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Master of Arts in Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy

As a concentration of our Master’s in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy is based on the scientific findings that individuals and their problems are best seen in their context, and that the most important context is the family. You will study psychotherapy and family systems, and focus on understanding your clients’ symptoms and the interaction patterns with others that may contribute to the problems they are experiencing.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), you will examine sex-role stereotyping, its origins and consequences within the family, culture and society; examine family system-oriented therapies with children and adolescents; and understand the ethical principles, laws and regulations relating to the practice of marriage, family and child therapy.

Ottawa University’s Master’s in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy meets requirements for Arizona licensure as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) as well as a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT).

Career opportunities as a marriage and family therapist include:
  • Community mental health centers
  • Family counseling centers
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Residential schools
  • Hospice programs
  • Private practice


For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.
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