About the Program
The Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Program at the Valdosta State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Training and Education (COAMFTE). The MFT program at VSU was first accredited by COAMFTE in 2006 and received an accreditation renewal in 2013.
Students from all over the nation have recognized the outstanding training and excellent value of our department. We have attracted students from all over the country—39 states and counting! We have also had students from Belize, Brazil, China, and Tunisia. As of 2015, our Student-to-Faculty ratio is 10 students per faculty member.
The 60 credit 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—a full-time, two year program or a part-time, three or four year program—was developed to meet the accreditation standards of the Commission for Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education and includes 42 credits didactic coursework and 18 credits supervised clinical practice. You can visit our Course Descriptions page to read a description of each course. In addition, when students have completed the majority of their coursework, they must pass the Comprehensive Exam.
Theory and practice are linked throughout training. Students are required to accrue 500 hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of AAMFT approved supervision. To do this, students work face-to-face with clients doing therapy at FamilyWorks, a student-run, university-based Family Therapy clinic operated by the Marriage and Family Therapy program. In addition, students are encouraged to work with clients at internships through mental health agencies in communities throughout the region. The Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy provides weekly individual and small group supervision. We emphasize helping each student find his or her own therapeutic voice. Each student receives individual and small group supervision that includes working as a co-therapist with fellow students or with a faculty member, direct observation using our video monitoring system, or review of video or audio taped therapy sessions.
If you would like to hear the fascinating history of MFT in Georgia as told by one of its founders, Carl Johnson, then you should check out this video.