Mathis V. Kennington
Dr. Mathis Kennington is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in couples therapy with high-conflict couples and couples thinking about divorce. With a training background in systems theory, Dr. Kennington teaches advanced couple and family therapy courses.
Dr. Kennington received his masters in marriage and family therapy from Abilene Christian University and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. He is an alumni of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's Minority Fellowship program, a board member for the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a recipient of the American Family Therapy Academy's inaugural Al Gurman Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Kennington trains emerging family and couple therapists in his role as faculty and clinical supervisor for the Austin Family Institute and provides public and professional presentations in the Austin community.
My passion is to educate, mentor, and train emerging couple and family therapists for competent and ethical care in Austin and beyond. My courses are student-centered and experiential, focused on enhancing efficacy within students who will soon be my colleagues.
My dissertation research studied the impact of life after prison for formerly incarcerated men and their families. In partnership with Chrysalis Ministries in San Antonio, TX, I developed a community based participatory studies and discovered that life outside prison criminalizes men through discrimination, job and career restriction, social isolation, and community parole and probation. Families and spouses or partners are additionally criminalized through close proximity to former offenders.
My coursework is always experiential. Come prepared by reading the material you are assigned. Without it, you will not be able to engage the course. My courses are not built around disseminating information, but rather, crystallizing your expertise based on the material you've read. Whether you are taking an advanced or basic theories course with me, expect to engage through discussion and creative experience.
I sometimes partner with students when I give presentations in the community. This is commensurate with the student's professionalism and diligence in the classroom. This is measured by the extent to which you engage, participate, and are dedicated to mastering the course material. In addition, I take one supervisor at a time. Each supervisee commits to a minimum two-year apprenticeship in which I cultivate your couple therapy skills and business acumen.
The field needs competent care professionals. My passion is to help students cultivate their expertise to provide exceptional care and to become successful themselves.