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Whit Fraser Institute for Marriage and Family Studies

The Whit Fraser Institute (WFI) for Marriage and Family Studies offers course work and clinical supervision designed to advance the education and skills of anyone who works with couples and families.


Generally, a student at the WFI should have earned a graduate degree in a field such as Social Work, Counseling, or Divinity, or have a strong background in the study of human relations.

The courses have been approved by the Georgia Composite Board for Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists to meet the academic requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapist license. Please note that the license also requires

1) that the individual has completed an advanced degree deemed by the Board to be related to a Marriage and Family Therapy degree

2) that the individual has completed a certain number of hours of practice and supervision, also approved by the Board

3) that the individual has passed an exam approved by the Board. (Please see the Georgia Secretary of State website for the complete licensing law and Board rules.)

All courses meet for a total of 45 classroom hours, usually over a period of 15 consecutive weeks. The cost is $600.00 per course. Contact the Stephen Fishack at 912-369-7777 for the current schedule. To apply, send a letter of inquiry along with a current resume to The Whit Fraser Institute for Marriage and Family Studies, 203 Mary Lou Drive, Hinesville, GA 31313.

Courses Offered

Marriage and Family Therapy:
1) Family Systems Therapy
2) Advanced Practice in Marriage and Family Therapy
Family Studies:
1) Family Life Span Development
2) Basic Concepts and Techniques in Family Therapy
Professional Ethics and Legal Issues in Family Therapy Practice

Clinical Supervision

The supervision experience is tailored to meet each individual’s needs whether it is to lead to licensure, enhance the skills of the new practitioner, or to ensure the continued growth of the experienced clinician. Supervisors meet the criteria of the Georgia Composite Board of Social Work, Professional Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy, and include supervisors approved by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Supervision may be offered in individual or group settings. Contact WFI at 912-369-7777 for availability and fees. A preliminary interview with the supervisor, at no charge, may be required, along with a current resume and references.

If you have an emergency:  At this time we do not provide immediate crisis intervention.  Please call 1-800-715-4225 for assistance or 911 for emergencies.