PhD - Marriage & Family Therapy: Child & Adolescent Therapy

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The PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy program with a specialization in Child & Adolescent Therapy at Northcentral University is focused on expanding your knowledge of techniques and practices used in possible future careers. Read on to find out more about this program today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy program with a specialization in Child & Adolescent Therapy at Northcentral University covers a variety of topics while including internship courses to help you get hands on experience in the field. You will be required to pass all your courses with at least a B average, pass a comprehensive exam, and write an acceptable doctoral dissertation order to graduate from the program.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying to this program, you should already have a strong background in marriage and family therapy that you wish to expand. You should have excellent patience and a desire to help people of all ages through their problems by expanding your knowledge of today's techniques and practices. You are required to have a master's degree completed in a clinical training program prior to applying to this program at Northcentral University.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this program, you will be required to complete at least 69 credit hours. Courses include a combination of foundation and specialization courses, as well as internship courses, a comprehensive exam course and doctoral dissertation courses.

Courses for a PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Child & Adolescent Therapy

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
FT 7101 Foundations for Doctoral Study in MFT
MFT 7102 Scholarly Writing in MFT
MFT 7103Research Methods in MFT
MFT 7104Statistical Design for MFT Research
MFT 7105Assessment in MFT Research and Intervention
MFT 7106Quantitative Research Design in MFT
MFT 7107Qualitative Research Design in MFT
MFT 7108Advanced Data Analysis Strategies in MFT
MFT 7109Planning Dissertation Research in MFT
MFT 8951MFT Doctoral Practicum I
MFT 8961MFT Doctoral Internship I
MFT 8962MFT Doctoral Internship II
MFT 8965MFT Doctoral Internship and Portfolio
MFT 8970MFT Supervision
Specialization Courses
MFT 8101 Advanced Theories in MFT
MFT 8102Dynamics of Family Interaction
MFT 8205Child and Adolescent Assessment and Diagnosis
MFT 8202Family Therapy with Adolescents
MFT 8206Early Childhood and Parenting Interventions
MFT 8207Systemic Treatment of Neurodevelopment Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Examination Course
CMP 9700M MFT Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9901A Components of the Dissertation
DIS 9902AThe Dissertation Proposal
DIS 9903AInstitutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
DIS 9904AThe Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

Upon graduating from this program, you might be able to look into a career path of your choosing. By utilizing the skills focused on in this course, you may be able to find work interacting directly with clients, or in a more research-oriented environment.

Possible career paths include but are not limited to:

  • Family Therapist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Marriage Councilor
  • School Councilor
  • Researcher
  • Self-Help Writer