School of Psychology

DEPARTMENT OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

Our master’s degree programs prepare you for service in marriage and family therapy, family life education, and marriage and family studies—in an educational environment that fosters personal integrity, Christian vision, and professional competence through our focus on five areas.

PROGRAM DISTINCTIVES

There are two distinct components of our MSMFT training program. The first is training our students to conceptualize and practice therapy from a family systems perspective—the hallmark of the marriage and family therapy field. This perspective emphasizes working with clients within their relational context in order to increase therapeutic efficacy and produce sustainable change.

The second is faculty involvement in student training. All of our students participate in weekly, faculty-led consultation (Pasadena) or supervision groups (Phoenix) where students present cases and receive feedback from faculty and peers. In addition, at the Pasadena campus, a number of our students train with our faculty and receive weekly live supervision in a specific therapeutic modality such as Restoration Therapy and Emotionally-Focused Therapy. However, whether at the Pasadena or at the Phoenix campus, regardless of where our students train (e.g., schools, group private practice settings, college counseling centers, church counseling centers, or Department of Mental Health contracted agencies), faculty are involved in students’ personal and professional development as marriage and family therapists.

INTEGRATION
CLINICAL TRAINING
MINISTRY FOCUS
COMMUNITY FOCUS

FACULTY

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James Furrow

Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy

Interpersonal relationships, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, and positive youth development

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Gloria Gabler

Assistant Professor of Marital and Family Therapy and MFT Program Director, Fuller Arizona

Couples therapy, family therapy, legal and ethical issues

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Terry Hargrave

Professor of Marital and Family Therapy

Forgiveness, aging and caregiving, intensive marital therapy, contextual family therapy

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Migum Gweon

Director of Clinical Training for Marriage and Family and Administrative Instructor in Marriage and Family

Practicum placement and training, clinical skills and interventions, Restoration Therapy Model

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Benjamin J. Houltberg

Assistant Professor of Human Development

Multidimensional view of development, socialization factors and neurophysiological mechanisms of emotion regulation, identity and spiritual formation with elite athletes, positive youth development in adverse circumstances, applied developmental science

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Pamela Ebstyne King

Peter L. Benson Associate Professor of Applied Developmental Science

Positive youth development, spiritual development, theological perspectives on development

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Cameron Lee

Professor of Marriage and Family Studies

Family systems theory, dynamics of clergy families, and marriage and family life education

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Lisseth Rojas-Flores

Associate Professor of Marital and Family Therapy

Trauma, child and adolescent therapy, immigration, youth violence prevention, community engagement, cross-cultural research, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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Miyoung Yoon Hammer

Associate Professor of Marital and Family Therapy

Medical family therapy, self-of-the-therapist process, spiritual formation, cultural diversity and clinical interventions, Restoration Therapy.

SENIOR FACULTY MEMBERS

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Jack Balswick

Senior Professor of Sociology and Family Development

Gender roles and sexuality, men's ministries, family ministry, human and family development, and the theology of the family

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Judith Balswick

Senior Professor of Marital and Family Therapy

Integration of therapy and theology, family therapy, human sexuality, family communication, spiritual dimensions of therapeutic practice, family ministry, and supervision