Why Study Marriage and Family Therapy?
The M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy prepares students for service as licensed Marriage and Family Therapists who are clinically skilled and who integrate Christ in their professional and personal lives.
All of the faculty bring a unique relational piece to this program. They accept us as we are and they accept us where we are along our trajectory in life.— Billy Cleary, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy
For Marriage and Family Therapist Dr. David Van Dyke, who directs Wheaton College’s M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Valentine’s Day is more than a romantic holiday...
Why MFT at Wheaton?
We aim to form clinicians who are competent in their clinical skills by providing assessment and treatment from a systemic perspective in the way they conceptualize, plan and carry out interventions in their treatment of individuals, couples, families and groups.
Students are instructed from an ethical, legal, and respectful standard of therapeutic practice in working with clients and greater systems. Our desire is for students to seek and respond appropriately to supervision from experienced mental health professionals in the field during their clinical experience in the greater Chicagoland area.
(Student Learning Outcome 1)
We hold that relationships from a biblical, systemic, and personal perspective are vital to human development to initiate change in the family system.
Students will demonstrate self-awareness and emotional regulation by processing through their experience of family background and cultural context. In doing so, students will learn to communicate effectively about such matters with clients, colleagues, faculty, and supervisors.
Faculty, students, and alumni seek recursive involvement through educational investment, living out our mission, and commitment to each other, our churches, and our greater communities
(Student Learning Outcome 2)
Even with the rigor of academia, we implement ways we can be of service to those around us; whether that is in our local church, family, the academic program and cohort, or in the community.
First year Master’s Students have the opportunity to observe therapy at local clinics. Second year Master’s Students are placed at various clinical practicum sites throughout the Chicagoland area providing counseling to communities who may otherwise not be able to receive such services.
(Student Learning Outcome 3)
In joining people in therapy, our personhood is the clinician’s greatest tool. How we understand and live out our faith, how our faith influences our practices, and what happens when faith and practice collide are all questions we tussle with together in class and outside of class. We discuss openly various views on the nature of God, personhood, brokenness, and healing so that we can understand how our faith and learning shapes our clinical practice.
(Student Learning Outcome 4)
The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Wheaton College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).
Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
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Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Graduates from our accredited program are license eligible across the country. Our program's accreditation will ensure that you will meet the accepted standards established by the marriage and family therapy profession, and will be prepared for the national and/or state examination. It will also help you facilitate obtaining a license when you move from one state to another by providing a recognized qualifying degree.
COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data
*Information will become available for each cohort after minimum/advertised time for graduation has elapsed (2 years from each respective cohort’s start date of program)
**Job Placement Rates are calculated based on number of graduates who self-reported on job placement status
***National Exam Pass Rates are calculated based on number of graduates eligible to sit for the exam (in their respective state of licensure) who sat for the national exam and who self-reported on national exam pass rate