Greetings from the Department Head

Marriage and Family Therapists are the difference that make a difference.

Hello, I am Dr. Kate Warner,

Welcome to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. Although I am the Department Head for the Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy, I am a Family Therapist by training and inclination. MFT is a clinical field, perhaps the only one of the mental health disciplines in which your training focuses specifically on how to facilitate change in individuals, families, and couples.

Today's family therapists are employed in an array of settings, including public and private businesses, mental health agencies, schools, hospitals, medical family therapy offices, clinics, geriatrics, police departments, the court system, the Veterans Administration, prisons, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), home-based therapy private practice, and many more. It might interest you to know that a 2016 US News ranking of best jobs placed MFT's third in the Best Social Services category, and according to a 2012 ranking of the 100 "Best Jobs" by CNN Money, working as a Marriage and Family Therapist is the 42 best job in America. This ranking is higher than several other mental health professions, including clinical psychologists (ranked 55), psychiatrist (ranked 78), and psychiatric nurses (ranked 85). The article estimates that the MFT profession currently has 36,000 jobs, a growth rate of 41.2%, and that its top earners are making around $120,000 annually. In addition, the article notes that the "grades" that MFT's give the quality of their professional lives are "A" in "benefit to society," "B's" for "flexibility," and personal satisfaction," and "C" in "low stress."

 So welcome to VSU's vibrant and growing Marriage and Family Therapy Program and learning the art and science of change! Come join us and learn to do what Family Therapists know how to do!

 We invite you to view the VSU MFT Student Achievement Criteria as well as the national Student Achievement Criteria.


MFT Program faculty members are Clinical Fellows with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The MFT Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Training and Education (COAMFTE). 


The Marriage and Family Therapy program is committed to the principle that in no aspect shall there be differences in the treatment of persons because of age, race, culture, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, social class, or disability, and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all.