Bethel Seminary

San Diego - MFT

Course Description

Marital and Family Therapy

Bethel Seminary San Diego


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Master of Arts in MFT (M.A.) and Master of Divinity with the MFT Concentration (M.Div.)

M.A. students must take all courses listed.

M.Div. (MFT) students need 28 credit hours of MFT courses, they are:

  • MF557 Families in Context: Gender, Class and Culture
  • MF506 Individual Development and the Family Life Cycle
  • MF565 Dynamics of Family Process, MF608 Sexuality and Intimacy in Couples and Families
  • MF504 Theories of MFT I
  • MF505 Theories of MFT II
  • MF718 Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention
  • MF719 Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention
  • MF720 Domestic Violence Assessment and Intervention
  • MF726 Aging and Long Term Care
  • 2 credits from the MFT Electives.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


PC500 is a prerequisite for students without an undergraduate/ graduate degree in counseling or a related discipline, or without an introductory course in counseling/ psychotherapy theory and technique:

PC500: Principles of Counseling.

This course is designed to provide a foundation of basic skills for persons who would like to enhance their therapy and pastoral care abilities. It combines theoretical understanding and hands-on practice of essential counseling microskills and can serve as the prerequisite counseling course for persons enrolling in or transferring to the M.A. Marital and Family Therapy. Four hours.

MF504: Theories of Marital & Family Therapy I.

Students review and critique, from theological, spiritual, and theoretical perspectives, the major foundational approaches to family therapy. Applications of techniques from these approaches are practiced in class. Students also examine the place of marriage and family therapy in pastoral care and begin to articulate their own approach to working with families. San Diego only. Four hours.

MF504L: Theories of MFT Lab I.

This lab affords students the opportunity to develop some comfort and competence using the clinical skills and interventions that are associated with the MFT theories being studied in MF504 Theories of Marital Family Therapy I. Watching videos of therapy sessions and participating in, observing, and critiquing role plays will stimulate the primary learning experiences. Students must enroll in MF504L concurrently with MF504. San Diego only. One hour.

MF505: Theories of Marital & Family Therapy II.

Students review and critique, from theological, spiritual, and theoretical perspectives, the major newer approaches to family therapy that incorporate a postmodern worldview. Applications of techniques from these approaches are practiced in class. Students continue to examine the place of marriage and family therapy in pastoral care and do additional work toward articulating their own approaches to working with families. Prerequisite: MF504. San Diego only. Four hours.

MF505L: Theories of MFT Lab II.

This lab affords students the opportunity to develop some comfort and competence using the clinical skills and interventions that are associated with the MFT theories being studied in MF505 Theories of Marital Family Therapy II. Watching videos of therapy sessions, and participating in, observing, and critiquing role plays will stimulate the primary learning experiences. Students must enroll in MF505L concurrently with MF505. San Diego only. One hour.

MF506: Individual Development and Family Life Cycle.

This course explores the development of individuals within the family over the life cycle and therapeutic strategies or addressing developmental issues. Childhood, adolescence, marriage preparation, transition to parenthood, parenting over the life cycle, work and family issues, and chronic illness are examined. Attention is given to physical, spiritual, intellectual, and social development and their implications for the practice of therapy and pastoral care.  Prerequisite: MF504. San Diego only. Four hours.

MF557: Families in Context: Gender, Class, and Culture.

This course explores differences in family structure and interaction related to race, ethnicity, culture,
and socioeconomic status. The influences of gender role perceptions are also examined. Students identify challenges of providing therapy and pastoral care to families who differ from themselves in terms of gender, class, and culture. Prerequisite in San Diego: MF504. Four hours.

MF559: Psychological Assessment in MFT.

This course will familiarize students with the psychometric characteristics and limitations of both projective and standardized psychological, marital, and family assessment tools. Students will learn how to administer and score various instruments, interpret assessment data, and write clinical reports that will assist in diagnosis and treatment of individuals, couples, and families in therapy. The legal and ethical issues involved in the use of assessment measures, especially in diverse populations, will be discussed. Students are encouraged to use their own profiles to identify opportunities for continuing spiritual, personal, and relational growth. Prerequisite: MF504. San Diego only. Four hours.

MF560: Professional and Ethical Issues in Marital and Family Therapy.

