and Family Therapy Program Receives
THE MARRIAGE AND Family Therapy (MFT) Department at Seattle
Pacific University recently received a boost in its efforts to teach
holistic care. Last summer, the marriage and family therapy master
of science degree at SPU was granted six years of national accreditation.
It’s a rare honor; the only other accredited MFT program in Washington
state is at Pacific Lutheran University.
“We want to congratulate the faculty and staff who deliver this fine
program and worked hard on the accreditation process,” says Les Steele,
vice president for academic affairs. In particular, he cites the work
of department professors, including Claudia Grauf-Grounds, chair of
marriage and family therapy.
Within the standard MFT curriculum is the option to incorporate a
certificate in a fairly new holistic field called medical family therapy
(MDFT). Grauf-Grounds helped develop the MDFT certificate program
at SPU with Tina Schermer Sellers, now director of MDFT. Grauf-Grounds
is excited about the prospects of taking a holistic view of a person’s
health, exploring emotional, spiritual and physical issues. “Belief,
spirituality and health go together,” she says. “MDFT opens up the
idea that medical issues have all these components.”
Research shows, for instance, that patients with heart failure often
deal with depression as well. “In MDFT, we don’t try to uncover which
came first, the physical or the emotional ailment,” she says. “We
deal with what’s going on now. It’s systemically oriented. Everything
contributes to the problem — and the solution.”
If an individual enters a medical center seeming depressed, says Grauf-
Grounds, a health care provider trained in MDFT will not just advocate
medication. Instead, the provider will interview the client, trying
to uncover various contributing factors, such as relationship issues
or traumatic experiences. The provider might then choose to refer
the client either to a counselor or a pastor for emotional and spiritual
A client’s physical and mental health often improves with “the support
of a community of faith, “ she observes.
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