The Ph.D. in Medical Family Therapy 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 with an emphasis on intervention in primary care medical settings and as adjunct health providers in specialty care. 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 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 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 a marriage and family therapy program accredited by COAMFTE or a related mental health area with coursework equivalent to a COAMFTE accredited program.
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.
In accordance with the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Recognition Standard 12B and Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) policies, programs must publish their Student Achievement Criteria (SAC). To review such data for Saint Louis University Medical Family Therapy Program, please go to the COAMFTE Criteria Page.