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The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) is designed to provide specialized training for students who desire to work specifically with couples and families, as well as individuals in the context of the family. This degree fulfills the academic requirements in most states for licensure in marriage and family therapy (LMFT); licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors; clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT); and membership in the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, a professional society of the American Counseling Association.

Using both a systems theory perspective and a Christian theology integrationist perspective, students develop the knowledge and skills to practice marriage and family therapy. Marriage and family therapists serve the church, community, and society at large in a variety of roles such as education, administration, marriage and family therapist, minister of family life and counseling, parent trainer, youth minister, pastor or teacher, business leader, public relations, and many varied settings in which counseling is needed. Marriage and family therapists work with a varied population presenting with problems such as family crisis, conduct disorder, eating disorders, marital distress, sexual issues, bereavement, family trauma, various forms of addictions, anxiety and depression, financial and occupational issues, and spiritual concerns.

With the mounting pressures facing couples and families, the demand for well trained, competent MFTs is expected to increase. The distinguished Richmont faculty helps students gain competence in Christian theology, counseling, and spiritual formation to address the whole person and to move the hurting family system toward healthy functioning.

The MAMFT is provided through a traditional day program over two, three or four years.

Beyond the theological and integration training offered in all Richmont graduate degrees, the MAMFT includes significant training in professional marriage and family therapy.

The MAMFT may also be combined with the other certifications. Certifications strengthen the student’s abilities to work with specific client populations. The following certifications within the MAMFT are offered. The Certification will be printed as a separate document to the graduate’s diploma.

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Christian Sex Therapy
  • Spirituality and Counseling
  • Trauma Counseling

Richmont Graduate University is founded on principles that adhere to National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith appearing below. This statement has been affirmed by more than seventy denominations and thus represents a broad evangelical consensus. All faculty members affirm this statement, and students who attend the Richmont will be taught from a Christian perspective.

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whom the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe God’s redemptive purpose will be consumated by the return of Christ to raise the dead, judge all people and establish His glorious kingdom.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
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