Make an Impact as a Marriage and Family Therapist

When you think of the words “higher education,” what comes to mind?

Possibly just required reading, exams, thesis papers, grades, and maybe even stress. But is that really everything that college is all about? Not here. Our Master’s Program in Marriage and Family Therapy also includes hands-on training and incorporates how to create connections.

Rather than providing “higher education,” we here at the California School of Professional Psychology like to think of it as providing “human education.”

What does “human education” look like in our Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program, exactly?

  • It’s a feeling of confidence and comfort when sitting down with a client who could be dealing with very serious mental health issues
  • It’s your ability to tactfully communicate with individuals, couples, and families of various cultural backgrounds
  • It’s your expertise in the numerous therapeutic theories, tools, and interventions you may use in any given counseling session
  • And it’s the passion to make a positive impact as you approach each day as a marriage and family therapist

If your calling is to help families by becoming a leading marriage and family therapist, it’s our responsibility to help you achieve that goal.

This idea of human education isn’t just the terminology of a passing trend. It’s the foundation of our culture and what we strive toward each term, in every classroom, and with every student in our San Francisco COAMFTE-accredited* Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Here’s how:

1. Receive Hands-On, Real-World Experience during Your Practicum

Five hundred hours of supervised direct-client contact; 200 of which are with couples and families. One hundred hours of individual and group supervision, 50 of which are observed or recorded on video.

These are more than just the required number of hours you need to receive your degree. These experiences allow you to get to know the individuals, couples, and families; the children, teenagers, and adults; and the diverse populations you can serve. Think about the impact you can have on people’s lives, and think about the impact they will have on you and your future as a marriage and family therapist.

That’s why these practicum hours are much more than numbers. They are experiences, ones which you will remember and will help form the rest of your career.

In our San Francisco MFT program, our students have provided services for:

  • Individuals in the LGBTQ community by providing general mental health services
  • Low-income families with children ranging from birth to six years old by providing assessment, developmental screening, and crisis intervention mental health services
  • School-aged children and their parents by offering treatment to groups focused on anger management and drug awareness and prevention
  • Asian and Pacific Islander American and Russian-speaking populations by providing comprehensive marriage and family therapy counseling services
  • Women who’ve recently been incarcerated by offering advocacy, assessment, and substance abuse therapy services
  • Other organizations including those that help homeless families or those at risk of being homeless; youth who’ve experienced trauma; and underinsured and uninsured adults who suffer from mild to severe mental illnesses

2. Learn from Impassioned and Practicing Professors

Professors play a vital role in providing human education — especially in the field of marriage and family therapy.

We pride ourselves on our diverse family of professors, each with their own unique specialties, interests, experiences, and backgrounds. All of whom are committed to training ethical professionals preparing to enter of one of society’s most vital helping professions.

San Francisco’s Marriage and Family Therapy featured faculty includes:

  • Darren Moore, Associate Professor and Site Director – B.A., University of Minnesota; M.S., Valdosta State University; PhD, Virginia Tech.
    • Specialty areas and research interests: Obesity and weight loss within individual, couple, and family relationships; community settings, workplace, and other organizational structures; health disparities among men, African American families, and other unique or marginalized populations.
    • Other interests include: leadership, diversity, and inclusion; employee relations; and the intersection of work and family.

3. Make Your MFT Degree Yours

Human education is all about empowerment. And while we arm you with the tools for success, it’s up to you to decide how to use them in your education and career. Our San Francisco MFT Program offers:

  • Education on various systemic theories and interventions — you can decide which are most applicable to the therapist you want to become and the type of therapies you want to provide
  • A selection of professional training locations you may pursue based on the type of clientele and issues you want to work with
  • The opportunity to continue your education by applying eligible credit hours from the master’s program to our MFT PsyD degree programs in San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, and Sacramento

Pursuing a master’s in marriage and family therapy is more than choosing a career path. It’s dedicating one’s life to helping others. We take this commitment seriously by helping future marriage and family therapists gain the experience, expertise, and leadership needed to make a difference and help move the world forward.

You likely have many more questions about our COAMFTE-Accredited Marriage and Family Master’s Degree Program, and we have plenty of answers. For any additional information, contact an Admissions Counselor today.

*The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University in San Francisco is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808,