The 60-unit program is designed to integrate both theory and practice, grounded in Christian principles. Sound research skills, theoretical teaching, practical application, and clinical training are central to the curriculum. The faculty guides students through academic studies, clinical courses, self-assessment measures, and professional development, all of which provide a rich educational experience. MFT faculty members are current practitioners and they bring their professional experiences to the classroom.
In addition to academic course requirements, students are placed in community-based clinical training sites where they undergo real-world training experiences with diverse clientele. Supervisors who have had specific training in MFT supervision and meet rigorous supervision standards supervise students. The MFT program at HIU accepts students from around the world and is dedicated to training students to work with diverse populations.
The program is accredited by the Commissions on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), the national accrediting body for marriage and family therapy programs. The Accreditation Standards set by COAMFTE require the program to report on student achievement. Click here to view Educational Outcomes. The program also meets the educational requirements of the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) in California, including the requirements of the Business and Professions Code, Section 4980.37, .38, and .40. Graduates may sit for their licensing examination upon completion of the necessary 3,000 supervised hours.
This is an on-ground program completed at our Anaheim Campus. Courses last 8 to 16 weeks and are offered in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings. A schedule can be developed to accommodate two to three year completion.
HIU’s on-site counseling center, Hope Counseling Center (HCC), offers counseling services for Hope students, faculty, staff, and the local community. The HCC is a convenient location for some MFT students to gain clinical training hours.
All MFT students participate in the clinical training program as part of the Supervised Clinical Training Site, while accruing hours in an approved practicum site. As part of the degree requirements, all students are required to complete at least 325 clinical training hours, which includes a minimum of 225 direct client contact hours. Direct client contact hours include providing therapy to couples, individuals, children, families, and/or groups. Departmental approval must be obtained for a student to Advance to Practicum. All practicum sites and supervisors must obtain departmental approval and comply with all of the current statutes and regulations set forth by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.