Marriage, Couple, & Family Therapy
Family therapy is a distinct profession with its own history, theories, models, professional organizations and journals. Family therapists are generalists in that we typically treat a wide variety of psychological, emotional, and relational problems.
We work with individuals, couples, families, and community groups. The hallmark of family therapy is our systemic and social constructionist approaches, as well as our preferred inclusion of multiple people in the therapeutic process. Family therapists share the premise that human behavior occurs within family, social, and cultural contexts. We understand thoughts, feelings and behaviors/interactions as interrelated across individual, family, community, societal, and global systems. This includes acknowledging individual psychological, physiological and genetic factors as well as family and other relational patterns of interaction. Importance is placed on understanding how race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, abilities, language, country of origin, and other social identities/locations interconnect to maintain systems of power and privilege. Family therapists are concerned with how these contextual factors influence well-being and are committed to challenging social structures that maintain individual and family problems.
Advising and Contact Information
Program Director: Carmen Knudson-Martin, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical Coordinator: Matthew Lovell, MA, LMFT, email@example.com
Program Faculty: Teresa McDowell, Ed.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe, Ph.D., email@example.com
Marisol Garcia, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
Adjunct Faculty: Layne Prest, Ph.D., Maru Serricchio, MFTI-ATR
Resources for MCFT Students
AAMFT web site
Oregon Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
The International Family Therapy Association website
Oregon State information on Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure
Information on the MFT national exam
Psychologists for Social Responsibility
The Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy Program at Lewis & Clark College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), 112 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 838-9808. As part of the accreditation process, the program regularly reviews program outcomes and student achievement.
Each year approximately 35 students begin the 3-year, full time program. The table below shows what percentage of these students graduate and progress toward MFT licensure.
|MCFT Program Student Achievement Data|
|Advertised Program Length: 3 Years|
|Maximum Time to Complete Program: 5 Years|
|Year Entered Program||Graduation Rate||National Exam Pass Rate*||Licensure Rate**|
|2005 - 2006||75.00%||100.00%||33.33%|
|2006 - 2007||72.3%||100.00%||37.50%|
|2007 - 2008||50.00%||100.00%||7.69%|
|2008 - 2009||73.68%||100.00%||42.86%|
|2009 - 2010||75.00%||100.00%||16.67%|
|2010 - 2011||93.00%||100.00%||N/A|
|2011 - 2012||80.00%||100.00%||N/A|
|2012 - 2013||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|2013 - 2014||N/A||N/A||N/A|
*All students are required to take and pass the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Board’s (AMFTRB) exam to graduate from the program. 100% of graduates receive a passing score on the AMFTRB practice exam.
**This number is based only on those students we were able to contact and does not include those whose names may have changed or who may have moved without forwarding contact information. It takes several years of full time work after graduation before graduates are eligible to apply for licensure.