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DMFT - Military Family Therapy

Northcentral University's Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy with a Therapy with Military Families Specialization is designed to prepare graduates to offer counseling to individuals, couples, and families who have members who work for the military. Read more about Northcentral University's DMFT - Therapy with Military Families program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy with a Therapy with Military Families Specialization

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Students considering enrolling in Northcentral University's Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy program with a Therapy with Military Families Specialization should have an interest in helping military personnel and their families through counseling and therapy. Applicants to Northcentral University's doctoral programs should have a master's degree or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families Specialization program at Northcentral University provides students with the opportunity to learn the foundations of marriage and family counseling with an emphasis in addressing the unique challenges faced by members of the military and those closest to them. The core courses cover topics in MFT research, grant writing, and program evaluation. The specialziation courses allow students the chance to study military and veteran cultures, ethical standards and moral injuries when working with military members and veterans, and behavioral health challenges experienced by these populations. This program includes online classroom teaching accompanied by hands-on learning opportunities, including projects and practicums.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Northcentral University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy with a Therapy with Military Families Specialization

The DMFT - Therapy with Military Families Specialization program builds on the foundational courses of the DMFT program by including 12 credits' worth of courses focused on counseling military personnel and their families. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (48 credits)

  • DMFT Foundations for Applied Doctoral Studies in MFT
  • Scholarly Literature Review in MFT
  • Program Development for MFTs
  • Grant Writing Concepts and Approaches for MFTs
  • DMFT Portfolio I
  • Research Methods in MFT
  • Quantitative Research Design and Statistical Analysis in MFT
  • MFT Supervision
  • DMFT Portfolio II
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis in Marriage and Family Therapy MFT
  • DMFT Doctoral Internship I
  • DMFT Doctoral Internship II
  • Program Evaluation and Monitoring in MFT
  • DMFT Doctoral Internship and Portfolio
  • DMFT Portfolio III
  • Components of the Dissertation
  • The Dissertation Proposal
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • Dissertation Manuscript and Defense
  • Students choose one of the following two options:
    • Doctoral Supervision Practicum
    • DMFT Doctoral Practicum

Therapy with Military Families Specialization Courses (12 credits)

  • Military and Veteran Culture Across the Lifespan
  • Trauma and Resilience in Military and Veteran Couples and Families
  • Ethical Challenges and Moral Injuries Across Military and Veteran Populations
  • Behavioral Health Care with Military and Veteran Populations

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy program with a Therapy with Military Families Specialization at Northcentral University is designed to prepare graduates to provide counseling to those working in the military along with their families. Graduates of this program should also be qualified to offer supervision to future counselors, teach in an academic setting, and contribute to research in the field.

Possible careers include:

  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Military counselor
  • Trauma counselor
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Academic professor

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