Is Marriage and Family Therapy the Right Program for You?

If you’re considering graduate school and your passion lies in providing competent counseling to individuals, married couples and families while taking into account a Christian perspective, obtaining a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from OBU may be the best choice for you.

What does Marriage and Family Therapy Involve?

No family is perfect, and many marriages and families have underlying issues that contribute to frequent problems and arguments. The job of the Marriage and Family Therapist is to identify those contributing factors and work with the family to try and resolve them. The Marriage and Family Therapist listens to the family and assists in identifying where certain problems may lie.

After getting to the root of some of these problems, the Marriage and Family Therapist can offer guidance and assistance to family members to help the family work through their issues. A Marriage and Family Therapist can help bring families together, teach effective communication methods, and work through differences in an effective way.

“A lot of people choose Marriage and Family Therapy because they understand that when people have problems, they can’t move forward alone. Involving their relationships and their families is the important part of the therapeutic work. If we’re thinking about how we can help people, we want to help them in a way that takes into account those relationships and support systems,” said Dr. Canaan Crane, director of the MFT program at OBU.

“Our program equips you to provide high-quality, competent care to families. You will learn to work with people on both the individual level as well as within their relationship systems. We’ll help equip you to be confident and compassionate as you help people,” Crane said.

Why OBU?

The Marriage and Family Therapy program at OBU has a strong focus on combining a Christian education with a solid Marriage and Family Therapy foundation. We affirm the example of Jesus Christ in our program and professional endeavors, and Christian values are strongly emphasized and integrated into all of the courses and clinical experiences.

Because of this, our students can choose to work in a private practice, a social service office, or a mental health facility. Other options can include working for a church, a Christian-based agency or on the mission field.

“At OBU, we have a dedicated Marriage and Family Therapy program, in which all courses are taught from an MFT perspective by MFT professionals. We are also at a faith-based institution, so we can have regular conversations about the role that faith has in our clients’ lives and in the therapists’ lives, too. We want to answer the call to help heal people in a broken world,” Crane said.

At OBU, our students are taught by expert faculty who are not only experienced in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy, but also are American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisors and licensed as Marital and Family Therapists. OBU’s class schedules allow students to complete this degree in 2-, 3-, or 4-year tracks.

Earning a Marriage and Family Therapy degree can open the door to a fulfilling career. Interested in making a difference in the lives of families and married couples? Apply for our program today. We’re currently offering courses in Shawnee, Broken Arrow and Oklahoma City for Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 starts.