ECU’s MFT, MedFT programs receive reaccreditation

By Nicole Wood
ECU College of Human Ecology

The Marriage and Family Therapy and Medical Family Therapy programs at East Carolina University were recently reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.

In addition to being fully supported by the commission, the programs received zero stipulations to their reaccreditation.

The accreditation process included site visits and a self-study of both programs which topped out at over 4,000 pages.

Dr. Angela Lamson

Dr. Angela Lamson

Dr. Angela Lamson, professor and director of both programs, explained why the programs are so highly regarded. “Certainly our programs are rigorous and include several courses and competencies that ensure that our students at the master’s level have a high clinical competency and that those in our doctoral program have a high research competency,” said Lamson.

“With our students providing over 8,000 hours of therapy a year, it is important to ensure that they are making a difference in Pitt County, North Carolina, and nationally. Therefore, we survey our stakeholders regularly to gauge opinions of our programs, students, and services,” she said.

The programs will be showcased at the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education’s training for programs seeking accreditation.



Sea kayaking among adventures at CRW

Sea kayaking trips are among the many adventures offered through ECU's Campus Recreation and Wellness. (Contributed photo)

Sea kayaking trips are among the many adventures offered through ECU’s Campus Recreation and Wellness. (Contributed photo)

ECU faculty, staff and students seeking a summertime adventure might enjoy sea kayaking to Bear Island, a program offered by ECU Campus Recreation and Wellness on June 22. The trip includes a 3-mile paddle and lunch on an unspoiled beach.

No experience is required, but participants pay a fee and attend one mandatory pre-trip meeting and one kayak pool session.

Sign up by June 18.  More details on the sea kayaking trip are available at

Additional programs offered through CRW include intramural and club sports, fitness classes, aquatics, wellness programs and team training. Visit Campus Recreation and Wellness at for more information.


Race to benefit pediatric research

The first Skedaddle for the Small Fries 5K and one mile Fun Run will be held June 8 at the Town Common on First Street in Greenville.db09b8b0364d9a92c1486d6bd039c55b

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m.

Register at The 5K cost is $20 before June 8 and $25 on race day. The Fun Run is $10 in advance and $15 on race day.

All proceeds benefit the East Carolina Pediatric Research Initiative, a non-profit organization working to improve the lives and health of eastern North Carolina children in its support of the Department of Pediatrics at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. For more information, visit, on Facebook at skedaddle for the small fries, or Twitter at @skedaddle4fries.

Donations are welcome. Contact Kristin Harbaugh at or Jason Higginson at for more information on donating to the East Carolina Pediatric Research Initiative or being a sponsor for the race. Contact Harbaugh to volunteer at the race.