Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy Overview
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When you’re ready to advance beyond your master’s degree, a PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy degree will expand your ability to treat your clients holistically. This field of psychology focuses on each aspect of who we are as individuals and as members of our various communities.
Through a model of scholarship and hands-on practice, the PsyD program will provide you with the skills you need to make a difference in the lives of individuals, couples, families, and the societal constructs which bind us all together. Whether your goal is pursuing a career in social work or choosing a counseling profession, this challenging yet rewarding couples and family therapy program will equip you with the tools and knowledge to succeed. Some of the topics covered in our PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy program are; behavioral science, advanced couples therapy, diversity and the family, sex therapy, psychopharmacology, and more. Learn more about our course offerings below.
Faculty and Admissions
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Doctoral Program Highlights
A Portable Degree
The program is one of only a few COAMFTE-accredited PsyD MFT programs in the country. With MFT licensure being issued on a state-by-state basis and our doctorate program receiving COAMFTE accreditation, it makes it easier for every graduate student to obtain licensure and become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in a new state.
Get hands-on training through 500 hours of direct client contact, 250 supervision hours, and at a minimum, 100 professional development hours. By the time you graduate, you’ll have between 800 to 1200 hours to apply towards your license.
Service and Investment
If qualified, you can receive up to $50,000 of loan reimbursement from the National Health Services Corps in exchange for two years of work in an underserved area.
This doctoral program has cultural competency at its core, and consistently adds culturally and linguistically qualified mental-health professionals into the workforce.
In the graduate program you will explore courses like: Advanced Couple Therapy, Social Basis of Behavior, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, and more.
You can choose from four of California’s most desirable locations as the home for your PsyD studies: Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Sacramento.
Continuing a Legacy of Impact
MFT programs at CSPP have a long and storied history of esteemed faculty and industry luminaries that have passed through its doors to share knowledge to the next generation of family therapists. For the last 50 years, these doctoral programs have worked to produce the best marriage and family therapists and the most-respected thought leaders in the field.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the career outlook for graduates of the PsyD program?
Couples and Family Therapy is one of the fastest-growing fields in psychology and behavioral sciences today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that it will grow by 23% over the next 10 years—compared to just 16% for counselor and therapist positions of all types, and 7% for all jobs in all fields. Growth is expected due to the increasing use of integrated care, which is a treatment of multiple problems at one time by a group of specialists, including couple and family therapists, working with substance abuse, behavior disorder, or mental health counselors, to address patients’ issues as a team.
What kind of job can I expect to get with a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy?
Graduates often work in outpatient care centers, inpatient care centers, hospitals, schools, social services for local, state, and federal governments, substance abuse centers, and private practices. They can also open their own clinical practice offering marriage and family counseling or go into fields such related to law, corrections, the military, churches and religion-based fields, and employee relations and benefits for companies both big and small.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant International University offers institutional scholarships for many of our doctoral students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
When does the program start?
The MFT PsyD degree program is offered as a semester-long program and is open for enrollment during the spring and fall enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our academic calendar here.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The PsyD degree is a 114-credit program. Students can transfer up to 28.5 units to the program, and it takes a minimum of 3 years to complete.
Program Campus Locations in California
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At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.
The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) is Alliant’s cornerstone school and was built on a legacy of thought leadership, multicultural competence, and quality of care. CSPP’s programs pair hands-on professional practice with academic rigor in order to prepare the next generation of psychologists and mental health care professionals.