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 a minimum of 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 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 8102 Dynamics of Family Interaction
MFT 8401Medical Family Therapy
MFT 8405Medical Family Therapy Applications
MFT 8406Families, Health, and Illness
MFT 8407Loss and Bereavement
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

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