Welcome to the Marriage and Family Therapy Program

The Marriage and Family Program is designed to prepare family therapists to work specifically with families in a wide variety of work settings. The program requires 48 semester hours and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

As a faculty, we do not teach or adhere to a single theory or school approach to marriage and family therapy. Rather, we teach all of the major approaches and expect the student to be willing to examine each of these in his/her work with clients. We want the student to understand, compare, and evaluate the major approaches. The student's task is to integrate them into a personally meaningful and effective approach for the purpose of helping families change, and for the purpose of helping others understand families better through teaching and research.

MFT Program receives HRSA Grant to Fund Clinical Interns!

Internship stipends are available which are 100% fully funded by a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals grant award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The goal of the grant is to provide behavioral services to children and youth living in rural Appalachian communities and expand the number of licensed MFTs working in these underserved areas. The stipend amount provided to each recipient is ten thousand dollars over the course of their 12 month internship.

Systemic Multicultural Counseling Certificate Approved!

Starting fall 2015, AppState Marriage and Family Therapy will offer a certificate program in Systemic Multicultural Counseling. This program will provide specialized training for current students and mental health professionals in the field interested in working with marginalized populations. The Systemic Multicultural Counseling Certificate Program will focus on issues of Inclusion and Social Justice in the therapeutic space and a healthy functioning global citizenry

Student Achievement Criteria (SAC)

Click here to view the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Appalachian State University Student Achievement Criteria (SAC):

What is a Marriage and Family Therapist?

2014 Graduates in MFT shirts