These courses address legal and ethical situations arising in the practice of marital and family therapy and examine unique challenges of maintaining appropriate boundaries within ministry settings. Issues of professional development are discussed, and students are encouraged to develop strategies for continuing professional, personal, and spiritual growth. Recommended prerequisite in St. Paul: MF503. Prerequisite in San Diego: MF504. Four hours.

MF564: Individual and Family Psychopathology.

This course helps students understand and identify individual and relational problems and gain awareness of abnormal and/or unhealthy development of individuals and relationships. The course includes introduction to and critique of DSM-IV diagnostic categories. Prerequisites: MF504 and MF506. Four hours.

MF565: Dynamics of Family Process.

The dynamic processes of family and couple relationships such as socialization, communication, shame, power, stress, and coping will be examined. Special attention will be given to spirituality and how families transition through divorce, remarriage, and grief. Students will be given opportunities to explore these dynamics in their own families of origin. Prerequisite: MF504. San Diego only. Two hours.

MF606: Psychopharmacology and Marital and Family Therapy.

Students will gain a historical perspective of the use of medication in treating mental disorders within the context of social, cultural, gender, and religious issues. The central focus will be on the major classifications of psychotropic drugs, specifying their psychiatric uses, benefits, side effects, toxicities, combinations, and biochemical actions. This course will also explore how MFTs can best work with medical practitioners in providing more comprehensive client care. Prerequisites: MF504, MF506, and MF564. San Diego only. Three hours.

MF608: Sexuality and Intimacy in Couples and Families.

This course analyzes the dynamic processes of love, intimacy, and sexuality in couple and family relationships from spiritual and systems perspectives. Special focus is given to human sexuality including strategies for enhancing the sexual experience, as well as diagnosing and treating sexual dysfunctions within the context of marital and family therapy. This course satisfies the California BBS requirement of a minimum of 10 contact hours of course work in human sexuality. Prerequisite: MF504. San Diego only. Two hours.

MF655: Research Design and Evaluation in Marital and Family Therapy.

Students explore the interpretation and design of qualitative and quantitative research in family issues and in processes and outcomes of marriage and family therapy. Principles of understanding and critiquing published research are examined with the goal of enabling students to use current literature to ground their therapeutic and pastoral responses to family concerns. Prerequisite in San Diego: MF504. Four hours.

MF705, 706, 707, 708: Supervised Clinical Experience I-IV.

These four units constitute a 12-month practicum including 500 hours of clinical contact and a minimum of 100 hours of supervision by a qualified California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT-approved supervisor, and/or other approved supervisor. The practicum fulfills the requirements of the BBS for face-to-face experience counseling individuals, couples, families, or groups. A continuation fee of $250 will be assessed for any quarter of participation in group supervision beyond the fourth S.C.E. unit for M.F.T. students, or for any extension required in L.P.S. programs. Prerequisite: Passing the practicum qualifying exam, and permission of the M.F.T. program administrator. Nine hours (MF705, three hours; MF706-708, two hours each).

MF718: Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention.

In addition to learning California laws regarding assessing and reporting child abuse, students will be exposed to research, theories, and spiritual perspectives about perpetrators, victims, assessment, and interventions in child abuse cases. This course satisfies the California BBS requirements for seven hours of instruction in child abuse prevention, assessment, and reporting. Prerequisite: MF504. San Diego only. One hour.

MF719: Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention.

Students will be exposed to research and theories of ideology, progression, assessment, and treatment of alcoholism and other chemical substance abuse and dependency. Spiritual, psychosocial, and biological perspectives will be integrated. This course meets California BBS requirements for a minimum of 15 hours of specific instruction in alcoholism and other chemical substance dependency. Prerequisite: MF504. San Diego only. Two hours.

MF720: Domestic Violence Assessment and Intervention.

The focus of this course includes California laws, research, theories, and spiritual perspectives regarding detection, assessment, and intervention in cases of spousal or partner abuse. California BBS requirements for specific instruction in this area are met in this course. Prerequisite: MF504. San Diego only. Two hours.

MF726: Aging and Long-Term Care: MFT Perspectives.

