Our M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy is offered through our traditional residential program. The majority of your courses are offered throughout the typical academic year on our St. Paul campus. A few courses will be taken in a weeklong intensive format.
Sample course schedule for your first year:
|Fall||Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy|
|Families in Context|
|Interpretation and the Interpreter|
|Interim||Marriage and Family Formation Retreat|
|Spring||Dynamics of Family Interaction|
|Individual Development in the Family|
|Old Testament and the Interpreter|
- 13 Marriage and Family Therapy courses
- 2 Supervised Clinical Experience courses
- 5 Integrative Bible, Theology, History courses
Foundations of Marriage and Family Studies
This course examines the historical development and theoretical foundations of marriage and family studies, as well as theological issues in the study of marriage and family and the practice of marriage and family therapy. Special attention is given to family systems theory. Students are encouraged to examine their own assumptions about families and to develop increased congruence between their theological convictions and their theoretical perspectives.
Theology and the Theologian I
This course approaches theology through the perspectives of history, systematics (doctrine), philosophy, and contextuality, while explicitly attending to issues of personal and spiritual formation throughout. This first theology course discusses the topics of the Trinity, revelation, Scripture, creation, and anthropology, while focusing on historical and communal understandings, personal and spiritual reflections, and ethical applications of these themes. This course will include a small group theological reflection component.