The MFT programs offer a deeply relational approach to teaching and learning. Just as research has demonstrated that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the single critical factor in producing positive healing outcomes, Pacific Oaks believe that the quality of the academic relationships among students and instructors is the cornerstone of a transformative academic learning experience.
The MFT programs’ emphasis on intrapersonal, family and institutional issues provides a holistic approach to understanding the theory and practice of marriage, family and child therapy. The program at Pacific Oaks respects the unique learning styles of the individual and practices a relational model of learning that is dynamic, engaging, respectful and transformational. Faculty and students are partners in the learning community. Students are expected and mentored towards critically examining their own attitudes, beliefs and values to become clinically skilled and culturally attuned therapists.