Promote Peace and Harmony

Become a professional and ethical psychotherapist with a multicultural, trauma-informed, and ethically sound lens. Through hands-on training, impactful fieldwork, and faculty mentorship, you’ll gain a holistic, system-based perspective to treating relational and interpersonal issues in children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. This program, like all AGS programs, promotes social interest, advocacy, and harmony within yourself and your practice.

Powerful Integrated Curriculum

This 60-credit master’s program features expert-led coursework, internship experience, and an electronic portfolio that showcases all you’ve learned. Full-time students can complete the program in approximately two years. Courses are offered:

  • on campus, face-to-face
  • online, both synchronous and asynchronous
  • in flexible hybrid formats for your convenience

Find Your Mentor

The diverse faculty is the foundation of the Adler Graduate School learning experience. Our faculty are:

  • passionate educators with online teaching expertise
  • long-time mental health professionals with an array of clinical, leadership, and research experience
  • dedicated to supporting your success

Click here to learn more about our faculty.

Licensure Information

Our program prepares you to meet licensure requirements for the licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) credential in MN. Does our program meet licensure requirements in your state? Visit the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy website for state-specific information.

Your Future

At Adler Graduate School, you’ll experience professional growth and personal transformation. Our graduates build successful and meaningful careers with lifelong support from AGS.

A Day In the Life

Your special training in both psychotherapy and family systems can help couples or family members overcome challenging situations, cope with mental or emotional issues, or reconcile differences. You’ll address how behaviors of all family or relationship members affect individuals, and may perform individual counseling and diagnose or uncover untreated or undertreated mental health conditions. LFMTs typically see clients for a short time. You’ll work with clients to outline achievable goals for your time together.

Professional Settings

  • Mental health clinics
  • Private practice
  • Hospitals—both inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Social services
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Corrections
  • Hospice care centers
  • Community settings

Field Work

Practicum

Hands-on experience is key to your success as a licensed mental health professional. All marriage, couples, and family counseling emphasis students are required to complete 700 hours of field experience, including:

  • 100 hours of practicum with 40 hours of direct client contact.
  • 300 direct client contact hours
  • At least 150 relational hours

Internships

Practice your skills in a clinical setting. All internships are supervised by a licensed mental health professional.

  • 600 hours of clinical internship
  • 260 hours of direct client contact

Required Courses

Please refer to our course catalog for the most up-to-date course requirements.

Program Outcomes

All Master of Arts Degree in Counseling students graduate with the key skills of a Marriage, Couple, and Family Counselor:

  • Social Justice and Advocacy: demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and practices to deliver culturally appropriate counseling services, advocate for clients, and understand how to influence policy to enhance the practice of clinical mental health counseling.
  • Professional Identity: show a commitment to their identity as counselors through membership and activities in professional organizations, and through ethical behavior in their work with clients and other professionals.
  • Counseling, Prevention, and Intervention: demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and theory-based practices of culturally appropriate diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention in promoting the well-being of marriages, couples, and families.
  • Assessment and Diagnosis: demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and practices of culturally appropriate and holistic clinical assessment and diagnosis of both psychopathology and normal developmental challenges, including appropriate use of diagnosis during trauma-causing events.
  • Ethical Decision Making: demonstrate competent use of ethical frameworks and methods to make ethical decisions across clinical care settings.
  • Research and Evaluation: competently and critically evaluate clinical mental health counseling research, demonstrate understanding of evidence-based treatments and outcome evaluation, and apply appropriate models of program evaluation.

Next Steps?

It’s time to take the next step in your journey. Choose yours below.

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