Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy Marriage and Family Therapy Emphasis

Adler Graduate School offers a 60 credit Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. The Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis does include an internship component and prepares students for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in any state. 

With an educational focus on systems/relationships, Marriage and Family Therapy students are prepared to pursue the professional role of a multiculturally-informed, ethically sound psychotherapist who works in a variety of settings serving families, children and adolescents, couples, and individuals.

Adler Graduate School’s Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis is based on the State of Minnesota’s criteria for licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). These therapists are overseen by the Minnesota Board of Marriage & Family Therapy, 2829 University Ave. S.E., Suite 330, Minneapolis, MN, 55414, phone 612-617-2220. The LMFT is recognized in nearly all 50 states.  Graduates interested in practicing in another state should make contact with that state's MFT oversight body. A license in Marriage and Family Therapy is not a national license. The Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) will provide access to each State’s Regulatory body. Students are encouraged to check the educational requirements and licensing requirements for the state in which they live or plan to practice. 

Marriage and Family Therapy Course Requirements:

500Principles of Research

3

503Introduction to the Counseling Profession

3

504Abnormal Psychology & DSM 5

3

505Developmental Psychology

3

511Foundations of Adlerian Psychology

3

512Introduction to Professional Writing and Portfolio

2

513Comparative Theories of Personality & Psychotherapy

3

516Foundations of Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders

3

521Values, Ethics and Legalities

2

521.4Values, Ethics & Legalities in Marriage and Family Therapy

1

523Multi-Cultural Counseling

3

525Essential Interviewing Skills

3

528Didactic (Individual)

0

529Didactic (Group)

0

532Group Psychotherapy and Counseling

3

533Clinical Assessment

3

534Behavioral Neuroscience

3

541Theories of Family Therapy

3

542Couples Counseling

3

543Family Therapy

3

544Counseling Children and Adolescents

3

562Foundations of Career Development

3

604Portfolio Defense

1

620Advanced Seminar in Counseling: Human Sexuality

1

*Students must take 534 OR 544

Field Experience Requirements:

Students are required to complete a total of 700 hours with a minimum of 300 client contact (face-to-face) hours, including at least 150 relational hours. Students must take 3 credits of 948.

946Introduction to Field Experience - Marriage and Family Therapy

1

947Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy

1

948Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy

1