Saint Louis University

The mission of the Medical Family Therapy Program is to train marriage and family therapists who are engaged in service to individuals, couples, families, and the community. Through a scholarly and reflective process, the faculty are involved in the development of professional clinicians who understand and recognize the primacy and importance of scientific inquiry, diversity, and social justice; who respect and accept multiple perspectives; who strive to practice in a collaborative engagement with other professions and the community. 

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: Jan. 15; International: Jan. 15 Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE General Test; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Interview.
Doctoral Applicants:  are required to send a Scholarship Sample (e.g., Thesis, Manuscript, Journal article)

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Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.7108
Director: Craig W. Smith, Ph.D.
Admissions Coordinator: Mary Parker

Assistantship Application Deadline: January 15 | MFT Graduate Assistant Application Form

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Medical Family Therapy Application Review Process

  • After an initial screening of applications, applicants may be invited to campus to participate in a interview/orientation process.
  • After the interview process, the department admissions committee will make admission recommendations.

Credit Hours/Coursework:

  • The Doctoral program involves a minimum of 51 credit hours of coursework beyond the master's degree, plus comprehensive examinations and original research culminating in the dissertation (12+ credit hours).
  • The M.A. program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. Prerequisite includes 18 credit hours in the behavioral sciences.

Program Description: The Medical Family Therapy Program is based on a systemic/relational view of individuals, couples and families. It prepares clinicians to work within an integrated care health setting in collaboration with medical and mental health professionals. Coursework focuses on theory, practice, and research in the field of couple and family therapy. There are three degree programs offered at Saint Louis University:

  • Family Therapy, M.A.
  • Family Therapy with a concentration in Medical Family Therapy, M.A.
  • Medical Family Therapy, Ph.D.

Curriculum & Program Details: The Ph.D. has a clinical component in which students are trained in both mental health and medical settings as part of an integrated care team of health professionals. Students are required to complete a nine to twelve month internship. Prior to graduation students must have accrued a total of 1,000 hours of direct client contact (including hours obtained during their master's degree program). Five hundred of those hours must be relationally focused working with couples and families. | Ph.D. Course of Study

The M.A. program requirements include didactic courses, two semesters of practicum, three semesters of internship in a community setting and attainment of a minimum of 500 hours of direct clinical contact. The concentration in medical family therapy prepares students to function as part of an integrated care team in addressing the biopsychosocial needs of individuals and families. | M.A. Course of Study | M.A. with concentration in Medical Family Therapy Course of Study

Career Possibilities: Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Addiction Counselor, Child Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Career Counselor, Researcher, Consultant, Academia. | SLU Career Services

About the Medical Family Therapy Faculty: Current department research projects include studies on change in couples therapy, high-risk youth and their families, challenges for gay and lesbian individuals facing conflicts between their sexual identity and their religion, and the International Adoption Project. Faculty members encourage students to become involved in this ongoing research.

Scholarships & Financial Aid: The Medical Family Therapy Program offers graduate assistantships that are awarded each spring for the following academic year. All students and applicants are invited to apply for these assistantships on a competitive basis. | Affording a Saint Louis University Graduate Education

Program Highlights: The department is unique in that it is attentive not only to understanding the development of individuals through the life cycle, but also to fostering sensitivity to the family and other social contexts in which people live, learn and work.

The department's Center for Counseling and Family Therapy serves as a training site for students in the program. The medical family therapy trainees are supervised by faculty who are licensed professionals with advanced supervisory training. The facility is equipped with a secure digital networked video and audio system for research and training. In addition, each therapy room is equipped with one-way mirror observation, an encrypted wireless "bug-in-the-ear" sound system for live supervision and research observation. The facility also is equipped for video conferencing for use in training, consultation, and treatment. | Center for Counseling and Family Therapy

Accreditation: Both the MFT doctoral program and Masters program at Saint Louis University are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), 112 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.838.9808.

For information concerning the program's faculty, student and supervisor composition, progress and accomplishments, please click here.