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PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Child & Adolescent Therapy

Students enrolled in Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Therapy program have an opportunity to study dynamics of family interaction, advanced theories in marriage and family therapy, and other relevant topics. Read on to learn more about the Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Therapy program here.

Official Program Name:

Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Therapy

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Doctorate

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Therapy program should have some educational background in the field and have an interest in becoming a child therapist. Applicants to Northcentral University's online doctoral programs should already possess a master's degree in a clinical/therapy training program.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Therapy program is designed to teach students about research methods in marriage and family therapy (MFT), advanced theories of MFT, scholarly writing in MFT, dynamics of family interaction, and statistical design for MFT research. The degree program also includes an internship, a practicum, and a dissertation. The dissertation must be submitted and defended before that degree can be awarded.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

72 credits.

Financial Aid:

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 Child and Adolescent Therapy:

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

Required Courses (72 credits)

  • MFT7101: Foundations for Doctoral Study in MFT
  • MFT7102: Scholarly Writing in MFT
  • MFT8101: Advanced Theories in MFT
  • MFT7103: Research Methods in MFT
  • MFT8102: Dynamics of Family Interaction
  • MFT7104: Statistical Design for MFT Research
  • MFT8201: Play Therapy Methods
  • MFT7105: Assessment in MFT Research and Intervention
  • MFT8202: Family Therapy with Adolescents
  • MFT7106: Quantitative Research Design in MFT
  • MFT8203: Parenting Strategies
  • MFT7107: Qualitative Research Design in MFT
  • MFT8204: ADHD Assessment and Treatment
  • MFT7108: Advanced Data Analysis Strategies in MFT
  • MFT8951: MFT Doctoral Practicum I
  • MFT8961: MFT Doctoral Internship I (1-credit course)
  • MFT8962: MFT Doctoral Internship II (1-credit course)
  • MFT8965: MFT Doctoral Internship and Portfolio (1-credit course)
  • MFT8970: MFT Supervision Methods
  • MFT8971: MFT Supervision Practicum I (1-credit course)
  • MFT8972: MFT Supervision Practicum II (1-credit course)
  • MFT8975: MFT Supervision Practicum Completion (1-credit course)
  • MFT7109: Planning Dissertation Research in MFT
  • CMP9500MFT: MFT Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
  • DIS9501MFT: Doctoral Dissertation Research I
  • DIS9502MFT: Doctoral Dissertation Research II
  • DIS9503MFT: Doctoral Dissertation Research III
  • DIS9504MFT: Doctoral Dissertation Research IV

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Career Paths:

Students who have completed Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Therapy program have an opportunity to pursue careers in the field. Possible employers include community care centers, educational institutions, nonprofits, and social work agencies. Many graduates may choose to open their own child therapy clinic and build up a client base.

Some possible careers that graduates could pursue include:

  • Child therapist
  • Family therapist
  • Professor

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