Argosy University Programs

Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Arts

MA, Marriage & Family Therapy

Program Information

The Master of Arts (MA) degree in Marriage & Family Therapy program at Argosy University, Chicago recognizes the need to provide marriage and family therapists with the extensive knowledge and range of skills necessary to function effectively in their profession. The program introduces students to basic skills that integrate systemic theoretical foundations of marriage and family therapy into appropriate client interaction and intervention skills. The program is designed to emphasize the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills essential in the formation of marriage and family therapists who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services. This degree in marriage and family therapy has been developed by the school faculty members to provide working students with the opportunity to pursue personal and professional goals through completion of a master’s degree program.

The master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy program is committed to educating and training students to enter a professional career as master’s-level practitioners who can function ethically and effectively as skilled professionals with demonstrated knowledge of social and cultural diversity. This goal is achieved through a curriculum designed to integrate basic therapy, and practicum/field experience into appropriate client interaction and intervention skills for utilization in a wide variety of settings with diverse clients.

Marriage and family therapy is recognized by the Public Health Service Act as one of the five core mental health professions, and the National Institute of Mental Health accepts marriage and family therapists as qualified mental health professionals.

Program Outcomes
Program Outcome One: Theoretical Knowledge
Competency 1. Apply principles and constructs of various systems theories in marriage and family practice.

Program Outcome Two: Clinical Knowledge
Competency 1. Apply family therapy skills and techniques to structure and direct therapy, help clients to find solutions, identify strengths, and stay engaged in the therapeutic process.

Program Outcome Three: Individual Development and Family Relations
Competency 1. Integrate the relationship between individual development and family lifespan development within the context of the various schools of family therapy and real world in?uences.

Program Outcome Four: Professional Identity and Ethics
Competency 1. Develop professional identity consistent with professional attitudes and behaviors outlined in the AAMFT Code of Ethics, and applicable laws and regulations.

Program Outcome Five: Research
Competency 1. Analyze research, and translate research findings for improvement of family therapy services using statistics and program evaluation methods.

Program Outcome Six: Interpersonal Effectiveness
Competency 1. Achieve personal development and demonstrate positive relationship skills via effective communication, respect for others, and awareness of their impact on others.

Enhance your career potential by enrolling in the MA degree in Marriage & Family Therapy program. You can learn more about specific financial aid programs (available to those who qualify) on our Financial Aid & Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.

This degree program is also offered at other Argosy University Locations

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