Aging is accompanied by many developmental, psychosocial, and contextual changes that affect every domain of the individual’s life. Focus will be given to normal aging and differential diagnosis between depression, complicated bereavement, and dementia, along with their treatments. Emphasis will be given to psychotherapeutic, pastoral, and psychopharmacologic treatments for geriatric clients. This course meets California BBS requirements of 10 hours of instruction in aging and long-term care. Prerequisite: MF504 and MF506. San Diego only. One hour.

MF740: Personal Formation of the Christian Therapist.

Students will examine their development as therapists, giving special attention to the influences from their families of origin, spirituality, sense of self, personal maturity, gender, cultural, and ethnic background. Particular focus will be given to what it means to be a Christian therapist. Prerequisites: MF504 and MF505. San Diego only. Two hours.

MF741: Spiritual Formation in Couples and Families.

Spiritual formation will be studied with a scope that expands to the relationship dynamics in couples and families. Developmental, theological, and systems perspectives will be integrated, and implications for clinical work will be given focus. Prerequisites: MF504 and MF505. San Diego only. Two hours.

MF742: Therapy with Children.

Developmental considerations for conducting therapy with preadolescent children will be explored within the systems context. Students will learn a variety of treatment approaches including play, art, sand tray, and group therapies. Legal and ethical issues associated with therapy for minors as well as special characteristics and competencies required for doing therapy with pre-adolescent clients will be explored. Prerequisites: MF504, MF505, and MF506. San Diego only. Two hours.

MF743: Therapy with Adolescents.

Developmental considerations for conducting therapy with adolescents will be explored within the systems context. Students will learn a variety of individual, family, and group treatment approaches. Legal and ethical issues associated with therapy for minors as well as special characteristics and competencies required for doing therapy with adolescent clients will be explored. Prerequisites: MF504, MF505, and MF506. San Diego only. Two hours.

MF744: Therapy with Couples.

Spiritual, developmental, and psychosocial dynamics in couple relationships along with research and theoretical perspectives on therapy with couples will be examined from a systems perspective. Various forms of coupling such as marriage, cohabitation, and gay and lesbian partnering will be examined in light of their particular needs and challenges to the Christian therapist. Prerequisites: MF504, MF505, and MF506. San Diego only. Two hours.

MF745: Therapy with Groups.

Major approaches to group therapy will be presented with an emphasis on process groups. The strategies and techniques as well as the role and characteristics of effective leaders will be explored. Therapy groups will be differentiated from self-help, 12-step, care groups, and other group experiences. The place of group therapy in MFT practice and pastoral care will be examined. Prerequisites: MF504 and MF505. San Diego only. Two hours.

MF746: Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Processes.

Students will explore the spiritual, psychological, and interpersonal processes involved in a wide variety of addictive and compulsive behaviors including sex, gambling, work, substance abuse, religious activity, eating, and relationship compulsivity. This course covers a broader spectrum of compulsive behaviors than MF719 (substance abuse), which deals only with substance abuse and dependence. Prerequisites: MF504, MF505, and MF719. San Diego only. Two hours.

MF747: Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response.

This course focuses on acute emergency mental health intervention that covers the Critical Incident Stress Management fundamentals and protocols needed to respond to emotional trauma associated with natural as well as human-caused disasters and crises such as earthquake, fire, death, suicide, injury, threat, and terror. Steps to lessen the potential negative impact of such crises and the prevention of possible post-trauma syndromes for both the primary and secondary victims of Course descriptions apply to all Bethel locations unless otherwise noted. trauma will be described. Appropriate follow-up services using government and faith-based resources and referrals will be discussed. Students will identify compassion fatigue risk factors and learn self-care strategies. Prerequisites: MF504, MF505, and MF564. San Diego only. Two hours.

MF/TS755: Theology and MFT Theory: An Integrative Seminar.

This course is an investigation of human nature and Christology from both theological and psychological perspectives. Different theories of human nature are considered in relation to a theological understanding of imago dei. The consequences of the fall on the human person and race are appraised theologically and clinically. The effect of redemption from sin through Christ is compared and contrasted to psychopathology and therapeutic effectiveness. Students will contemplate the person and example of Christ and explore ways in which they can be incarnational in practice to bring about change and healing to a hurting humanity. This course will assist M.F.T. students to write the Senior M.F.T. Paper. The class will be team taught by a theology professor and a marital and family therapy professor. Prerequisites: MF504 and TS501. Four hours.