Why Marriage & Family Therapy at Bethel?

We focus on developing therapists as whole people—balancing theological and theoretical work with personal growth and depth of spirituality.

Here are a few highlights of the program:

  • An emphasis on the self of the therapist. Our program pays particular attention to the development of the therapist as a whole and holy person. Courses are structured to support community interaction and accountability.
  • Support for personal, theoretical, and spiritual integration. Our intention is to prepare therapists whose practice reflects increasing congruence between their personal stories and values, their theoretical and theological commitments, and their clinical experiences.
  • Instruction and supervision by scholar-practitioners. Our full-time faculty and faculty associates are scholar-practitioners. They contribute through teaching, writing, and research and maintain clinical practices with individuals, couples, and families.
  • Preparation for competent, ethical practice in any setting. Being a part of the seminary, our students engage in biblical and theological study along with their preparation for marriage and family therapy work. We hope our graduates will be salt and light in the world—partnering with God to bring transformation to individuals and relationships in any setting.