Although the concept of marriage and family enrichment is not new at Harding University, the master of science degree in marriage and family therapy was offered for the first time in the fall of 1993. For more than 70 years, family values have been stressed to Harding undergraduate students. Now the institution is advancing its commitment even further by offering new and challenging master’s programs in marriage and family therapy and mental health counseling.
Harding's goal is to provide quality therapy training that prepares graduates for professional service in churches, mental health facilities, private practices and various other psychotherapeutic settings. The value-oriented foundation is deeply rooted in the spiritual and practical tenants of God's word and a transformational approach with individual and family systems.
Both master's degree programs are academically challenging and are highlighted by intense clinical practica that provide experiential learning with a variety of mental and emotional concerns. The integration of faith, learning and living is evident in a faculty committed to high standards of instruction, ethical practice and building relationships for service.
The master of science degree in marriage and family therapy is a prescirbed course of study aimed at preparing students to think and practice therapy from a systemic perspective. Throughout the curriculum students are exposed to family structure and dynamics with direct experience in family violence, sexual abuse and substance-related issues that effect the system and subsystems.
Completion of the program requires a minimum of 500 face-to-face client contact hours, 250 of which must be family/relational.
The MFT degree is premier training for those interested in preserving marriage and strengthening the family. Students satisfying requirements for the degree will be academically prepared to proceed toward the marriage and family therapy license in respective states.
No students will be admitted to the MSMHC program after Fall 2014.