MS-Marriage and Family Therapy
Marriage and family therapy is a recognized mental health discipline specializing in working with children, adolescents, and adults, either individually or together, within the context of systems theories. Unlike other mental health disciplines where you may take one or two classes in how to work holistically and relationally with clients, the entire program focuses the training and education to work within this paradigm. Individuals who complete the academic and clinical requirements earn a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy.
During the program you will be eligible to apply for a training license to practice therapy, and with additional post-degree hours of supervised work experience you can apply for full licensure as a marriage and family therapist. This degree specifically provides graduates with expertise in working with individuals, couples, and families. Additionally, this training also provides excellent preparation for other forms of clinical and administrative work in social and human service agencies.
- Program Highlights
In so many ways the MFT program at Edgewood College embodies the values of the Dominican mission: truth, justice, compassion, partnership, community. Our pursuit to provide education and training based on scholarship and evidence based practice is grounded in the mission of truth. In striving for justice we train our graduates to appreciate, work with, and empower disenfranchised populations. Through the clinical work at our Family Therapy Center we partner with and support other agencies by providing compassionate therapeutic services to those who would otherwise not have access in and around the greater Madison community.
Study without sacrificing your work and home life.
Our classes are held in the evenings year around. Our program offers full-time and part-time class schedules; talk with your advisor about which schedule might work for you and your family. Most students complete the program in two years.
Be part of a unique learning community.
In our cohort-based program, you will have the opportunity to work in a team setting. New cohorts begin each Fall and Spring semester. Enrollment is limited to allow for small class size and individual attention.
Learn from exceptional faculty.
All MFT faculty members have extensive clinical experience in their subject area, and maintain active clinical work in addition to their teaching. This provides students of the program excellent training and instruction by faculty with hands-on, real-world experience in their respective fields. Several of the faculty are nationally recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field and their patients.
Participate in advanced clinical training and internships.
The program includes a 12-month internship where you will work with a variety of individuals, couples and families from the community. In Madison, Edgewood College also operates The Family Center, which provides students with a venue to meet their required clinical hours providing low-cost, high-quality, supportive therapy for individuals, couples and families.
Qualify for licensure
Obtaining your MS-MFT degree at Edgewood College qualifies you to apply for licensure in Wisconsin. Learn more about the requirements and process to receive a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Wisconsin. If you are planning to apply for licensure outside of Wisconsin, we can assist you in that process and answer questions you might have about how your Edgewood College MFT degree and internship experience would meet license requirements in other states.
The Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at Edgewood College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314, (703)838-9808.
- Degree Requirements
To receive the Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, students must have:
- Earned 48 credits in prescribed marriage and family therapy courses;
- Completed the interdisciplinary studies requirements;
- Maintained a 3.00 grade point average in those credits;
- Successfully completed a minimum of 500 clinical contact hours (which must include 300 direct contact hours), plus 100 hours of supervision prior to graduation.
The following sequence of courses has been established for appropriate progress through the program. All courses carry 3 graduate credits. Also an Independent Study course is available if needed and should be arranged with the Director of the Program.
PSY 600 Introduction to Systems Theories - Overview of theories that use metaphors of system, pattern, interaction, and communication to describe human behavior and relationships.
PSY 605 Introduction to Marital and Family Therapy - Review of the history of marital and family therapy and the clinical approaches of interactional therapies. Focuses on basic counseling concepts and skills.
PSY 610 Marital and Family Therapy II - Exploration of techniques of major fields of systems therapy, including structural, strategic, systemic, existential, brief, and others. Prerequisite: PSY 605.
PSY 615 Psychology of Trauma and Stress Disorders - Examines therapeutic strategies with selected trauma and stress-related issues that impact the family, such as physical illness, death, divorce, and persistent mental illness. Prerequisite: PSY 605.
PSY 620 Diversity Through the Lifespan in MFT - Focuses on the diversity of psychosocial development across ethnicity, class, gender, and culture, from childhood through old age. Discusses the implications for interactional therapies.
PSY 625 Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy across the Lifespan - Review of the psychosocial development of sexuality and gender from childhood through old age. Summary of clinical approaches to sexual and gender problems from a systemic perspective.
PSY 630 Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology - Examines psychopathology and personality through the DSM-5. Study of mental and behavioral disorders, diagnosis, and consideration of causes and treatments.
PSY 635 Assessment and Substance Use Disorders in Marital and Family Therapy - Overview of methods and instruments used to define problems and indicate possible treatment approaches. Comparative study of interactional approaches and individual and family dysfunction assessments. Prerequisite: PSY 630.
PSY 655 Marital and Couple Therapy - This course is designed to provide an exploration and application of theories and methods used in marital and couple therapy using a systemic perspective. Major theoretical approaches will be examined to develop a framework within which the student can understand the nature of intimate relationships and the dynamics of marital and couple therapy.
PSY 700 Research Methods - Review of quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry, examining recent marriage and family therapy research studies.
PSY 740 Working with Children and Adolescents - Explores therapeutic techniques for approaching children, adolescents and their parents. Designed to both provide exposure to basic observational and therapeutic techniques, a systemic framework for intervening in common family patterns, and to provide a model for designing custom interventions based on observed dynamics.
