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Doctorate of Marriage & Family Therapy / Child & Adolescent Therapy

Program Details

The Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT) is a challenging, yet fulfilling, in-depth degree program designed to meet your own unique professional and personal goals. The DMFT is a 60-credit doctoral program designed to provide master’s-level clinicians with skills in program development, program evaluation, grant writing, clinical practice, clinical supervision, and applied research.

Childhood and the teenage years are often fraught with drama and, for many, heartache. The Child and Adolescent Therapy DMFT specialization is designed to prepare you to work in therapy settings with children and adolescents, and view those interactions from a family therapy and/or family systems perspective. With these goals in mind, you will be required to focus your course projects, internship work and dissertation research on issues related to working with children and adolescents. Through your online coursework and offline practicum within your community, you will be challenged to develop competencies and sensitivities to the particulars of working with children and teens who are facing challenges beyond their capacities.

Requirements

This program requires face-to-face client contact, supervision, and a doctoral internship prior to completing the program.

  • Applicants must have earned a master’s degree from a nationally or regionally accredited university. The qualifying master’s degree must have been completed in a clinical program (e.g., MFT, psychology, social work, counseling)
  • Send your official transcripts from other schools you attended
  • Current resume or CV
  • Statement of intent
  • Licensure plan (not required for applicants with an existing MFT license)
  • Statement of professional ethics and conduct
  • List of clinical site possibilities in the area of residence (not required for applicants with an existing MFT license)
  • Course transfer/waive request (if applicable)
  • Interview with an MFT faculty member
  • Background check

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission,Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Restrictions

This program is not authorized for residents of Arkansas, New York, or North Carolina.