Marriage and Family Therapy
Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are mental health providers that approach assessment, diagnosis, and treatment from a relational and systemic perspective. MFTs believe that mental health problems are formed and/or exacerbated in relationships and they must be healed in relationships. Graduate training provides MFT students with specialized training to treat a wide variety of presenting problems in individuals, couples, families, and group systems. The primary difference between MFTs and other mental health providers is the systemic and relational emphasis in the therapeutic process.
MFTs work in a wide variety of settings, including:
- Child and Family Service Agencies
- Employee Assistance Programs
- Medical Centers and Hospitals
- Substance Use and Addiction Treatment Programs
- Veterans Services Facilities
- Churches and Religious Settings
- Private and Group Practice
MFT Program Overview
The MFT Program at Oregon Tech is a full-time mental health graduate program with specialized training in systems, families, and relationships. Students are admitted to the program to begin coursework each fall. The MFT Program takes 2.75 years to successfully complete; part-time opportunities are available upon request. A year-long practicum experience begins in June between year two and three of the program. Courses are offered nights, weekends, and days in a variety of modalities, including: face-to-face in person; face-to-face via video conferencing; blended; and fully online.
Mental health care needs in rural areas, like southern Oregon, provide unique challenges that require unique approaches. Emphasized throughout the entire program, Oregon Tech MFT prepares students to excel as rural mental health care professionals.
Advanced Specialty Training
The Oregon Tech MFT Program provides advanced training in:
Oregon Tech MFT students develop the knowledge and skills required to collaborate as Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Providers and Medical Family Therapists (MedFTs) on interdisciplinary health care teams; provide medical mental health consultations in collaborative care settings; provide individual, couple, family, and group therapy in healthcare settings; and collaborate with colleagues in building healthy communities.
Oregon Tech MFT students are well prepared to work with individuals, couples and families struggling with substance abuse and addiction. From a trauma-informed perspective, students learn the advanced knowledge and skills required to work well with substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring disorders; and the impact of the same on couples and families.
For more information about the application and admissions process for the MFT Program, click here.
Open House Information
The MFT Program will be hosting three open houses during the 2020-2021 academic year. Come learn about the program, hear from current students, and ask any questions you might have. Due to COVID-19, these open house events will be conducted virtually. Please click here to RSVP. A zoom link will be sent closer to the event date. We look forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday, November 18th 6:30pm-8:00pm
Wednesday, January 13th 6:30pm-8:00pm
Wednesday, May 26th 3:00pm-4:30pm