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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 share the premise that human behavior occurs within family, social, and cultural contexts. We work with individuals, couples, families, and community groups.

Seeking Our Next MCFT Cohort!

The Marriage, Couple, & Family Therapy program is looking for a group of students committed to social equity in the practice of family therapy. We value bringing together therapists-in-training who have a wide variety of experiences in order to learn from each other. We are looking for a rich mix of students who are open to exploring the impact of their own societal context on their future work. We invite applicants from all social classes, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, nations of origin, ages, religions, and abilities to apply. 

Students in the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program draw on knowledge from many different disciplines and experiences. Though most applicants hold degrees in psychology, family and human development, or related fields, applicants with other backgrounds will be considered. Applicants who do not have at least 12 semester units of prior coursework related to human behavior may be required to add additional courses to their program of study.

Why MCFT at Lewis & Clark?

Watch the video below to hear why from three current students.


Advising and Contact Information

Program Director: Carmen Knudson-Martin, Ph.D.,
Clinical Coordinator:Jessica Thomas, Ph.D,
Program Faculty: Teresa McDowell, Ed.D.,
                                Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe, Ph.D.,                           
                                 Marisol Garcia, Ph.D.,
                                 Lana Kim, Ph.D.,

Adjunct Faculty

Summer Brown, MS; Sarah Ellenwood, MA; Morgan Fitz Gibbon, MA; Lynn Fontana, PhD; Matthew Geraths, MA; Marcia Michaels, PhD; Stace Parlen, MA; Justin Rock, MA; Adam Rodriguez, PsyD; Erin Runt, MA

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.

Graduation and Completion Data

Each year approximately 35 students begin the 3-year, full time program. The table below shows what percentage of these students graduate and attain MFT licensure. 

Minimum Time to Complete Program: 3 Years
Advertised Program Length: 3 Years
Maximum Time to Complete Program: 5 Years
Time After Graduation for MFT License in Oregon: At Least 3 Years

Year Entered # Enrolled % Graduated in 3 Years % Graduated in 5 Years # Grads Working in Field/# Who Provided Info National MFT Exam Pass Rate % Grads Licensed MFTs
2007 23 52% (12) 57% (13) 12/12 (100%) 100% 46%
2008 22 55% (12) 59% (12) 12/12 (100%) 87.5% 58%
2009 22 68.2% (15) 77% (18) 15/15 (100%) 100% 66.7%
2010 14 85.7% (13) 100% (14) 13/13 (100%) 100% 69%
2011 33 79% (26) 85% (28) 21/21 (100%) 100% 33.3%
2012 38 89% (34) 95% (35) 30/32 (93%) 100% 25%
2013 30 80% (24) N/A 22/23 (96%) 100% N/A
2014 39 87% (34) N/A 25/29 (86%) N/A N/A
2015 37 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016 37 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2017 28 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Students graduate in August. Employment report by end of December (i.e., employment within four months of graduation). Includes those who intentionally take a break.