Strengthening human relationships strengthens our society as a whole. Marriage and Family Therapy will provide you with the therapeutic skills to build and maintain individual emotional health and the health of family units and contribute to building and sustaining strong and thriving communities.
Become a registered marriage and family therapist and learn to listen skillfully, in order to discern and support others in their personal journey. Rooted in a biblical understanding of human nature and evidence-based therapies, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to counsel others, foster healing and provide guidance to individuals, couples, families and groups.
Q: What is the difference between the Marriage and Family Therapy program at ACTS and the Counselling Psychology program of Trinity Western University?
A: Both are great programs, so you just need to figure out which one is right for you. The ACTS Seminaries MFT program has at least three distinctive features. (1) Biblical and theological studies courses for the personal spiritual formation of students, and integration of biblical/theological studies with current, evidence-based practice in Marriage and Family Therapy across all course material. (2) A comprehensive family-systems theory perspective that gives graduates the extra layer of training that will help them understand how family systems are at play in the lives of their clients, be they families, couples, or individuals. (3) Emphasis on personal formation of the therapist, so that students can be emotionally healthy and lead their own clients toward emotional health. Students wishing to complete a thesis as part of their program and move onto PhD studies will likely find the MA Counselling Psychology to be the best option.
Q: Does the Marriage and Family Therapy program enable me to acquire the designation of being a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist?
A: Graduates of the ACTS Seminaries MFT program have everything they need in order to apply to become Registered Clinical Counsellors with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Graduates will have the necessary course work to become Registered Marriage and Family Therapists, but will need to complete additional client hours under the supervision of a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy supervisor.
Q: Why is the Marriage and Family Therapy program a Master of Christian Studies and not a Master of Arts? Will that impact my ability to practice in the marketplace?
A: The ACTS MFT degree is a Master of Christian studies in recognition of the fact that the curriculum puts a high priority on integrating biblical/theological insights with the best current evidence-based practice in Marriage and Family Therapy. The ACTS program is fully accredited by the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and graduates can become Registered Clinical Counsellors. The ACTS program is well-known throughout southern BC and our graduates serve in private practice, in churches, Christian agencies, and secular organizations.
Q: If I have a bachelor’s degree that is not in psychology, which pre-requisite courses would I need to take to enroll in the Marriage and Family Therapy program?
A: Students with a bachelor's degree in another discipline will need to take up to six courses of undergraduate psychology prerequisites: Statistics, Abnormal Psychology, Brain and Behaviour, Development Psychology, and Personality Theories. In addition, students will take Foundational Skills in Counselling, offered each August at ACTS Seminaries.
Master of Christian Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy
Provides the education and formation needed to become a registered marriage and family therapist (RMFT) or a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC).
ACTS Seminaries welcomes applicants who confess faith in Jesus, are members in or connected with a local church, and possess a desire for academic and spiritual growth within the ACTS Seminaries community. A completed bachelor degree from an accredited university or college is the standard academic prerequisite.
Step 1 - choose your degree program
Step 2 - fill out the application form at http://apply.twu.ca
Step3 - submit your references and transcripts
The seminaries that constitute the Associated Canadian Theological Schools admit qualified women and men of any race, nationality or ethnic origin. Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. ACTS may consider applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements, provided they can demonstrate the ability to succeed at the graduate level.