PhD - Marriage & Family Therapy: Medical Family Therapy

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy program with a specialization in Medical Family Therapy at Northcentral University emphasizes learning techniques for dealing with stressful medical situations as well as how to conduct research effectively and efficiently. Read on to find out more about this program today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy program with a specialization in Medical Family Therapy at Northcentral University is designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to help families struggling with medical issues. Courses explore how to conduct research as well as how to deal with people in problematic and emotional situations. You will be required to pass all of your courses with at least a B average, complete client contact requirements, pass a comprehensive exam and write and defend an acceptable doctoral dissertation in order to graduate from the program.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You should have patience and a soft touch when working with people of all ages if you are interested in this program. You should have a knack for helping people with their problems and a strong educational background in therapy-related studies. You are required to have at least a master's degree prior to applying to this program at Northcentral University.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this extensive program, you will be required to complete 69 credit hours, including specialization, research, internship and practicum courses, a comprehensive exam course and dissertation courses.

Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy with a Specialization in Medical Family Therapy

Course CodeCourse Name
Required Courses
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
MFT8401 Medical Family Therapy
MFT7105 Assessment in MFT Research and Intervention
MFT8402 Biopsychosocial Connections and Interventions
MFT7106 Quantitative Research Design in MFT
MFT8403 Families with Severe and Chronic Illness
MFT7107 Qualitative Research Design in MFT
MFT8404 Death, Dying and Bereavement
MFT7108Advanced Data Analysis Strategies in MFT
MFT8951 MFT Doctoral Practicum I
MFT8961 MFT Doctoral Internship I (1-credit course)
MFT8962MFT Doctoral Internship II (1-credit course)
MFT8965 MFT Doctoral Internship and Portfolio (1-credit course)
MFT8970 MFT Supervision Methods
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

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

Once this program is completed, you may choose to look into a number of different therapy-related career options. Based on the kinds of interpersonal and psychological topics you've studied, you may be able to find work interacting directly with patients or by creating therapeutic materials for them instead.

Possible career paths include but are not limited to:

  • Family Therapist
  • Hospice Therapist
  • Medical Therapist
  • Cancer Patient Therapist
  • Self Help Writer
  • Marriage Counselor
  • School Counselor