On September 29, the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Program at CTS celebrated 25 years of accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education with a celebration dinner gathering faculty, staff, alumni and current students in the program. Dr. Nenetzin Reyes, president-elect of Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, presented a plaque from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy celebrating this anniversary to Dr. Suzanne Coyle, MAMFT Program Director. Interim President Dr. Bill Kincaid addressed the many generations of graduates from the program who have served families in our churches and community and across the country. Dr. Sarah Lund, Vice President for Seminary Advancement, announced the establishment of a fund to support the MFT program.
The Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa, the national honor society for marriage and family therapy, held its annual new member induction ceremony following the dinner. This year’s new inductees double the membership of the CTS chapter, which was inaugurated last September. New members include Lacey Adams, Melissa Bauzo, William Bauzo, Janet Braun, Lynda Blackwelder, Laurie Budlong-Morse, Christina Davis, Emilee Delbridge, Laura Medlin, Kimberly O’Connell, Joseph Persinger, Michele Prible, Kerrie Siegl, Chelsea Summerlot, and Amanda Votaw.
The celebration weekend ended with a conference “Raising a Spiritually Sensitive Child” featuring panelists Dr. Suzanne Coyle, Dr. Matt Galvin, Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, and Rebecca Heger. Dr. Jacquie Braeger moderated the discussion. Breakout workshops were led by students currently in the “Children and Adolescents in Families” class—Patrice Adams, Phyllis Harris, and Katie Miller. The conference was well attended by members of community churches. Dr. Coyle remarked, “The sizable percentage of church people attending this conference attests to the hunger people have to nurture their children in the faith. Tentative plans are to invite registrants to explore ongoing discussion groups around this topic. Another conference may be held in the future.”