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., email@example.com
Clinical Coordinator: Matthew Lovell, MA, LMFT, firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Faculty: Teresa McDowell, Ed.D., email@example.com
Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
Marisol Garcia, Ph.D., email@example.com
Adjunct Faculty: Layne Prest, Ph.D., Maru Serricchio, LMFT, 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.