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.
The Appalachian State Marriage and Family Therapy Program has received the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals grant award provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This grant will provide stipends for Marriage and Family Therapy interns operating at approved internship sites.