Western Seminary M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy MFT

Program Objectives

Degree Options

Western Seminary offers five counseling degree options through the Portland campus:

In addition to the Seminary's general educational goals, the counseling program endeavors to achieve the following:

Core Objectives

  1.  Equip counselors for ministry in and through the Church;
  2.  Integrate biblical and theological foundations with the insights of psychology and practical counseling strategies
  3.  Promote growth in Christian maturity demonstrated through effective interpersonal relationships
  4.  Prepare individuals who are seeking state licensure.

The specific competencies we endeavor for our students to obtain are listed below.

Master of Arts in Counseling, Core Competencies

Upon completing the core M.A. Counseling curriculum, each M.A. student shall possess:

BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING
  • BE an individual that applies Biblical truth to life and ministry through appropriately utilizing Biblical interpretation of scriptures
THEOLOGICAL DISCERNMENT
  • BE a learner that employs advanced theological thinking and integrates a Gospel-centered worldview to the combination of social and biblical studies
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS & EMOTIONAL HEALTH
  • BE an individual that demonstrates social awareness, social cooperation, sensitivity to diversity, and teamwork. We desire students to demonstrate self-awareness, self-expression, and the ability to care for themselves
SPIRITUAL GROWTH
  • BE a person who demonstrates ongoing, Gospel-centered personal and spiritual formation and utilizes life events in a pattern of growth
INTELLECTUAL SKILLS
  • BE a learner who demonstrates adequate theorectical knowledge, practical application of theory, and an adequate fund of content knowledge
COUNSELING SKILLS
  • BE a counselor who shows clinical competencies through the ability to build therapuetic alliance and demonstrates adequate breadth of clinical skill in technique, including cross culturally.
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
  • BE an intern whom demonstrates application of training to internship tasks, integrates supervisory input into clinical work, and engages cooperatively in supervision relationship as well as display consistent behavior in accordance with professional ethical standards.