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5/30/08 Fullerton, CA - Hope International University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program Receives Candidacy Status

The Marriage and Family Therapy graduate degree program at Hope International University was recently granted candidacy status by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). COAMFTE is a specialized accrediting body that accredits post-graduate, masterís degree, and doctoral degree clinical training programs in the United States and Canada. The United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognizes COAMFTE as the national accrediting body for marriage and family therapy programs.

In July, Dr. Laura Steele, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Hope International University, submitted a self-study to COAMFTE, and on December 3 and 4, 2007, a team from COAMFTE visited the campus to evaluate Hope's program. While the COAMFTE evaluators were on campus, they met with faculty, staff, and students to assess the counseling and therapy programs.

The parent organization of COAMFTE is the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). AAMFT is a national organization that facilitates research, theory development and education, as well as develops standards for graduate education and training, clinical supervision, professional ethics and the clinical practice of marriage and family therapy. They are the national leader in the field of marriage and family therapy.

To find out more about Hope's Marriage and Family Therapy program, visit or contact the admissions department at

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