Wheaton’s MFT degree program strives to equip the whole person by offering a unique blend of systemic education, clinical training/supervision, personal and professional development, and spiritual growth, all within a cohort model. Relationship is at the heart of all we do, as we believe it is within the context of relationship that we both change and are changed.— Dr. David Van Dyke, Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy Program Director
The Wheaton MFT Program has five main outcomes (POs), which correlate with our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Faculty Outcomes (FOs), align with our mission statement, and were developed from the Professional Marriage and Family Therapy Principles (PMFTPs). The PMFTPs informing our program include the Marriage and Family Therapy Educational Guidelines and Core Competencies as developed by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the AAMFT Code of Ethics, and the laws and regulations of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).
Program Outcomes (POs)
The Wheaton MFT Program has five Program Outcomes (POs), which convey our overarching vision for our program and correlate with our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Faculty Outcomes (FOs).
The POs are as follows:
- PO1: The program will provide adequate clinical progress of students preparing for service as marriage and family therapist professionals (SLO1: Clinical Competency; FO1; FO2).
- PO2: The program will support alumni as licensed marriage and family therapists and/or serving the church (SLO1: Clinical Competency; FO1; FO2).
- PO3: The program will encourage faculty and student involvement in program development, program governance, and community connection (SLO2: Relational Competency; FO1; FO2).
- PO4: The program will attend to the needs of diverse populations and the underserved in church, missional and community settings (SLO3: Interpersonal Justice; FO3).
- PO5: The program will integrate systemic thinking with Christianity (SLO4: Christian Distinctiveness; FO4).
Faculty Outcomes (FOs)
The Wheaton MFT Program’s Faculty Outcomes (FOs) are derived from the program’s mission and the College’s expectations for faculty as part of the academe. They express faculty’s commitment to excellence as clinicians and teachers who are passionate about diversity and who strive to live out integration in both their personal and professional lives.
The FOs are as follows:
- FO1: Faculty will maintain a professional and clinical identity as Marriage and Family Therapists.
- FO2: Faculty will demonstrate evidence of excellent in teaching, scholarship and service to the institution and program.
- FO3: Faculty will demonstrate evidence of and sensitivity for interpersonal justice as they contribute as MFT professionals to the church, diverse populations, and the underserved.
- FO4: Faculty will demonstrate evidence of Christian faith integration and involvement in their local church and community.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
The Wheaton MFT Program’s Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are based in the program’s and college’s missions and are organized around equipping students who are clinically competent, have a holistic view of growth within the context of relationship both personally and professionally, care for the underserved, and understand the intersection of faith and systemic thought.
The SLOs are as follows:
- SLO1: Clinical Competency: Students will demonstrate knowledge of systemic approaches and treatment of clients and client systems.
- SLO2: Relational Competency: Students will demonstrate self-awareness regarding emotions, communication, and contexts as they impact themselves and others.
- SLO3: Interpersonal Justice: Students will demonstrate sensitivity and respect regarding diversity and those on the margins.
- SLO4: Christian Distinctiveness: Students will integrate biblical and theological knowledge and professional ethics with systemic theory.