Chairperson: Einat Metzl
Professor: Debra Linesch
Associate Professor: Einat Metzl
Assistant Professors: Anthony Bodlovic, Louvenia Jackson
Associate Clinical Professor: Paige Asawa
Practicum Coordinator: Kathleen Fogel-Richmond
Office Location: University Hall, Suite 2500
The Graduate Department of Marital and Family Therapy offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy. In addition to State of California required curriculum in traditional marital and family therapy coursework, the program is augmented with art therapy coursework. The department provides its graduates with comprehensive training in both verbal and nonverbal modalities. The structure of the program begins with the foundational marital and family therapy coursework, teaching sound theoretical understandings as well as a variety of clinical strategies, including art therapy as a modality. Additional coursework focuses on the art therapy process providing graduates with training in clinical art therapy and giving them breadth and skill in a nonverbal modality.
The Department trains clinicians to work in facilities providing psychological therapeutic services such as: community mental health centers, family counseling agencies, psychiatric hospitals, general hospitals, therapeutic and public schools, residential treatment facilities, drug, alcohol and rehabilitation centers.
The Department provides two- and three-year programs of rigorous academic work combined with two clinical internships of approximately 840 hours and 420 hours of direct client contact.
Initiated at Immaculate Heart College in 1974, the Department moved to Loyola Marymount in 1980. It encourages well-trained, traditionally grounded marital and family therapists who can expertly utilize art therapy within their clinical work. This philosophy effectively facilitates the comprehensive successes of our graduates within the systems that deliver mental health services in our communities.
The curriculum is designed to meet all the academic requirements established by the State of California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences for the M.F.T. license. The core curriculum and the additional training in art therapy allow the graduate to apply for registration with the American Art Therapy Association.
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 (“B”) average or higher
- Prerequisites in Psychology and Studio Art
- A minimum of eighteen (18) semester hour credits (or twenty-seven  quarter-hour credits) of study in studio art which demonstrates proficiency and disciplined commitment in art making
- A minimum of twelve (12) semester hours credits (or  quarter-hour credits) of study in psychology, which must include developmental psychology and abnormal psychology
- An application with a $50 application fee.
- Satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
- Autobiography with emphasis on personal life experiences rather than educational or occupational information
- Portfolio of art work
- Two (2) letters of recommendation
- Video interview followed by a second interview on the LMU campus
- A $250 deposit must accompany your letter of acceptance within 21 days of notification by the University of your admittance into the program. The deposit is applied toward tuition and is non-refundable.
- Admission is on a rolling basis