ACTS Seminaries offers a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy to those working towards becoming registered marriage and family therapist with a solid understanding of evidence-based treatments and hundreds of clinical practice hours.
The MAMFT program prepares graduates to be:
fully credentialed by the B.C. Minister of Advanced education
highly recognized program both in and outside the Christian community
taught from a systemic (MFT) perspective by faculty supervisors who are AAMFT (American Association of Marital and Family Therapists) approved
immediately successful – the program requirements go beyond the expectations to qualify to be a registered marriage and family therapist
graduated with over 350 clinical practice hours (150 more than you need)
Graduates are prepared to make a difference leading in the following settings:
Child Play Therapy
Ministry for Children and Families
Marriage and Family Electives (5 sem. hrs.) include courses taught by internationally known therapists such as Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Addictions Counseling, SATIR Family Therapy and Research design.
Biblical Studies (7 sem. hrs.) include Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics, and various book studies that focus on relationships and living well, such as Expositions of Wisdom Literature.
Theological Studies (13 sem. hrs.) include Spiritual Formation and Personal Development, Spiritual Resources in Counseling, and Theological Issues in Counseling.
A Thesis Option (6 sem. hrs.) is available.
(1) Bachelor’s Degree: An accredited Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale).
(2) Undergraduate Prerequisites:
A minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate psychology credits with a B grade in each of the following courses. These prerequisites must have been completed within the 10 years prior to applying to the program:
- Introduction to Statistics (passing grade)
- Abnormal Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Personality Theory
- Foundational Skills in Counseling or its equivalent must have been taken in the last 4 years prior to admission. Exceptions may include those who have been working in the field and obtained continuing education. If this may include you, please submit verifying documentation.
- Brain and Behavior or Learning/Cognition
(3) Seminary Prerequisites:
A minimum of 6 undergraduate sem. hrs. in Bible and theology. Applicants lacking these or equivalent will complete BIE 500 and THS 540 prior to taking other biblical or theological courses in the program.
One-semester hour course on research strategies in class or online RES 500.
Due to the importance of verbal expression in counseling, students for whom English is a second language must have a TOEFL score of 105, and may be evaluated for conversational comprehension at the student’s expense.
Students with slightly lower TOEFL and conversational scores, or who are deemed to have inadequate conversational and/or comprehension skills may be required to take ESL classes prior to beginning or continuing their studies.
(5) 20 Minute Video:
To get an indication of an applicant’s ability to both listen and respond in a counseling situation, a 20-minute video is required which includes: A) A 10-minute session of her/himself counseling a friend about a real-life event (about which the friend is feeling fear, anger, sadness, guilt or worry); and B) A 10-minute explanation by the applicant (self on camera) of what he/she believes are the causes of depression and what he/she hopes to learn in this program to reduce depression.
Applicants may send their video in one of 2 ways: A) Mail in a DVD disc in either Power DVD or Windows Media Player format only; B)Send a video file through yousendit.com. Signing up for a free lite account will allow an applicant to send up to 100MB per email. (To send more one needs to pay monthly.) However, most videos can be cut to fit this amount (or a 20 min. video can cut into 2-10 min videos and be sent separately). To sign up: yousendit.com/compare-plans. Add email@example.com in the “to” box and upload the file. An email will be sent to both the sender and Dr. Verseveldt.
(6) Other Requirements:
A preliminary indication of personal fitness for counseling and of Christian character as evidenced by:
- Two references
- One reference will be academic. The second will be from someone who has observed you in a people-helping capacity.
- Two years experience in people-helping service.
Admissions interviews may be requested with prospective students interested in the program.
Please note: applicants who currently are, or have been, counselling clients of program faculty are encouraged to wait minimum two years after the conclusion of that relationship before applying to the program.
- Give evidence of consistent Christian character, conduct and biblical faith.
- Be accepted for degree candidacy based on a review.
- Receive a minimal grade of B for all MFT courses.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
- Complete at least 48 semester hours at ACTS towards MAMFT degree.
- Complete the required 68 semester hours of study (non-thesis program) or 74 semester hours (thesis program).
- Preparation of the Personal Theory of Counseling Graduate Essay.
- Completion of a comprehensive examination.