What is Medical Family Therapy?
The medical field is developing integrated health care teams to address the physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational needs of patients. Due to complex treatment protocols and life effects of chronic illness, health care systems are struggling to provide adequate care. Post-graduate students with advanced training in medical family therapy are vital to today’s health care teams.
Watch a video featuring Tina Schermer Sellers to learn more about what a career in medical family therapy is like.
The change in American health care
Since 1995, leading medical journals have published studies showing that an integrated treatment protocol resulted in prolonged survival rates, significant cost savings, and an increased quality of life for cancer and heart disease patients.
Seattle Pacific University has seen an increase in alumni obtaining jobs in different medical centers working with infertility, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, diabetes, heart disease, and the depression and anxiety that often accompany chronic conditions. This is an ideal time to join the movement toward integrated health care.
As a graduate of the Medical Family Therapy Certificate program, you are prepared to do the following:
Work as a behavioral health provider in outpatient medical clinics.
Give psychosocial and spiritual care to patients and families dealing with chronic illness or chronic stress.
Provide practical support to physicians and nurses treating complex illnesses and complex cases.
Assess and treat the most common psychosocial and health behavior-related issues complicating treatment and medical outcome.
Choose your path
Whether you are a student in the Marriage and Family Therapy master’s degree program or a professional or post-graduate student, you can begin the MedFT application process right for you:
The Medical Family Therapy program begins in Autumn Quarter and admits students once a year. Application deadline is July 1. Apply now.
For the 2015–16 academic year:
- The Medical Family Therapy certificate program is $698 per credit.
- To graduate with the MedFT Certificate, you must complete a minimum of 16 credits.
Review additional information about costs and financial aid.
Training seminars for professionals
Need CEUs? Check out upcoming training seminars to further your education: