Medical Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate
The Certificate in Medical Family Therapy is a 15-hour post-graduate certificate program that emphasizes family therapy in medical settings, and prepares students to work in a variety of areas.
Certificate in Medical Family Therapy
The Certificate in Medical Family Therapy is a 15-hour post-graduate certificate program that emphasizes family therapy in medical settings. A combination of online coursework and field practicum experiences provides MFT professionals with additional training to expand their practice into medical settings. Medical family therapy is an approach to healthcare utilizing a biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective that is informed by systems theory and spans across a variety of clinical settings. In medical family therapy, the patient’s interpersonal relationships are viewed as playing a key role in their health, and collaboration exists between the medical family therapist and other healthcare professionals.
Why the Certificate in Medical Family Therapy at ACU?
- The Department of Marriage and Family Studies at ACU has been providing professional training in marriage and family therapy since 1978.
- The medical family therapy specialization is growing rapidly, and the current health care system creates expanded opportunities for medical family therapists to participate in collaborative health care.
- Marriage and family therapists who work in medical settings earn, on average, $2,500 more per year than therapists practicing in more traditional settings.
- Online coursework combined with the partnership between ACU and CitySquare provides the location for a transformative educational experience, while allowing flexibility and making the program available to students across the nation and the world.
The program consists of 15 credit hours including a 6-month Medical Family Therapy practicum. Coursework can be completed online, with two three-day residencies at ACU at CitySquare in Dallas, Texas. A cohort of students will begin the program each August with an average completion time of one year. Approved practicum sites in the DFW area are available to local students. Students living elsewhere while completing the certificate are responsible for identifying their own practicum sites and supervisors according to guidelines established by the program.
This program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.