Marriage and Family Therapy

About Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and family therapists provide relational therapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. They are licensed professionals who are qualified to evaluate and treat a range of emotional and mental disorders, among them marital problems, child-parent issues, anxiety and depression. The marriage and family therapy program at Valdosta State University is guided by a commitment to diversity and the belief that the differences that make up the weave of humanity must be embraced and cherished.

Marriage and Family Therapy at Valdosta State University

The marriage and family therapy program at Valdosta State has a predominantly clinical focus, with numerous opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning. During the first year of the program, all students participate in weekly service learning at FamilyWorks, Valdosta State’s student-run family therapy clinic. Students have the opportunity to further expand their field experience by serving as ambassadors for FamilyWorks, going into the community and raising awareness about family therapy. In their second year of the program, students take one continuous year of clinical work and many students also complete internships at various agencies throughout the region. Throughout the program, students work closely with faculty, receiving invaluable individual and small group supervision.

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.S.)

About the Marriage and Family Therapy Curriculum

M.S.

The Master of Science Degree in marriage and family therapy prepares students for licensure as marriage and family therapists in Georgia and other states and for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The curriculum includes both academic coursework and supervised clinical practice, and students are required to accrue 600 hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of AAMFT-approved supervision. Students in the program are prepared to engage in an active, positive approach to therapy that will help individuals and their families build on their strengths, improve communication and develop solutions to their problems.

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Careers*

  • Caseworker
  • Child/family psychologist
  • Clinical therapist
  • Clinician
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Marriage counselor
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • School counselor
  • Social worker
  • Substance abuse counselor

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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