a division of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Oklahoma Baptist University


The graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Oklahoma Baptist University is designed to meet the needs of college graduates who desire training in marriage and family therapy that will prepare them to apply for professional certification or licensure and clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

The program approaches the practice of marriage and family therapy from the Christian perspec­tive and emphasizes Christian values. It focuses on both academic course work and supervised clinical ex­perience with individuals, couples and families under a variety of clinical conditions. It endeavors to establish a professional role identity for the family therapist as a clinician who can work both in private and public domains, and in institutional as well as outpatient sett­ings. Students receive intensive specialized training, which gives them a firm base for becoming competent therapists who understand and are able to treat in­dividuals and families from a systems vantage point and know how to deal with the societal and cultural forces that influence family relation­ships. They are exposed to a variety of theoretical paradigms used in family therapy and assisted in critically examining each of them with the purpose of developing a proficiency as marriage and family therapists based on the integration of their personal qualities with their knowledge of individual, marital and family dynamics, resources, and possibilities for change.

The Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy requires that students satisfac­torily complete 45 hours of course work and pass a comprehensive evaluation. Included in the 45 hours of course work is a practicum of 500 supervised hours of therapy for which the student receives 9 hours of credit. All therapy supervision is performed by licensed marriage and family therapists or AAMFT approved supervisors or supervisors-in-training.

The program is designed to be completed in two calendar years of full-time study with an academic course load of no more than 12 credit hours per semester, three calendar years of part-time study with an academic course load of no more than 9 credit hours per semester or four calendar years of part-time study with an academic course load of no more than 6 credit hours per semester. The practicum must be taken over a minimum 12 consecu­tive months even if the student is taking courses on a part-time basis.

Classes are offered between 4:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays aconferencend Thursdays and meet once a week to accommodate students with full-time employment.

OBU also offers an additional certification in Medical Family Therapy. These classes are offered online and include an additional 80 hours of a MedFT practicum.

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