Please note: Applications for ALL counseling degrees (including dual degrees) must be complete and received in the Student Services Office by
February 15 for Fall Admission and October 15 for Spring Admission.
Selected applicants will be invited to a mandatory Group Counseling Interview in March for Fall Admission and November for Spring Admission. Applications received after February 1st will be considered for the next Spring semester. Applications received after October 1st will be considered for the next Fall semester.
The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program provides theological and professional preparation in marriage and family therapy. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
The program consists of religious studies to help students ground themselves in the Judeo-Christian tradition, as well as clinical techniques and theory to undergird clinical work.
The M.A.M.F.T. degree meets State of Indiana academic requirements for licensing of marriage and family therapists. Students in the program receive at least 100 hours of individual and group supervision in practicum; at least 50 hours of that supervision is based on direct observation, video tape or audio tape. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are prerequisites for practicum.
The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy requires 75 semester hours (SH) of required and elective courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.70. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are prerequisites for practicum.
The time to complete a degree depends on the number of hours taken each semester. Typically, full-time students complete the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree over four years, by enrolling in nine semester hours during each spring and fall semester in addition to two terms of summer practicum. A few students have completed the degree in three years. Students have six years in which to complete the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree unless an extension for special circumstances is granted by the Academic Council.
Students must complete 500 hours of marriage and family therapy, of which at least 250 must have more than one other person in the room. Students who matriculated before Fall 2011 must write a satisfactory integrative paper that presents a coherent, constructive statement of the relationship of marriage and family therapy and the ministries of the Jewish and/or Christian community. He or she also must pass an oral examination on that paper. Students must enroll in X-999 during the semester in which this work will be completed.
Students matriculating in Fall 2011 and after will complete the requirements listed below under VI. C. Integration and Competency Assessment and do no complete X-999.
Students matriculating before Fall 2011 may elect to complete X-999A "Self, Systems, and Spirit" which culminates in a clinical capstone presentation in place of X-999.
A. General Studies in Religion (18 hours)
I.THEOLOGICAL BACKGROUND (12 HOURS)
B-501: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (3 SH)
B-502: Introduction to New Testament (3 SH)
T-500: Introduction to Theology (3 SH)
X-___An elective that focuses on the theological understanding of American culture or modern church history from Fields II-IV (3 SH)
II. THEOLOGY AND COUNSELING (6 hours)
**P-510: Practice and Context of Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (3 SH)
and ONE of the following:
P-634: Theological Perspectives on Pastoral & Spiritual Care (3 SH)
P-641: Spirituality and God-Images in Clinical and Cultural Contexts (3 SH)
**Students selecting this option must take P-510 before enrolling in P-823 the start of Practicum II
P-800, 801: Clinical Pastoral Education I (
*Students taking the CPE option must take P-800, P-801, P-520, P-531 & P-637 before enrolling in P-820 Practicum
B. Marriage and Family Therapy Studies (57 hours)
I. THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MARITAL AND FAMILY THERAPY (3
P-621: Integration of Marriage and Family Therapy Theory (3 SH) concurrent with a semester of Practicum
II. ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT IN MARITAL AND FAMILY THERAPY (15 HOURS)
*P-520: Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy (3 SH) *prerequisite for practicum
*P-637: Psychopathology and Assessment (3 SH) *prerequisite for practicum
P-623: Couples Systems Therapy (3 SH)
P-745: Narrative and Collaborative Approaches to Therapy
and ONE of the following:
P-650: Treating Addictive Behaviors (3 SH)
P-774: Psychodynamic Family Therapy (3 SH)
P-775: Short Term Family Therapy(3 SH)
III. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES (9 HOURS)
*P-531: Personality, Human Development and Faith (3 SH) *prerequisite for practicum
P-619: Sexuality, Gender and Culture (3 SH)
and ONE of the following:
P-525: Aging and the Family (3 SH)
P-626: Loss and Mourning (3 SH)
P-646: Families and Larger Systems (3 SH)
P-755: Affect in Human Transformation (3 SH)
IV. ETHICAL AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES (3 HOURS)
P-635: Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice (3 SH)
V. RESEARCH (3 HOURS)
P-770: Basic Research Methodology (3 SH)
VI. SUPERVISED CLINICAL PRACTICE (18 HOURS)
client-contact hours of which
hours must be marriage and family hours, plus
hours of individual and group supervision in practicum and at least 50 hours of that supervision will be based on direct observation, video tape or audio tape.
P-820, 821, 822: Counseling Practicum I (9 SH)
*P-823, 824, 825: Counseling Practicum II (9 SH) *Students not electing A.II must take P-510 before enrolling in P-823
VII. ELECTIVES (6 HOURS)
Two courses from any field
VIII. Integrative and Competency Assessment
X-999A: Self, Systems and Spirit (0 SH)
Portfolio of papers from P-520, P-621 and P-623 or P745 (0 SH)
Christian Theological Seminary's Counseling Center provides quality care for clients, students, faculty and staff in a state-of-the-art facility located on the seminary campus. The facility includes:
Twenty private counseling rooms
Child and Play Therapy area
Personal meditation area
Viewing rooms for supervision
Space for professional and academic conferences
Full ADA compliance
All students are expected to receive psychotherapy during their program. Weekly personal therapy is a prerequisite for practicum admission.. Personal therapy with a gifted clinician assists student therapists in working through problem areas in their own lives that may adversely affect clients and their own participation in an emotionally challenging training program; it provides a unique training experience that helps students understand the process of exploring the depth and interrelationship of systemic and intrapsychic features of human life.
Postgraduate Residency in Supervised Counseling
Indiana licensure laws for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and/or Licensed Mental Health Counselor require a two-year supervised clinical experience following graduation. A candidate for licensure cannot qualify to sit for the license exam without this experience. CTS offers a postgraduate residency aimed at meeting the state licensure requirements and helping the graduate establish a viable clinical practice. Applicants are accepted from CTS masters programs and from academic programs at other approved universities and graduate schools.
Institutional Review Board
Proposals for research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the CTS Institutional Review Board before the work on the project commences. The Board follows generally recognized protocols for IRBs and reports directly to the Academic Dean. It comprises the chair of Field V, the directors of the D.Min., Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling programs, and a community representative who serves at the invitation of the IRB on a volunteer basis.