The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at OBU will host a virtual information session Monday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. Attendees will meet professors, learn about OBU’s Master of Science in marriage and family therapy, and speak with current MFT students. Attendees will also take a virtual tour of the University's state-of-the-art Kemp MFT Clinic. Register for the event.
The MFT program at OBU trains students to provide therapeutic services from a relational and systemic perspective in counseling agencies, private practice, schools, hospitals, churches and other settings. The MFT program equips marriage and family therapists for the compassionate, ethical practice of therapy with a diverse, multi-cultural and global society.
A marriage and family therapy degree is similar to a counseling degree but much more specialized. The curriculum teaches students how to solve problems within relationships with specific insight into marriages and families. The job of the marriage and family therapist is to identify those underlying factors that contribute to frequent problems and arguments, then work with the family to try to resolve them. Marriage and family therapy operates using a systemic approach, acknowledging that all members of a family and all parts of the family system interact with each other in a dynamic way. Thus, in order for members within the system to heal, the entire system must be addressed through therapy.
After getting to the root of these problems, the marriage and family therapist offers 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.
Classes are offered in person on the University’s Shawnee campus. Students may complete the program in two, three or four years, depending on what track and pace works best for each student.
Learn more about the master’s degree in marriage and family therapy or register for the free online info session.