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Full accreditation status received by counseling and family sciences

The counseling and family sciences department achieved full accreditation status for its doctor of marital and family therapy (DMFT), PhD in marital and family therapy, and the MS in marital and family therapy. The accreditation is for six years with no stipulations. LLU is just one of about 20 schools in the United States whose doctoral programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

“We’ve worked hard to have achieved a certain level of excellence of which a national standard is applied,” says Mary Moline, PhD, chair of the CFT department. “It’s very rewarding. I’m proud of the faculty and students.”

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s COAMFTE is a specialized accrediting body that accredits master’s degree, doctoral degree, and postgraduate degree clinical training programs in marriage and family therapy throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1978, the COAMFTE has been recognized by the United States Department of Education as the national accrediting body for the field of marriage and family therapy.

The counseling and family sciences department has eight programs: marital and family therapy (MS, DMPT, PhD); child life specialist (certificate, MS); clinical mediation  (certificate); counseling (MS); family life education  (certificate); family studies (MA, PhD); group counseling (certificate); and school counseling (certificate).

For more information about the master’s programs you may contact Betsy Jones at (909) 558-1000 ext. 47001. To learn more about the doctoral programs, contact Patty Hoerner at (909) 558-1000, ext. 47003.

By Patricia Thio

TODAY news for Thursday, June 8, 2006