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Dr. Franchesca Fontus

Dr. Franchesca Fontus is an Assistant Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy program at Alliant International University. She earned her bachelor‚Äôs in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. She earned both her master and doctorate degrees in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Fontus completed a qualitative dissertation study on therapists‚Äô experiences of personal loss through a Bowen Family Systems Theory Lens and impacts on their clinical practice. 

Professional Interests

Bowen Family Systems Theory; Trauma; Family Trauma; Couple and Family Relationships; Culture & Diversity: Working clinically with Black, African-American, and Afro-Caribbean Communities, Working clinically with Faith-Based Communities, Exploration of Haitian-American Experiences; MFT Training and Supervision: Exploring Therapists' Experiences of Personal Loss & Impacts on their Clinical Practice, Self-Of-The-Therapist Development 

Education and Certifications

PhD in Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University 
MS in Family Therapy 

Approved  Supervisor Candidate (2022)
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)                     

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (2018)
The Florida Department of Health                                 
State of Florida | License No: MT3464

Clinical Fellow    (2018)
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) 

Diversity And The Family
Individual And The Family
MFT Practicum
Group Therapy
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field

Fontus, F. (2022, April). Diversity Dialogues: Normalizing Therapy within Black and Brown Communities. Pfeiffer Institute for Marriage and Family Therapy. Pfeiffer University. Workshop presented on Zoom.

Beliard, C., Cunningham, P., Fontus, F., & Moye, D. (2018). Therapists of Color: Surviving Long Enough to Keep Fighting. Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2018, pp. 18‚Äî26. 

Fontus, F., Hood, A. (2018, May). Utilizing Systemic Principles to Increase Resiliency in Afro-Caribbean Women Who Have Experienced Trauma. Workshop presented at The Broward Behavioral Health Coalition‚ Behavioral Health Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.