Counseling & Family Therapy
Doctor of Philosophy in Family Therapy
The Ph.D. in Family Therapy is based on a systemic/relational view of individuals, couples, and families. Coursework focuses on theory, practice, and research in the field of couple and family therapy. The Doctoral program involves a minimum of 51 credit hours of coursework beyond the master's degree, plus comprehensive written examinations and original research culminating in the dissertation (12+ credit hours). The Ph.D. has a clinical component, during which students serve as therapists for a minimum of 500 client contact hours at the Center for Counseling and Family Therapy and other community sites, and a nine to twelve month internship. Prerequisites include a master's degree with at least 48 hours in marriage and family therapy (MFT) or a related mental health area with coursework equivalent to a master's degree in MFT.
The Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Program at Saint Louis University is 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 Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.838-9808.
Last Updated 7/22/09