Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy


 

At Alliance Graduate School of Counseling (AGSC), our Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program provides a comprehensive academic and training foundation for students seeking to become clinicians in mental health settings where they will provide therapy for individuals, couples, and families. The heart of our MFT program is to train Christian specialists who can provide needed prevention, intervention, and healing for those hurting in our turbulent and broken world.

Additionally, this program is designed to meet educational requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in New York State. Graduates are eligible to seek employment towards meeting the supervised experience required for licensure.

Why Study Marriage and Family Therapy at AGSC?
  • Breadth and Depth: We expose our students to a deeper and broader theory base than most other graduate programs.

  • Urban Relevancy: Our proximity to New York City gives our students the opportunity to explore, understand, and support various clinical issues relevant to the urban context and beyond.

  • Diversity: Our faculty and students make AGSC an ethnically diverse academic community. We also have students from a wide variety of denominations and Christian traditions.

  • Clinical Exposure: As an intern, you’ll be exposed to a variety of training contexts and explore various areas of MFT specializations. Theory will come to life as you watch faculty members conduct live therapy sessions with individuals, couples, and families in our observation facility.

  • Preventative Enrichment: While most MFT programs focus solely on fixing what’s broken, we also emphasize enrichment and proactive practices for individuals, couples, and families.

  • Personal Transformation: At AGSC we facilitate personal and relational growth. We encourage our students to apply what they learn in their own lives, because we know that we cannot lead people to places we are unwilling to go to ourselves.

  • Spiritual Integration: We integrate spirituality in general, and Christian faith in particular, throughout our courses and encourage our students to understand particular theories and practices through a Christian worldview.

What Will I Study?

Our MFT program is a biblically grounded, Christian program that focuses on the dynamics of individual, interpersonal, family, marital/couple, and parent/child relationships.

At AGSC, we give students broad exposure to the field of MFT as well as more detailed exposure to areas of specialization that they can go into. We have psycho-educational prevention classes as well as upper level courses that are typically taught in doctoral programs. Students can study areas of specialization in MFT such as play therapy, sex therapy, and medical family therapy.

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, students can work in faith-based counseling agencies, Christian organizations, and church settings as a pastor or director of a family life ministry that focuses on enrichment programming with some counseling.

Upon obtaining their MFT license, our students are prepared to work in both faith-based and community-based counseling agencies as well as hospitals and schools.

Our Graduates

Graduates of our MFT program are grounded in Christian principles that are integrated with foundational marriage and family theory and practice. They are prepared to work in a wide range of faith-based and non-faith-based academic and non-academic settings, delivering care from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective for individuals, couples, and families.

A number of our former students are now working as educators or pastors. More that fifty percent are pursuing their license or are already licensed and practicing as marriage and family therapists. We also have several students who are currently (or will soon be) in a doctoral program.

Key Faculty
  • Dr. Andrew Mercurio (Director)

  • Dr. Ching-Ching Ruan

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Credits:  61
Standard Completion Time:  2 years (full-time) or 3 years (part-time)
Specialized Accreditation: COAMFTE (Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education)

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT DATA

STUDENT TESTIMONIAL

“I can not overstate how superior the program at AGSC was. The classes were both stimulating and rigorous; the environment was very supportive; and the hours of observation and internship helped to flesh out what we were learning in the classroom and really prepared me for the ‘real world’ of counseling. I am thriving today due to the education I received at AGSC.”

Steve Dorsey, Class of 2014