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Jobs for marriage and family therapy: African-American studies graduates

November 18, 2016

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Published: November 18, 2016

An M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy: African-American Family Studies is a degree that may not be well-known to many. This degree provides a firm understanding of the unique mental health needs of the African-American community and the challenges that they face that rise from influences such as racism, poverty, politics, and institutions.

Marriage and Family Therapists, generally, will enact treatments for many mental health disorders, including schizophrenia, alcoholism, drug abuse, mood disorders, childhood autism, and anorexia.

The African-American studies specialization helps students develop skills and tools necessary to form a better understanding of the modern world from a global context, while learning both national and international components that factor into their concentrated fields.

Students who complete the specialization in African-American studies will learn a variety of material including:

  • A foundational understanding of African-American history and culture
  • How to develop the skills to think globally and critically
  • A specialized understanding of the mental health needs of the African-American community
  • A culturally relevant approach to therapy
  • The dynamics within African-American families
  • How to learn to analyze the external and internal factors that affect the way African American people have developed throughout the years
  • To be aware of the important disciplines and theories that are represented by the African American people, including the important issues and themes that have influenced the culture throughout history


What Can I do with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy: African-American Family Studies Specialization?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Marriage and Family Therapist jobs are expected to grow much faster than average for other occupations. Practitioners who have a background in African-American studies will be better positioned to serve this particular population.

To give you a better idea of the types of jobs and work settings that you can obtain with a master’s degree with a specialization in African American studies, below is a list of potential job titles. These titles and employment options are definitely not a complete list; however, it can give you an idea of what you can reasonably expect. The list being offered as a means to give you a bit more insight into what can be done with a degree with a concentration in African American studies, as well as how the precise skills and training can be used.

MFT: African American Studies jobs can be found in the following areas:

  • Outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers
  • Facilities that address intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health, and substance abuse
  • Hospitals
  • Individual and family services
  • State and local government, excluding education and hospitals
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Practitioner offices
  • Nursing and residential care facilities


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