 528||Culture, Socioeconomic Status in Therapy||3|
|MFAM 536||Case Presentation and Documentation||3|
|MFAM 553||Family Systems Theory||3|
|MFAM 644||Child Abuse and Family Violence||3|
|MFAM 7311||Clinical Training||6|
|MFAM 501||Research Tools and Methodology: Quantitative||3|
|MFAM 537||Case Presentation||3|
|MFAM 564||Family Therapy: Advanced Foundational Theories and Practice||3|
|MFAM 584||Advanced Child and Adolescent Development||3|
|MFAM 568||Groups: Process and Practice||3|
|MFAM ___ Modality elective||2|
|MFAM 7321||Clinical Training||9|
|MFAM 502||Research Tools and Methodology: Qualitative||3|
|MFAM 552||Couples Therapy: Theory and Practice||3|
|MFAM 567||Treating the Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill and the Recovery Process||3|
|RELR 567||Pastoral Counseling||4|
|MFAM 524||Psychopharmacology and Medical Issues||3|
|MFAM 624||Individual and Systems Assessment||3|
|RELR 568||Care of the Dying and Bereaved||3|
|RELR 584||Culture, Psychology, and Religion||3|
|COUN 675||Dynamics of Aging||1|
|MFAM 604||Social Context in Clinical Practice: Gender, Class, and Race||3|
|MFAM 674||Human Sexual Behavior||3|
|RELT 559 or RELR 587||New Testament Thought||3|
|RELE 524||Bioethics and Society||3|
|RELT 558||Old Testament Thought||3|
|MFAM 635||Case Presentation and Legal Issues||3|
|RELR 565||Pastoral Theology and Methodology||3|
|RELR 564||Religion, Marriage, and the Family||3|
|MFAM 636||Case Presentation and Client-Centered Advocacy||3|
|MFAM 638||Family Therapy and Chemical Abuse||3|
|MFAM 637||Case Presentation and Global Practices||3|
|RELT 557||Theology of Human Suffering||3|
Clinical training is a nonacademic activity and requires a fee.