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PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - General Family Therapy

Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy program is designed for individuals with existing graduate training in marriage and family therapy or clinical therapy. Read more about this practice-focused MFT program here.

Official Program Name:

Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in this program may benefit from previous courses in statistical analysis, business communications, organizational behavior, or management. Before starting the clinical portion of the program, students must obtain liability insurance. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy program is designed to develop competent and scholarly professionals in the field. Learners enrolled in this Northcentral University program have the opportunity to examine common issues affecting the family unit as well as ways to address these issues as competent mental health professionals. The curriculum is designed to incorporate 1,000 patient contact hours, 500 of which must be in a marriage or family therapy environment. Students will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience as clinical overseers through the completion of a 9-month supervising practicum. In addition to developing hands-on skills in the field, participants have the ability to strengthen their understanding of proven research methods as well as develop their own analytical skills and professional style.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

Students must complete at least 72 post-master's degree credits. There are two curriculum tracks - the direct track is for students who already possess marriage and family therapy graduate training; the evaluation track is for individuals who possess graduate training in a closely related field. Students in the direct track can begin their 72-credit program immediately; those in the latter program must complete up to 36 additional standard curriculum credits. Maximum time allotted for program completion is seven years.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a Specialization in General Family Therapy:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Students complete either the Direct Track or the Evaluation Track, depending on educational background.

Direct Track:

Foundation Requirements (6 credits)

  • MFT 7101: Foundations for Doctoral Study in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 7102: Scholarly Writing in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)

Marriage and Family Therapy - General Therapy Requirements (39 credits)

  • MFT 8101: Advanced Theories in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 8102: Dynamics of Family Interaction (3 credits)
  • MFT 7103: Research Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 7104: Statistical Design for Marriage and Family Therapy Research (3 credits)
  • MFT 8202: Family Therapy with Adolescents (3 credits)
  • MFT 7105: Assessment in Marriage and Family Therapy Research and Intervention (3 credits)
  • MFT 8301: Advanced Couple Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 7106: Quantitative Research Design in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 8115: Family Systems Approaches to Addiction (3 credits)
  • MFT 7107: Qualitative Research Design in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 8150: Family Life Education (3 credits)
  • MFT 7108: Advanced Data Analysis Strategies in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 7109: Planning Dissertation Research in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)

Internship and Practica Requirements (12 credits)

  • MFT 8951: Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Practicum I (3 credits)
  • MFT 8961: Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Internship I (1 credit)
  • MFT 8962: Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Internship II (1 credit)
  • MFT 8965: Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Internship and Portfolio (1 credit)
  • MFT 8970: Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision Methods (3 credits)
  • MFT 8971: Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision Practicum I (1 credit)
  • MFT 8972: Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision Practicum II (1 credit)
  • MFT 8975: Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision Practicum Completion (1 credit)

Comprehensive Exam Requirements (3 credits)

  • CMP 9500MFT: Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9501MFT: Doctoral Dissertation Research I (3 credits)
  • DIS 9502MFT: Doctoral Dissertation Research II (3 credits)
  • DIS 9503MFT: Doctoral Dissertation Research III (3 credits)
  • DIS 9504MFT: Doctoral Dissertation Research IV (3 credits)

Evaluation Track:

Foundation Requirements (6 credits)

  • MFT 7101: Foundations for Doctoral Study in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 7102: Scholarly Writing in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)

Standard Curriculum Requirements (0-36 credit hours as determined during applicant review)

  • MFT 5102: Ethics and Professional Development (3 credits)
  • MFT 5103: Systemic Evaluation and Case Management (3 credits)
  • MFT 5104: Treatment Planning and Traditional Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 5105: Recovery Oriented Care and Postmodern Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 5106: Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
  • MFT 6101: Lifespan Individual and Family Development (3 credits)
  • MFT 6102: Psychopathology, Diagnosis, and Systemic Treatment (3 credits)
  • MFT 6103: Cultural Diversity, Gender, and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 6104: Family Therapy with Children (3 credits)
  • MFT 6105: Couple Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 6106: Families in Crisis (3 credits)
  • MFT 6951: Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum I (3 credits)

Marriage and Family Therapy - General Therapy Requirements (39 credits)

  • MFT 8101: Advanced Theories in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 8102: Dynamics of Family Interaction (3 credits)
  • MFT 7103: Research Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 7104: Statistical Design for Marriage and Family Therapy Research (3 credits)
  • MFT 8202: Family Therapy with Adolescents (3 credits)
  • MFT 7105: Assessment in Marriage and Family Therapy Research and Intervention (3 credits)
  • MFT 8301: Advanced Couple Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 7106: Quantitative Research Design in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 8115: Family Systems Approaches to Addiction (3 credits)
  • MFT 7107: Qualitative Research Design in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 8150: Family Life Education (3 credits)
  • MFT 7108: Advanced Data Analysis Strategies in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • MFT 7109: Planning Dissertation Research in Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)

Internship and Practica Requirements (12 credits)

  • MFT 8951: Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Practicum I (3 credits)
  • MFT 8961: Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Internship I (1 credit)
  • MFT 8962: Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Internship II (1 credit)
  • MFT 8965: Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Internship and Portfolio (1 credit)
  • MFT 8970: Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision Methods (3 credits)
  • MFT 8971: Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision Practicum I (1 credit)
  • MFT 8972: Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision Practicum II (1 credit)
  • MFT 8975: Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision Practicum Completion (1 credit)

Comprehensive Exam Requirements (3 credits)

  • CMP 9500MFT: Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9501MFT: Doctoral Dissertation Research I (3 credits)
  • DIS 9502MFT: Doctoral Dissertation Research II (3 credits)
  • DIS 9503MFT: Doctoral Dissertation Research III (3 credits)
  • DIS 9504MFT: Doctoral Dissertation Research IV (3 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Depending on individual agency or government requirements, graduates of this Northcentral University program could be able to pursue professional license or certification in marriage and family therapy. They could go on to work in private or group practices. Opportunities could also be sought in government sectors, hospitals, outpatient centers, or academia. Tasks that professionals in this field could undertake might include research, patient assessment, intervention, or treatment.

Individuals who have earned a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy degree might be able to apply for roles as:

  • Family therapists
  • Marriage and family therapy supervisors
  • Counseling professors