Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Arts
Students are equipped for a vocation in the mental health sector and in specialized counselling ministries in church and parachurch organizations.
The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) degree
provides a biblically and professionally integrated course of study
that equips students for a vocation in the mental health sector and
in specialized counselling ministries in church and parachurch
organizations. The program is designed to help students meet the
academic requirements for gaining professional recognition as an
Associate Member of the American Association for Marriage and
Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Registry of Marriage and Family
Therapy in Canada (RMFT). Briercrest Seminary is an associate member of the Canadian Professional
Counsellors Association (CPCA), which enables graduates of the MA
Marriage and Family Therapy program to obtain membership with the
The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) has deemed graduates of the MAMFT eligible for membership and certification. In addition, the program is designed to meet the membership requirements of the Professional Association of Canadian Christian Counsellors (PACCC).It should be noted that AAMFT, RMFT, CCPA, and PACCC recognition is independent of Briercrest's program and that it is the responsibility of the student to individually pursue membership upon completion of the degree.
Anticipated Program Outcomes
- Articulate an evangelical theology that demonstrably arises out of Scripture and finds expression in all areas of life and ministry.
- Be equipped for serving in the local church and its global mission.
- Be recognized as a mature disciple of Jesus Christ.
MAMFT graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate that they are equipped with the necessary skills and personal attributes to enter into a ministry of counselling.
- Demonstrate that their practice of counselling meets the highest Christian and professional ethical standards.
- Have met the basic academic qualifications for associate membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Association of Canadian Christian Counsellors.
- Complete the 63 credit hour program of studies as outlined
- Achieve a minimum of a 2.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale
- Complete at least 30 hours of this program through Briercrest
- Successfully complete a Portfolio and Interview
- Receive the recommendation of the seminary faculty
- Complete all program requirements within 10 years of beginning studies
- Meet all financial obligations to the seminary
- Fulfill all academic and financial requirements
Degree Requirements (63 credit hours)
Core (12 credit hours)In consultation with the program coordinator, students will choose one course from each of the following disciplines:
Christian Ministry Formation *
Theology OR History
Marriage and Family Therapy (33 credit hours)
CO 603 Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 606 Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 613 Topics in Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 703 Counselling Problems and Procedures
CO 705 Counselling Ethics
CO 707 Procedures in Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 714 Counselling Systems and Approaches
PSY 607 Child Development
PSY 608 Adolescent Development and Counselling
PSY 611 DSM and Psychopharmacology
PSY 706 Adult Development
Research and Practicums (12-18 credit hours)
PSY 701 Psychological Research Methods
RD 809 Specialty Research Project
OR RD 808 Thesis **
CO 604 Counselling Practicum I ***
CO 605 Counselling Practicum II ***
CO 800 Counselling Internship (300 clinical hours, non-credit)
Electives (6 credit hours)
PRT 800 Learning Portfolio and Interview
* May include CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry; CM
601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry; LE 605 Personal and
** Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and have the approval of the program coordinator in order to qualify to write a thesis.
*** Please speak with your program coordinator before registering for CO 604 Counselling Practicum I or CO 605 Counselling Practicum II.
Please note: Course substitutions to the program major are at the discretion of the program coordinator in consultation with the Registrar. Any course substitutions in the major may impact AAMFT certification. For more information, please contact your program coordinator.
Neil Soggie, PhD