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Marriage and Family Therapists are the difference that make a difference.


Hello, I am Dr. Martha Laughlin,

Welcome to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. MFT is a clinical field, perhaps the only one of the mental health disciplines in which therapy (and your training) rests on relational/systemic theory. MFT’s believe that human behavior and problems make sense in context, and context includes individuals’ and families’ histories, values, experiences, perspectives, and lifestyles. Family therapists learn to think multi-culturally, appreciating and respecting race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, and gender, to name just a few. For family therapists this is the only ethical way of working with clients. 

Today's family therapists are employed in an array of settings, including private practice, public and private businesses, mental health agencies, schools, hospitals, medical family therapy offices, clinics, geriatrics, police departments, the court system, the Veterans Administration, prisons, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), home-based therapy, and more. It might interest you to know that a 2017 US News and World report Best Job ranking named Marriage and Family Therapy #2 in social service jobs. The job scored highest in the Work-Life Balance and Job Market categories.

On that note, welcome to VSU's vibrant and rigorous Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Our goal is to teach you the art and science of change, particularly systems theory,  multi-cultural competence, systemic ethics (you'll learn about this in one of your first courses) and the AAMFT Code of Ethics. Join us and learn what Family Therapists know how to do!

We invite you to view the VSU MFT Student Achievement Criteria as well as the national Student Achievement Criteria.

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MFT Program faculty members are Clinical or Pre-Clinical Fellows  with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The MFT Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Training and Education (COAMFTE). 

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The Marriage and Family Therapy program is committed to the principle that in no aspect shall there be differences in the treatment of persons because of age, race, ethnicity, cultural background, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, spiritual belief and/or affiliation, sexual orientation, relationship status, socio-economic status, health status, or disability, and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all.