Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Click on the course titles to revel the current description for each course in the Masters of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy:

CSG – Counseling

CSG 603 Lifestyle & Career Counseling

This course is an overview of career development theories, career decision-making, lifestyle considerations, and the use of assessment instruments that help facilitate lifelong career development. (Prerequisite: None)

CSG 703 - Group Counseling

This course allows students to study group theories, dynamics, process, and stages as well as provides the opportunity to learn and apply various systems for group counseling, by demonstrating learned skills and leadership. Students will also participate as a member of a group in order to gain a better understanding of group process. (Prerequisite: MFT 543)

MFT – Marriage and Family Therapy

MFT 513 - Christian Worldview, Professional Identity & Ethics

This course provides an overview of the Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy profession including professional attitudes, integrity, and identity from a Christian worldview.  It will highlight ethical and legal issues, emphasizing application of the AAMFT and ACA codes of ethics. (Prerequisite: None)

MFT 523 - Life Span Development

This course studies individual and family development across the life span and provides a framework for the theoretical understanding of human development from birth to later adulthood. It will address the normal developmental processes that occur over the life span and explore continuity and change within the developing individual as well as the family. (Prerequisite: None)

MFT 533 - History and Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy

This course serves as an overview to the field of marriage and family therapy and is designed to help students understand the history and development of first generation family therapies as well as the origins of marital and couples counseling.  It will identify leading figures in history and key influences in the field of marriage and family therapy. (Prerequisite: None)

MFT - 543 Foundations in Counseling & MFT: Skills & Practice *

This skills-based course focuses on basic counseling skills and techniques for working with individuals, couples and families. Students will facilitate a counseling session, demonstrate micro-skills, and practice interpersonal effectiveness. This course is a hybrid course requiring online pre-work, an intensive weekend spent on campus with hands on training, and online post-work.  (Prerequisite: MFT 513)

MFT 553 - Psychopathology

This course examines the etiology of psychopathology, the recognition and categorization of dysfunctional psychological and emotional patterns, and the diagnostic criteria as specified by the American Psychiatric Association in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5). It also examines individual pathology from a systemic lens. (Prerequisite: None)

MFT 563 - Multiculturalism & Diversity in MFT

This course examines social and cultural foundations of behavior manifested in individuals, systems, and diverse groups. The student is challenged to increase self-awareness, pursue understanding, and provide culturally sensitive therapy to all populations. (Prerequisite: None)

MFT 583 - Research in MFT

This course provides an overview of research methods, data collection and analysis, and evaluation of research in counseling and marriage and family therapy.  Attention is given to the scholarly writing of a literature review with proper analysis and critique of research articles. (Prerequisite: None)

MFT 623 - Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Development Across the Life Span

This course addresses individual and family development and the interconnectedness of biopsychosocial and spiritual health across the life span. Health and wellness, the impact of technology in a person’s life and relationships, and digital literacy will be explored. (Prerequisite: MFT 523)

MFT 633 - Theories of Counseling & MFT I

This course provides and overview of the major theories of counseling and their application to the helping relationship from a Christian worldview perspective. It presents the basic theoretical foundation for “classic” modern marriage and family therapy theories and examines the following sub-schools: Systems, Psychodynamic, Structural, Contextual, Strategic, Experiential, Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution Focused, and Narrative. Contrast between theories will be explored as well as an understanding of Relationship versus Functioning, and family identity. (Prerequisite: MFT 533)

MFT 643 Premarital Marital Therapy: Skills & Practice *

This course considers the dynamics of the marital, as well as the premarital relationship by examining theoretical models of marital therapy and the skills of marital assessment. Different premarital counseling models are also explored, discussed, and evaluated. Students learn basic approaches to marital therapy along with systemic intervention techniques from a Christian perspective. Students will practice applying their approach to therapy in a counseling setting with immediate instructor feedback. This course is a hybrid course requiring online pre-work, an intensive weekend spent on campus with hands on training, and online post-work.  (Prerequisite: MFT 543)

