At Oregon Tech, Marriage and Family Therapy students develop strong Medical Family Therapy skills.

Why Medical Family Therapy?

Medical Family Therapy (MedFT) is Family Therapy practiced in medical settings. It is a rapidly growing field developed to help promote communication and collaboration between health care systems’ staff. MedFT integrates patients’ and families’ medical, psychological, social, and spiritual worlds with medical science and family systems training.

Competencies for Medical Family Therapists

Students in Oregon Tech’s MS MFT program develop competencies in the following domains, identified by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy:

  • Systems
    Integrating and implementing systems theory concepts and ideas
  • Biological, psychological, social, and spiritual
    Recognizing that health is comprised of all four areas of mutual influence
  • Collaboration
    Working cooperatively with others to maximize the benefits of team-based care, research, policy work, and training
  • Leadership
    Guiding systems toward a more collaborative and integrated approach to health care, as well as championing for resources so that healthcare systems function most efficiently.
  • Ethics
    Promoting the highest standard of work in accordance with the AAMFT Code of Ethics, in recognition of other healthcare team members’ codes of ethics, and in accord with rules and laws governing one’s profession and professional setting
  • Diversity
    Recognizing various groups, communities, and cultural influences that impact the delivery, response, policies, and study of integrated behavioral health care

AAMFT. (2018). Competencies for family therapists working in healthcare settings.

Required Medical Family Therapy Coursework

Information about Medical Family Therapy is integrated throughout the MS MFT
curriculum, and is a particular focus in the following required courses:

  • Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Medical Family Therapy in Rural Areas (3 credits)
  • Advanced Medical Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • Rural Mental Health Care and MFT (3 credits)