M.S. in Counseling Psychology
Marital and Family Therapy (MFT)
The Counseling Psychology program at California Lutheran University, with an emphasis in Marital and Family Therapy, is designed to equip you with a perspective which takes into account the human being as a whole person with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions, and which focuses on the family as an interactive system.
As a student in this program, you will focus on the family as an interactive system and gain ideal preparation for a successful career as a professional marital and family therapist. The focus is to develop an integration of academic knowledge and clinical skills so that when you graduate, you are prepared as a marital and family therapist. You will also develop personal insights and communication skills that enable you to work effectively in a wide variety of settings.
The Marital and Family Therapy program emphasizes a systemic understanding of the human experience in its many contexts. We encourage respect for the diversity of people, their lifestyles, beliefs, values, and aspirations.
Students are trained in a range of theoretical models designed to help understand the complexity of issues persons face throughout their lifespan. Systemic thinking is encouraged to allow students to appreciate the interpersonal and interdependent aspects of motivation, emotion, and behavior. Additionally, our students have the unique opportunity to experience the integration of their classroom learning with applied clinical work in our two Community Counseling Centers. This in-depth integration of clinical and scientific literature with actual professional service to the public allows students to cultivate their professional identities throughout the program.