To equip church leaders and mental health practitioners through studies in marriage and family systems theory, theological issues and psychology to create positive change in families, individuals and church communities.Â
- To equip students to assess individuals, couples, families, and congregations from an integrated point of view, incorporating theological issues with Marriage and Family systems theory and pertinent psychological perspectives.
- Train students to provide integrated psychological and spiritual enrichment programs and counseling services.
- Prepare students in advanced counseling skills appropriate to meet the needs of individuals, couples, families, and congregations seeking mental health services and programs.
- Enable students to undertake an in-depth process of self-reflection designed to transform their personal and professional development.
- Focused: The degree emphasizes prevention and growth in its approach to marriage and family training, while also providing training in contemporary therapeutic and diagnostic skills.
- Enriching: Students are expected to be committed to deepening and revitalizing their own spiritual growth, marriages and/or family relationships, and are helped with this goal through exposure to resources and program components that promote effective communication, problem-solving, and peer support.
- Blended online and residency instruction: Residency instruction embedded in each term is followed by online work and individual instruction.
- Inter-Disciplinary: The program is rooted in a biblical worldview that recognizes the reality of sin as well as the possibility of forgiveness and healing and that integrates this perspective with theory and research from the behavioral sciences.
- Practical: The degree offers practical application skills for the diverse communities in which students serve. Students can tailor assignments to meet the needs and interests of their current professional setting.
A new cohort begins each May.Â Note: Curriculum Changes will be in place for Fall 2014