PhD - Marriage & Family Therapy: Therapy with Military Families

If you'd like to prepare to help military personnel and their families by providing counseling services, you may be interested in the PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Therapy with Military Families program at Northcentral University. Read here to find out more about the PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Therapy with Military Families program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

In Northcentral University's online PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy program with a specialization in Therapy with Military Families, you have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the processes and dynamics of marital and family systems, the characteristics of the military family, and common issues military service members and their families face, including combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. Coursework also examines theories and applications of emotion-focused couple therapy, assessment and treatment methods for infidelity and sex addiction, and systemic supervision methods. You can gain skills in clinical assessment instruments and procedures, statistical design and analysis, and quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods related to marriage and family therapy. The program includes a supervised practicum consisting of 125 client contact hours, a nine month clinical internship and doctoral dissertation research.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you'd like to apply to the PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Therapy with Military Families program, you must already possess a master's degree from a clinical/therapy training program at an accredited institution. You may also have a professional or personal background with the military.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Therapy with Military Families program consists of 69 credit hours. Up to 15 additional credit hours may be allowed for the completion of the dissertation research.

Courses for a PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Therapy with Military Families

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 8503Military and Veteran Cultures Across the Lifespan
MFT 8504Trauma and Resilience in Military and Veteran Couples and Families
MFT 8505Ethical Challenges and Moral Injuries Across Military and Veteran Populations
MFT 8506Behavioral Health Care with Military and Veteran Populations
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

The training you receive in the PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Therapy with Military Families program can help prepare you to offer specialized therapy services to military service members and their families. As a graduate of the program, you may be able to pursue therapist positions in established practices, government agencies, military agencies or in your own private practice.