Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accredits Capella University's Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program

May 29, 2013

The Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Program receives a 5-year accreditation

MINNEAPOLIS, May 29, 2013 – The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) has accredited Capella University's Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program. The 5-year accreditation, awarded without stipulations, is the longest period of accreditation granted to newly accredited programs. Capella University (http://www.capella.edu) is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing high-quality online degree programs for working adults. As of March 31, 2013, more than 36,000 students were pursuing an online degree at Capella. The learning and career outcomes of Capella's students and alumni can be found at www.capellaresults.org.

COAMFTE is a specialized accrediting body that accredits master's degree, doctoral degree, and post-graduate degree clinical training programs in marriage and family therapy throughout the United States and Canada. It is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as an accrediting agency for graduate degree and clinical training programs in marriage and family therapy.

“The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education congratulates the Marriage and Family Therapy master's program at Capella University on receiving COAMFTE accreditation. The program's offering of a distance learning component will allow students interested in marriage and family therapy more access than ever to training and education. The Commission is proud to have the master's MFT program at Capella join the ranks of over 100 COAMFTE-accredited programs,” said Colleen M. Peterson, PhD, the Chair of COAMFTE.

Capella's master's degree program in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (which is also CACREP-accredited) includes a rigorous combination of distance education and face-to-face preparation. The program curriculum includes online course work, residential colloquia, and clinical field experiences designed to prepare students for state licensure eligibility. Students learn to apply family systems theories and therapeutic techniques to address a wide range of relationship issues and to assess and treat mental and emotional disorders and problems within the family system. They integrate and apply research and theories in the practice of marriage and family therapy, including relational/systemic theories, theories of individual and family development across the life span, and other foundational theories in marriage and family therapy to clinical practice.

About Capella University
Capella University (www.capella.edu) is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing quality online degree programs for working adults. About 75 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, homeland security, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 145 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 22 certificate programs. More than 36,000 learners were enrolled as of March 31, 2013, from all 50 states and 61 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit http://www.capella.edu or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

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*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), http://www.ncahlc.org.
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