What Does Being a Marriage and Family Therapist Mean to You?

Marriage and family therapy involves the diagnosis and psychotherapeutic treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral issues within the family system.

But, what does it mean to be a marriage and family therapist? Here at the California School of Professional Psychology’s Sacramento Marriage and Family Therapy program, we think it’s…

  • Being passionate about helping individuals or families in need
  • Studying and applying the various systemic psychotherapeutic theories and interventions
  • Being sensitive, understanding, and tactful to the diverse populations you will serve
  • Growing in skill and confidence with each session
  • Mastering the latest research and interventions and even contributing to the ever-evolving body of research
  • Being part of a vital and growing field
  • Determining the type of therapist you want to be, the type of people you want to serve, and the types of issues in which you want to specialize
  • Making a difference within individuals, couples, families, and communities

Whatever marriage and family means to you, our Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Degree in Sacramento offers comprehensive education and training to help prepare you for a meaningful career.

1. Learn from Experienced Professors

Learning from those with years of experience is paramount to not only your current success as a student, but perhaps more importantly, to your future success as a marriage and family therapist.

This means training with those who’ve been there, in many one-one-one or one-on-many therapy sessions, and have dealt with a multitude of mental, behavioral, and relational issues affecting people’s lives.

Our professors draw from these personal experiences and specialties, as well as the latest therapeutic theories, interventions, and research.

The professors from whom you will learn in Sacramento’s Marriage and Family Master’s Degree Program include:

  • Sean D. Davis, Professor – B.S., M.S., Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
    • Specialty areas and research interests: Common factors across effective MFT models, MFT common factors, training and supervision, commonalities of healthy and distressed couples, process and outcome research, observational research, bridging the scientist/practitioner gap in MFT. sdavis2@alliant.edu
  • Tatiana Glebova, Associate Professor and Site Director – B.Ed., Moscow State Pedagogical University (Russia); M.A. (Equiv.), Moscow State University (Russia); Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
    • Specialty areas and research interests: Family Therapy process and outcome research, observational research, contextual therapy, families with adolescents, adolescent risky behaviors including substance abuse, and cultural issues. tglebova@alliant.edu
  • Alexander L. Hsieh, Assistant Professor and Clinical Training Coordinator –B.S., The University of Texas at Austin; MMFT, Abilene Christian University; Ph.D., Brigham Young University
    • Specialty areas and research: Cultural competency, minority issues, Asian-American families and couples in therapy, observational research, and adolescent internalized issues including shame, depression, and self-esteem. ahsieh@alliant.edu
  • Gita Seshadri, Assistant Professor – B.S., University of California, Irvine; M.S., Ph.D., Loma Linda University
    • Specialty areas and research interests: Experiences of interracial couples and families; culture; process-based research; qualitative research; parent-child relationships; factors influencing attachment in relationships; the impact of family of origin on self, couple, and family; how addiction impacts the family; and bullying/trauma. gseshadri@alliant.edu

If you have a question about the Sacramento program, specific courses, or a general question about marriage and family therapy, our professors are here to help current and prospective students in any way they can.

2. Put Your Knowledge to Use

Do you envision yourself starting your own private practice? Providing therapy at an already established clinic? Or maybe at a hospital or school? Perhaps offering in-home therapy for foster children? Or focusing on the Spanish-speaking community?

There are numerous possibilities for the type of therapist you may become and the types of people with whom you will work. That’s why we partner with a variety of Sacramento organizations that offer unique training opportunities to fulfill your interests and specializations.

You may perform the following therapeutic services…

  • Individual counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Addiction rehabilitation
  • Group therapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Adolescent treatment
  • Life-skills services
  • Anger management therapy
  • Trauma counseling

…at one of several practicum opportunities that serve:

  • Children and adults experiencing severe mental illness
  • Children and adults experiencing intellectual disabilities
  • Veterans struggling with a variety of mental illness
  • Women and children who are victims of violent crimes and domestic abuse
  • Individuals who self-identify as, or are perceived to be, gender variant
  • Faith-based individuals and families
  • Adult-aged victims of child abuse
  • Children of divorce
  • Spanish-speaking individuals and families
  • Asian Pacific Islanders and other underserved women and children
  • Women and children facing homelessness, poverty, and abuse
  • Adults in psychiatric hospitals
  • At-risk juveniles

These Sacramento practicum locations will help fulfill the 500 hours of supervised therapy and 100 hours of group supervision required in the marriage and family therapy master’s program, all while gaining confidence and experience in a hands-on setting.

3. Why Choose CSPP?

Comprehensive marriage and family curriculum and invaluable practicum opportunities only begin to tell the story of our Sacramento Marriage and Family Therapy Program.

Other benefits of our Sacramento MFT program include:

Whatever becoming a marriage and family therapist means to you, it’s undoubtedly a challenging, yet crucial job. And one that you will be immensely proud of.

We can help you set your degree, career, and future in motion toward a life dedicated to marriage and family therapy.

We would love to speak with you whether you have a question, or just want to learn more about this program. Contact an Admissions Counselor today for more information about Sacramento’s MA in MFT Degree.

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University in Sacramento is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808, coa@aamft.org.