Marriage and Family Therapy - Seattle Pacific University

Marriage & Family Therapy
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Ave. W., Ste. 107
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206-281-2918
Fax: 206-281-2695

Internship Partners

The Marriage and Family Therapy Internship Site

MFTThe MFT internship site offers our students the opportunity for experiential learning by providing clinical services in a professional and supportive environment.

The internship site provides appropriate clients for the intern to meet their requirements, offering as diverse a clientele as possible.


During the internship, students provide at least 500 face-to-face therapy hours with clients while under supervision. At least half of the direct therapy hours will be with couples and/or families present in the room. Students receive supervision from supervisors at their site and on campus during the practicum course sequence. Students receive at least 100 hours of supervision, at least 50 hours being individual supervision.

Internship Day

Students meet site supervisors and representatives during Internship Day, an event held on the SPU campus. The end goal of Internship Day is to enable students to make an informed decision about which sites they would like to pursue for placement.

Students on the two year track: The 18-month internship begins winter quarter (January) of their first year and concludes upon graduation.

Students on the three year track: The 21-month internship begins fall quarter (September) of their second year, concluding at graduation.

An internship will begin once the student, site supervisor, site representative, and the SPU Director of Internships sign the Four-Way Internship Agreement.


What type of internship sites partner with SPU’s MFT Program?

Sites that value a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE)

  • COAMFTE, the accreditation body of the AAMFT, has the nation’s highest clinical standards in the field of mental health training.
  • Students who graduate from a COAMFTE-accredited program are competent in research, theory, and practice.

Sites that value supervision and support for our interns

  • The MFT program supports a Director of Internships and Director of Clinical Training who oversee the development of sites, supervisors, and internship contracts, and manage the clinical development of our interns.
  • Our interns have three different faculty supervisors (AAMFT Approved Supervisors) for at least six months each, who partner with internship site supervisors.
  • Site supervisors have opportunities to connect with each other and meet with the Director of Internships.

Sites that value multidisciplinary, systems, and integrated approaches to healing

  • SPU’s MFT program believes that the mind, body, relationships, and spirituality are all part of a person’s experience.
  • Students are trained to work with all parts of a person’s life in the service of healing.
  • Interns are trained in systems theories and develop competencies in working with individuals, parent/child dyads, families, and couples, as well as in group therapy contexts.

Sites that value interns who know themselves well

  • SPU’s program has a strong person of the therapist training component.
  • While interns learn theory and clinical skills, they apply these concepts to their lives. Interns explore their own beliefs, especially in relation to the relational stance undergirding the program: ORCA – openness, respect, curiosity, and accountability to power.