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MA in Marriage & Family Therapy: Medical Family Therapy

Individuals who would like to prepare for a career counseling individuals with chronic or acute medical difficulties may want to consider Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy program with a specialization in Medical Family Therapy. Read on to find out more about this online master's degree program below.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy with a specialization in Medical Family Therapy

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Students who are considering this program should be patient, understanding, and interested in entering a career in marriage and family therapy. They must submit a statement of intent, licensure plan, current CV, and list of possible clinical sites. All applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs must already possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) program with a specialization in Medical Family Therapy is geared toward individuals who would like to prepare for a counseling position where they work with individuals and families facing medical difficulties. The core courses allow students to explore theory-based treatment planning, family systems, clinical skills, recovery-oriented care, and legal and ethical issues in marriage and family therapy. The specialization courses explore models for helping clients understand and manage their medical difficulties. MAMFT students will also need to complete a research course and 500 hours of direct client contact, which may include conducting therapy sessions with individuals or groups.

Learning Format:

Online

Total Credits Required:

The MAMFT program requires 45 credit hours; however, some students may need additional credit hours to meet specific state licensure requirements.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loans 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 Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy with a specialization in Medical Family 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 (27 credits)

  • MFT 5101: Foundations for Graduate Study in MFT
  • MFT 5102: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Development in MFT
  • MFT 5103: Systemic Evaluation and Case Management
  • MFT 5104: Treatment Planning and Traditional Family Therapy
  • MFT 5105: Recovery-Oriented Care and Postmodern Family Therapy
  • MFT 6101: Human Development and Family Dynamics Across the Lifespan
  • MFT 6103: Cultural Diversity, Gender, and Family Development
  • MFT 6105: Couple and Sex Therapy
  • MFT 6106: Families in Crisis

Medical Family Therapy Specialization Courses (9 credits)

  • Students choose two of the following:
    • MFT 6114: Families with Severe and Chronic Illness
    • MFT 6530: Medical Family Therapy: Historical and Theoretical Foundations
    • MFT 6531: Medical Family Therapy: Clinical Applications
  • MFT 5106: Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice

Clinical Experience Requirements (9 credits)

  • MFT 6951: MFT Practicum I
  • MFT 6952: MFT Practicum II
  • MFT 6991: MFT Internship I
  • MFT 6992: MFT Internship II
  • MFT 6995: MFT Internship and Capstone Presentation

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once they have completed Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy program with a specialization in Medical Family Therapy, graduates may choose between entering the work force or continuing their training in a post-master's program. Doctoral-level programs could prepare them for advanced counseling positions, teaching or research careers, or allow them to add an additional specialization area. Some of the program options graduates could consider are:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Family and Marriage Therapy - General Family Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Family and Marriage Therapy - Medical Family Therapy
  • Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy - Medical Family Therapy

Career Paths:

Graduates of NCU's MAMFT program could be prepared to seek counseling positions within a variety of environments, including private counseling practices, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, mental health centers, or public service agencies. Depending on the positions, they may also need to secure state licensure; specific requirements vary by state. Possible job options include:

  • Licensed marriage and family therapist
  • Family services therapist
  • Medical therapy counselor
  • Hospital counselor

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