MFT 653 - Diagnosis & Treatment Planning *

This course provides an overview of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5). Special emphasis is given to understanding pathology from within a family systems perspective regarding both etiology and treatment of various clinical disorders. Case conceptualization, assessment, diagnostic, and treatment planning skills are developed in both individual and relational arenas. This course is a hybrid course requiring online pre-work, an intensive weekend spent on campus with hands on training, and online post-work. (Prerequisite: MFT 543)

MFT 661 - Clinical Practicum

This course introduces graduate students to the practice of counseling with actual clients.  Students will secure outside placements with approved site supervision.  This 100-hour practicum will include observation, shadowing, and supervised practice. (Co-requisite: MFT 543)

MFT 683 - Contemporary Issues & Community Resourcing

This course will help students develop competencies in current and emerging contemporary issues, problems, and recent developments within Marriage and Family Therapy knowledge and practice. It will prepare students to work effectively within complex community settings, develop an understanding of the history, concepts and consequences of social welfare policies of national, state, local and agency organizations, and equip them to utilize a networking system for resourcing needs. (Prerequisite: MFT 563)

MFT 723 - Human Sexuality Across the Life Span

This course covers aspects of human sexuality across the life span of the individual. It will include an overview of male and female sexual anatomy and physiology as well as sexual behaviors across the life span. Sexual dysfunctions and difficulties, issues related to sexual identities and gender dysphoria, and the ways in which individuals’ sexual issues impact their intimate relationships will be discussed.  (Prerequisite: MFT 623)

MFT 733 - Theories of Counseling & MFT II

This course provides an opportunity for students to continue to develop their own integrated, therapeutic framework as they form a deeper understanding of normal family development, the development of problems, and conditions for behavioral change. It will guide students in the conceptualization of family and couple dynamics, and the theory and application of interventions according to various therapeutic modalities. (Prerequisite: MFT 633)

MFT 743 - Family Therapy: Skills & Practice *

This course will focus on applying the necessary skills of communication, intervention, and mediation that are essential to conducting family therapy. Students will practice applying their approach to therapy in a counseling setting with immediate instructor feedback. This course is a hybrid course requiring online pre-work, an intensive weekend spent on campus with hands on training, and online post-work. (Prerequisite: MFT 543)

MFT 753 - Clinical Internship I

This is an off-campus clinical internship and requires students to secure outside placements  with approved site supervision. Students have the opportunity to practice and provide a variety of counseling related activities that would normally be expected of a counseling staff member. The 300-hour internship includes a minimum of 150 hours of direct service and weekly individual and group supervision. (Prerequisites: MFT 513; MFT 553; MFT 563; MFT 661; MFT 643; MFT 743)

MFT 763 - Clinical Internship II

The course is the second supervised, clinical internship and will provide students with the opportunity to integrate their knowledge, personal growth, faith and clinical experiences and to refine competencies as a counselor/therapist with greater emphasis on professional identity and skill level of an entry level practitioner. Students are required to secure outside placements with approved site supervision. The 300-hour practicum includes a minimum of 150 hours of direct service with weekly individual and group supervision. (Prerequisite: MFT 753)

MFT 793 Spiritual Formation & Integration (Capstone)

This capstone course in the MFT program pulls together the integration of faith, theological concepts about marriage, biblical application, professional identity, commitment to ethical practice, and the application of a Christ-centered approach to marriage and therapy. (Prerequisite: THE 593; MFT 513; MFT 753)

THE – Theology 

THE 593 - Theology of Marriage

This course addresses the historical treatment (both secular and ecclesiastical) and theological perspectives of gender, singleness, marital covenant and marital responsibilities, divorce and remarriage, sexuality and homosexuality, as well as family, children and parenting. (Prerequisite: None)


TFC 500 - Orientation

The Toccoa Falls College Orientation designed for students who are new to graduate studies at TFC. The course equips students with knowledge, skills, and resources necessary for a positive experience at TFC. The college does not charge tuition for this course since it is a non-credit course; however, a passing grade in the course is a requirement for graduation. (0 hours, either semester)


*Hybrid course with a Weekend Residency Requirement

CSG courses are electives required to be eligible to sit for NCE (LPC eligible)