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MS Marriage and Family Therapy


Make a Difference as a Marriage and Family Therapist

Marriage and Family Therapists are Unique

Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are trained both in psychotherapy and in family systems ~ understanding concerns in the context of the important relationships in client lives.

Family-based therapy is a powerful model for change. Research has shown that family-based interventions such as those utilized by MFTs are as effective as– and in many cases more effective than– alternative therapies, often at a lower cost. Applying this holistic perspective to mental health care, MFT’s are concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families. Whoever the client, MFTs view problems from a relationship perspective.

Experience the Difference at Oregon Tech

Rural Mental Healthcare

Mental health care needs in rural areas, like southern Oregon, provide unique challenges that require unique approaches. Oregon Tech prepares MFT students to excel as rural mental health care professionals.

Medical Family Therapy

Oregon Tech’s MFT students develop the knowledge and skills required to collaborate as medical family therapists 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.

Program Philosophy


Professional and Personal Development

Oregon Tech MFT students learn that the single most effective tool they bring to any therapeutic relationship is themselves. Personal development is partnered with the development of clinical and collaborative skills.

Practice Based Learning for Systems Based Practice

At Oregon Tech MFT students have opportunities to practice skills working in community child and family service organizations throughout the program.

Faculty Mentoring for Career Success

With extensive clinical experience, Oregon Tech’s skilled and enthusiastic faculty support and mentor students beyond graduation, through completion of post grad clinical hours and licensing exams.

In Oregon Tech's MS MFT program, students:

  • Become well prepared for MFT clinical practice in community settings such as agencies, schools, healthcare entities, and independent practice
  • Study in the classroom and practice in the field with skilled and enthusiastic professors who have extensive clinical experience
  • Gain valuable experience working as Program Assistants in local mental health care settings
  • Develop skills particular to the challenges and rewards that are unique to providing mental health care services in rural areas
  • Become ethically knowledgeable and skilled, with particular emphasis on the development of practical knowledge required to recognize and work effectively with issues of social and cultural diversity
  • Learn through a comprehensive curriculum that exceeds the regulatory requirements of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
  • Be supported and mentored by Oregon Tech faculty and clinical supervisors during post graduate clinical work and licensing exam preparation
  • Embrace personal and professional development as life-long learning to enrich professional skills and provide the highest quality of care to clients.

About the Program

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy


  • Klamath Falls


View the Requirements

For Questions, Contact:

Kathleen Adams

Kathleen Adams, Program Director

OfficeSemon Hall 103


Career Success

Oregon Tech's MSMFT program is unique in its commitment to offer post-graduation support graduates through completion of post graduate clinical hours and licensing exams. Marriage and Family Therapists rank #2 in Best Social Services Jobs and #51 in The 100 Best Jobs according to USNews.com.

Career Paths:

  • Child and Family Services Agencies
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Health Insurance Organizations
  • Legal and Correctional Facilities
  • Medical Centers and Hospitals
  • Outpatient Mental Health Care Centers
  • Private Practice
  • Schools
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment Programs
  • Veterans' Services Facilities
  • Churches and Religious Settings

The MFT Career Spectrum (PDF). (2015, January). Family Therapy Magazine.
Answers common questions and concerns about using your degree and license effectively, managing student debt, beginning a career in MFT, and tips on how to be successful in a MFT Graduate program.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - LMFT

The Oregon Tech MS MFT program has a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet and exceeds the education requirements of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and the accreditation requirements of the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy programs.

The MS MFT is the first in four ordered steps toward becoming licensed:
  1. Complete Oregon Tech's MS in MFT.
  2. Complete a minimum of two years of full time, post grad, supervised clinical experience as approved by the state board.
  3. Pass the national examination for the marriage and family therapist license.
  4. Pass the Oregon state law and rules exam.


With study areas ranging from family therapy to psychopharmacology, the hands-on courses at Oregon Tech will help you prepare for a rewarding and flexible career as a mental health care professional. Courses that you may take as a student of the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program include:

Trauma and Recovery (MFT 525)

Overview of the sociopolitical context of trauma and its impact on diverse populations of individuals, families, and communities. The course examines evidence -based approaches for addressing trauma on multiple system levels through applications to case conceptualization and treatment planning with several populations of survivors including survivors of mass disasters, childhood abuse and domestic violence as well as veterans, refugees and torture survivors.

Child & Adolescent Therapy (MFT 521)

Course presents a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities, offering the student an opportunity to develop basic child and adolescent therapy skills, assessments, and treatment strategies. The impact of developmental aspects, family dynamics, the social environment, family violence, and trauma are addressed.

Sexuality and Therapy (MFT 561)

Course reviews human sexuality in contemporary society from biological, psychological, social, and cultural perspectives. An overview of the models of sex therapy and treatment strategies utilized in treating sexual dysfunctions is provided.

Medical Family Therapy in Rural Areas (MFT 566)

Focus on knowledge and skills required to work in the rapidly developing multidisciplinary field of medical family therapy. Includes emphasis on addressing rural mental health care needs with integrated health care teams that address biomedical and psychosocial needs of the whole person and family system.

Couples Therapy (MFT 522)

Course examines the psychotherapeutic theories and processes for the assessment and treatment of a wide range of relational issues.

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