LETU to host April 13 preview of new family therapy degree

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 4:21pm

(LONGVIEW, Texas)— LeTourneau University will host a free preview event that is open to the public Friday, April 13, to discuss its new graduate psychology degree program, the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT).  The new graduate degree is currently pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, but is expected to launch in the fall.
The preview will begin at 8:15 a.m. with a continental breakfast in the third floor of the Memorial Student Center for mental health professionals and pastors to meet and discuss partnerships and programs for marriage and family health in East Texas. 
The second session will begin at 10 a.m. in the same location and is particularly designed for prospective students and other interested community members.  LETU faculty and staff who will teach in the program will be introduced.  Discussion items will include a description of the MAMFT degree program, clinical training, the integration of faith in a counseling practice, the cost, financial aid opportunities, and the application and admissions process. 
The MAMFT preview event is hosted by LETU Provost Dr. Philip A. Coyle and Dr. Melanie Roudkovski, who is the director of programs in counseling and psychology. Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Gerrie Forbis at (903) 233-3210 or by email at GerrieForbis@letu.edu. 
This new MAMFT degree is a specialized 66-hour professional graduate degree program designed to equip graduates to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve healthy relationships.
The degree program is designed to provide graduates with the academic, practicum and internship requirements for state licensure as a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) or a professional counselor (LPC), and students may choose to complete academic coursework to become eligible for dual licensure.
The degree also is designed to fulfill requirements for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors, as well as fulfilling clinical membership requirements in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, a professional society of the American Counseling Association.
The MAMFT graduate degree is provided through a traditional day program in a part-time or full-time format over two or more years. Students may reside on campus and enjoy the full benefits of graduate student life.
Graduates with this degree serve as counseling practitioners, educators, administrators, family life educators, ministers of family life and counseling, parent trainers, youth ministers, pastors or teachers, business and entrepreneurial leaders, missionaries, and many varied roles in which counseling and family expertise is needed. 
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, offering academic majors in aviation, business, criminal justice, education, engineering, health science-nursing, human services, liberal arts, science and psychology. LeTourneau University also offers graduate degrees in business administration, counseling, education, engineering, psychology and strategic leadership. In addition to its residential campus in Longview, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs online and at educational centers in Athens, Austin, Baytown, Bedford, Dallas, Harlingen, Houston, and Tyler.

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