MS in Marital and Family Therapy
The Loma Linda University MFT is one of the most well-established programs in the state of California and has the distinction of being COAMFTE-accredited. There is a strong emphasis on whole person care and interdisciplinary learning. A Christ-centered approach is utilized to promote wellness for individuals and families. The program is based on the values of compassion, integrity, excellence, freedom, and justice. There is a low faculty to student ratio, which allows for significant academic and professional mentoring. A dual degree option is available for those who would like to pursue a DMFT or PhD in the field.
The MFT program is unique in that there are multidisciplinary settings available within Loma Linda University for its students. These include the Loma Linda University Medical Center, Children's Hospital, the inpatient Behavioral Medicine Center, and the outpatient Behavioral Health Institute.
Program and Goals
The MS degree in marital and family therapy is designed to give students an excellent academic and clinical background, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, which prepares students for a professional practice for working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings. These include, but are not limited to, medical, legal, educational, community mental health, managed care, church settings and private practice. Education and training is offered with the purpose of preparing students to be effective with a variety of mental health problems such as co-occurring disorders, serious emotional disorders, crisis care, chronic and/or serious mental illness, child and elder abuse, emancipation issues, and homelessness and complex relational issues. Great care is taken to include training that addresses issues of cross-cultural awareness, diversity, law and ethics, systemic approaches to treatment along with other evidence based modalities, life-span development, family and community systems, community integration for support and resources, collaborative case coordination, and a focus on elimination of discrimination and stigma of mental illness. Education emphasis includes; relational therapy, marriage and couples therapy and systemic practice.
Loma Linda University’s policy on anti-discrimination states the following: The University is committed to equal education and employment opportunities for men and women. While Loma Linda University (LLU) gives preference in its selection processes to students and employees who are aligned with the faith-based mission of the University and the Seventh-day Adventist Church, LLU does not and shall not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, medical condition, physical handicap, mental condition, veteran’s status, or age in the provision of any of its services. In the department of counseling and family sciences, we adhere to this policy and additionally do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of socioeconomic or relationship status.
Accreditation and Licensure
Each faculty member within the department of Counseling and Family Sciences supports the mission, goals and learning outcomes of the Marital and Family Therapy MS program as well as the mission and values of the university. Although our educational backgrounds represent various disciplines, we share a common respect for and belief in systemic-relational thinking and evidence-based practice. This is demonstrated by our efforts in reviewing and voting on individual program policies as well as accreditation, involvement in various ongoing presentation and publication efforts, advocating and modeling a systems-relational perspective in clinical practice and supervision of students both in and outside of the classroom.
The Marital and Family Therapy MS program is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse student, faculty, and supervisor body. We believe that it is this diversity that helps us to provide an open educational environment that seeks to advance the field of Marriage and Family Therapy in consideration of all families. Our current student body demographics are:
Our current faculty and clinical supervisor demographics are: