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.

Interested in applying for Fall 2016 admission?

The priority deadline for admission into the Fall 2016 cohort is February 1, 2015.

MFT Social Justice in Action Fund

We are pleased to announce the new Marriage and Family Therapy Social Justice in Action Fund: a new type of assistance created to financially support accepted students from underrepresented populations into AppState's MFT program.

Directions for contributing: Click the link above, Select "Reich College of Education" in the Area of Giving, Select "Marriage and Family Therapy Social Justice in Action Fund".

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.

Now Accepting Applications for Multicultural Counseling Certificate!

AppState's Marriage and Family Therapy program now offers a certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling! This program provides specialized training for current students and mental health professionals in the field interested in working with marginalized populations. The Systemic Multicultural Counseling Certificate Program focuses on issues of Inclusion and Social Justice in the therapeutic space and a healthy functioning global citizenry. If interested in applying for the Multicultural Counseling Certificate, contact Dr. Jordan at jordanna@appstate.edu

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Returning to Ethiopia in May 2016!

We are pleased to announce that our MFT program will be returning to Ethiopia in May 2016! Check out pictures from the 2015 trip.

2015 SAMFT Conference and Call for Abstracts

We will be hosting our SAMFT Annual Professional Development Conference on November 6, 2015. The officers of SAMFT and the professors of the MFT program invite you to submit a poster or presentation abstract to be presented during the conference. We encourage abstract submissions spanning any variety of counseling and helping profession topics. Abstracts will be reviewed by MFT faculty prior to the conference. The deadline for abstract submissions is October 1, 2015 and should be submitted to Dr. Jordan at jordanna@appstate.edu

2014 Graduates in MFT shirts

Student Achievement Criteria (SAC)

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