LeTourneau University (LETU) in Texas has announced a new program for graduate psychology students looking to add a specialized degree to their resume.
The new master of arts in marriage and family therapy (MAMFT) is aimed at helping potential psychologists assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples and families who are having relationship issues.With the mounting pressures facing couples and families, the demand for well-trained, competent marriage and family therapists is expected to increase, said LETU Provost Dr. Philip A. Coyle. “This new program will integrate Christian faith and clinical counseling practice that will enable our students to become relationship specialists, equipped to work with all age groups including children, adolescents, and adults.”With approximately 1.8 million people currently in some treatment from a marriage and family therapist, the profession is rated as top career choice within the mental health care field. Therapists can practice through a number of avenues including in private settings, hospitals and educational institutions. LETU’s new graduate psychology program is being offered in a traditional full- or part-time format over 1 or more years.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for marriage and family therapists are projected to increase by 14% through the end of the decade.