PSY 745 Multidisciplinary Collaboration and Contemporary Issues - Facilitates students developing competencies in addressing emerging and evolving contemporary challenges impacting individuals, couples, and families. Examples may include working with veterans, immigration, and technology. This course will also address developing competency in multidisciplinary collaboration.
PSY 750 Clinical Internship I - Supervised practice of marriage and family therapy in a field experience. This course must be followed within a 12-month period by PSY 760 and PSY 770. Prerequisite: completion of all Year 1 courses and approval of the Program Director.
PSY 760 Clinical Internship II - Supervised practice of marriage and family therapy in a field experience. Prerequisite: PSY 750.
PSY 770 Clinical Internship III - Supervised practice of marriage and family therapy in a field experience. Prerequisite: PSY 760.
PSY 800 Ethics and Social Responsibility - This course examines ethical and legal practices and dialogue about ethical issues in professional practice. It discusses legal requirements and accountability for the profession and the relationship of ethical practices that relate to global and local resource allocations. The course explores how one’s belief system impacts on justice, honesty, and respect in dealing with colleagues and clients in the ethical conduct of the profession. The course may be used to fulfill interdisciplinary required component in ethics (IC 800). Details of these requirements for MFT students may be found in the Graduate Catalogue.
- Tuition and Financial Aid
Attending graduate school is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself and your future. While the benefits related to personal development and growth are priceless, you can also expect your MS-MFT degree to expand your career options and enhance your earning power in the marketplace.
The job outlook for Marriage and Family Therapists is excellent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the occupation will grow by 15% by 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Learn more.
Remember, completing your MS-MFT degree is an investment in yourself and your career. Be sure to consider not only the total cost of your education, but think about how that total breaks down in terms of monthly costs, which can make your investment feel more manageable and affordable.
Financing Your Edgewood College MS-MFT Degree
Graduate tuition for the 2018-19 year (beginning Summer 2018) is $963 per credit. You can expect that cost to rise by approximately 3.5% per year in the future.
Most MFT students are working professionals who take courses part-time. 48 total credits are required to complete the degree. Students complete the program in 2 years.
Based on current tuition rates, the estimated total tuition cost of your degree would be approximately $47,074.
Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.
Our admissions and financial aid counselors have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to manage tuition reimbursement plans, extend tuition discounts to various corporate partners in the region, offer third party billing and monthly payment plans, and work with veterans to maximize their available aid.
Don’t think you can do it? Edgewood College thinks you can!
- Admission Requirements
- Provide evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
- Complete and submit graduate application (including $30 fee).
- Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions be sent directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies.
- The MFT Program Reference Form must accompany two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment on the candidate's potential for success as a therapist.
- The MFT program requires a two-page typewritten statement indicating motives and professional goals for pursing a degree in MFT. The written statement should include:
- Interests and motivation for wanting to be a therapist
- Ability to succeed in graduate school
- What preparation, either through coursework, internship, volunteer work, or
job experience, has been undertaken that provides basic therapy skills.
- Applicants must also submit a resume.
- Attendance at an on-campus interview with the Program Director and an admissions team is mandatory. Interviews with candidates applying for an August start will take place on the first Saturday in March. Interviews with candidates applying for a January start will be held on the first Saturday in November. During this interview, the applicant will be required to participate in a role-play exercise.
- International Students may have additional admission requirements. Learn more.
The completed admission application and fee must be submitted prior to the October 1 deadline for spring entries and February 1 for fall entries.
New Student Orientation
An Orientation Day for new students will be held the first Saturday in June for cohorts beginning in August, and the first Saturday in December for cohorts beginning in January.
You may submit up to 15 semester hours of graduate credit for consideration of transfer to Edgewood College for application to a degree program. Approval of the respective department is required. To be considered for application to a degree program, a course must have been taken within the past five years. For more information about transfer credits, please contact your admissions counselor.
Call 608-663-2232 or email LPittelkow@edgewood.edu to learn more.
- Meet Your Faculty
Dr. Will Hutter
Marriage & Family Therapy Master's Program
BS Psychology, Edgewood College; MS Marriage and Family Therapy, Edgewood College; MA Clinical Psychology & PsyD Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Certifications/Memberships Held: Trained in EMDR Level II, DBT, PREPARE/Enrich
Forensic Issues: Sex Offenders, NGRI; Issues related to Diversity; Assessment
Horror movies; Kayaking; Road Trips
Dr. Peter Fabian
Former Director, Marriage & Family Therapy Master's Program
Education: D.Min. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Colgate Rochester Divinity School
Certifications/Memberships Held: Clinical Fellow, AAMFT; Approved Supervisor, AAMFT: Fellow - International Council of Sex Education and Parenthood, American University
“I love teaching and my style is very interactional. I want people to practice the skills as much as understand them. My style of therapy has evolved over the last 40 years and I have developed a theoretical framework for it that I call Templates for Interactional Behavior.”
