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MA in Marriage & Family Therapy: LGBTQ Couple & Family Therapy

Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy program with a specialization in LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy prepares students for therapy careers where they work with clients in the LGBTQ community and their families. Learn more about this online master's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy with a specialization in LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective applicants of this program should be planning on entering a career in marriage and family therapy and be interested in working the members of the LGBTQ community. They must submit a statement of intent, a licensure plan, current CV, and list of possible clinical sites. All applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs must already possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) program with a specialization in LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy offered by Northcentral University provides students with the chance to gain foundational skills in marriage and family therapy (MFT) while studying ways to counsel the unique challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ community. The specialization courses explore the history of LGBTQ families in the U.S., marriage and family therapy models, clinical applications for LGBTQ populations, and challenges faced by transgender and/or cisgender individuals and their families. All MFT students also need to complete a research course and 500 hours of direct client contact prior to graduation.

Learning Format:

Online

Total Credits Required:

The MAMFT program requires 45 Credit Hours; however, some students may need additional credit hours to meet specific state licensure requirements.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loans or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy with a specialization in LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (27 credits)

  • MFT 5101: Foundations for Graduate Study in MFT
  • MFT 5102: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Development in MFT
  • MFT 5103: Systemic Evaluation and Case Management
  • MFT 5104: Treatment Planning and Traditional Family Therapy
  • MFT 5105: Recovery-Oriented Care and Postmodern Family Therapy
  • MFT 6101: Human Development and Family Dynamics Across the Lifespan
  • MFT 6103: Cultural Diversity, Gender, and Family Development
  • MFT 6105: Couple and Sex Therapy
  • MFT 6106: Families in Crisis

LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy Specialization Courses (9 credits)

  • Students choose two of the following:
    • MFT 6540: LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy: Historical and Theoretical Foundations
    • MFT 6541: LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy: Clinical Applications
    • MFT 6542: Transgender Couples and Families
  • MFT 5106: Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice

Clinical Experience Requirements (9 credits)

  • MFT 6951: MFT Practicum I
  • MFT 6952: MFT Practicum II
  • MFT 6991: MFT Internship I
  • MFT 6992: MFT Internship II
  • MFT 6995: MFT Internship and Capstone Presentation

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy program with a specialization in LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy could choose to continue their education in a post-master's certificate or doctoral-level program. These programs could allow them to add an additional area of specialization, meet licensure requirements for certain states, expand their professional expertise, or prepare for research or teaching positions. Some programs graduates could consider include:

  • Post-Master's Certificate in Couple Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Family and Marriage Therapy - General Family Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Family and Marriage Therapy - Couple Therapy
  • Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy - Medical Family Therapy

Career Paths:

After successfully completing this program, graduates may be ready to seek a variety of counseling or therapy positions where they work with members of the LGBTQ community or their families. Depending on the position, they may also need to earn state licensure; specific licensure requirements vary by state. Some potential job titles include:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Family Services Therapist
  • Couples Counselor
  • Marriage Counselor

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