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Counseling Psychology

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: Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe, Ph.D., pilarhw@lclark.edu
Clinical Coordinator: Matthew Lovell, MA, LMFT., mlovell@lclark.edu
Program Faculty: Teresa McDowell, Ed.D., teresamc@lclark.edu
                              Marisol Garcia, Ph.D., mgarcia@lclark.edu

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 

Accreditation

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.

MCFT Program Student Achievement Data

Cohort Year

# Began Program

# Changed Program

# Not Completed (withdrew or currently active)

# Graduated from Program

# of Graduates Who Sat for the National Exam*

# of Graduates Who Passed the National Exam**

Fall 2010-Spring 2011

14

1

1 (A)

12

Data not available

Data not available

Fall 2011-Spring 2012

35

2

32 (A)

1 (W)

-

Fall 2012-Spring 2013

37

3

34 (A)

-

In 2014, program data was retrieved from our student information system for this table. This is the official database for student records, thus any earlier versions of this table should be discarded. We have improved the systematic process for obtaining consistent, accurate student information as part of our continuous improvement.

*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. 

**The program does not have complete data of licensure rates because graduates do not update their contact information with Lewis & Clark (e.g., change their last names, move, etc).

# of Graduates Who Sat for the National Exam* # of Graduates Who Passed the National Exam**
Data not available Data not available