SCUBA diving, reading mystery novels, computer gaming
Dr. Melinda Bailey
Graduate Department of Psychology
Marriage & Family Therapy Program
BA Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Credential: Licensed Psychologist No. 0465
Certifications/Memberships Held: National Register Listed, American Psychological Association, Wisconsin Psychological Association
Individual, couple, and family therapy, anxiety, stress, trauma, medical issues, pain, mind-body issues, mindfulness, experiential methods.
Running, storytelling, photography, and my two dogs
Graduate Department of Psychology
Marriage & Family Therapy Master's Program
BA Loyola University, Master of Social Work, Loyola University
Credential: MSW, LCSW, CST
Certifications/Memberships Held: Certified AASECT Sex Therapist, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, Certified EMDR Level I, Member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers), AASECT (American Association of Sex Therapists, Sex Educators, Sex Counselors and Therapists), IRI (Imago Relationships International).
Couples, desire, intimacy, sensuality, healing and spirituality.
Outdoors, creating meaning, dancing, spirituality, reclaimed objects, yoga, Halloween, sharing appreciations.
MS, Marriage & Family Systems Therapy- Edgewood College
Certifications/Memberships Held: AAMFT Supervisor, AAMFT Clinical Fellow, PREPARE-ENRICH Facilitator & Seminar Trainer, Human Services- Board Certified Practitioner, Certified Family Life Educator, EMDR-Level 1, Trauma I & II, and Infant and Early Childhood & Family Mental Health Fellow
I am passionate about working with families & couples. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed providing mental health consultation & reflective practice supervision to daycare centers, Head Start Centers and home visiting programs. I am currently engaged in an 18-month evidenced based Child Parent Psychotherapy training program, a Developmental Model of Couple Therapy Training program and a Discernment Counseling training program. I provide group supervision for interns and residents at the Family Center and individual supervision to post graduates and supervisors in training. I facilitate a cancer support wellness group at Gilda’s Club and have a small private practice.
I love spending time with my grandson, Aiden and granddaughter Willa, my daughters and their partners and my high school sweetheart & husband of 35 years. I like cooking, scrapbooking, reading and traveling. I love the spiritual connectedness I feel when I am near the ocean and walking barefoot in the sand. While in Madison, I find my spiritual connectedness with my Church family at Monona United Methodist Church where I am part of our Caring Ministry Team and our Staff Parish Relationship Committee.
Judi M. Culver
The Family Center
BS in Psych and Criminal Justice, Master’s in Counseling, Lakeland College
Credential: LPC, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Certifications/Memberships Held: AAMFT Clinical Fellow, Prepare and Enrich facilitator
Clinical Specialist and Supervisor at The Family Center, Adjunct professor at Lakeland College – teaching Multiculturalism and Group Counseling:
“I enjoy working with the LGBTQ population, with those coping with grief and loss, life crisis and transitions, and corrections issues.”
Spending time with family, travel, reading and crafts.
Marriage & Family Therapy Master's Program
MA, Sociology, Northwestern University
MS, MFT, Edgewood College
Credential: LMFT-IT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor in Training
Certifications/Memberships Held: AAMFT member, Postpartum Support International Clinical Certification, Madison Postpartum Collective member
Clinical Specialist and Supervisor in Training at The Family Center, Therapist at Ann Jamison Therapy
I enjoy working with families surrounding early parenting, adoption, fertility, and overall reproductive mental health. I work from a strengths-based perspective to support each client’s unique path to wellness. I also enjoy working with those experiencing sensory processing challenges and giftedness. I am a sex-positive and LGBTQA clinician.
Knitting, hiking, dogs of all kinds, comic books
Graduate Psychology Department
Marriage & Family Therapy Master's Program
MA in Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling from Western Michigan University
Credential: LMFT, LPC
Certifications/Memberships Held: AAMFT Supervisor In Training
I practice predominately from the Internal Family Systems Theory. I enjoy individual and couples work. I have a passion for working with those who are affected by any form of dementia, whether that person has been diagnosed or knows someone who has been diagnosed.
Additionally, my self-care comes from utilizing numerous forms of writing and I also love to paint. I enjoy the outdoors and time with those I love. I feel strongly about advocating for change in the face of injustice. My favorite ride in life thus far has been being a mother.
Marriage & Family Therapy Master's Program
BS Psychology, Edgewood College; MS Marriage and Family Therapy, Edgewood College
Certifications/Memberships Held: AAMFT Supervisor in Training, PREPARE/Enrich facilitator, Smart Recovery facilitator
Teaching/mentoring, Supervision, Urgent Care Mental Health
Brainstorming ideas, exploring new places, appreciating and interacting with music and art, and most of all spending time with those I love.
Associates in Liberal Studies, Undergraduate from Edgewood College in Psychology, Masters from Edgewood College in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Systems, Couples Therapy, Adolescent therapy, Therapy for suicidal adolescents and individuals with Borderline personality disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Experiential Therapy, Structural therapy, Strategic Therapy, Mindfulness, Neuro-linguistic Programming.
Photography, rock climbing, music, astrophysics, particle physics, ecology, natural sciences (especially entomology and herpetology), parenthood, engineering, economics, technological advances, computer science, science fiction, fantasy fiction, eastern philosophy (Taoism and Buddhism primarily).
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- Program Information