Students in the DMFT program develop competencies in a number of domains that prepare them to engage at multisystemic levels (i.e. personal, family, community, organization).
The program encourages and supports students in developing a clear understanding of themselves and invites reflection and consideration of the impact of their personal values, social positions, and contexts on their clinical, administrative, writing, and program development and evaluation practices. Students are supported in the development of their strengths as they create an epistemological framework and ethical consciousness that guide their approach to professional practice in their lives.
Theory and practice
Students study the work of the original thinkers in marital and family therapy, as well as the most recent developments in the field—such as social constructionism and evidence-based practice. Students develop a critical understanding of the theoretical and philosophical foundations of marriage and family therapy, become conversant with the current issues in the field, and use this knowledge to develop programs and services. Students increase their cultural awareness, sensitivity, and competency and learn how to create clinical, programmatic, and evaluation change processes that raise critical consciousness. DMFT students develop skills in applying marriage and family therapy principles and frameworks to public and private clinical practice settings.
DMFT doctoral students will develop sophistication in the clinical practice of marital and family therapy beyond the basic level. A minimum of 1000 direct client hours of supervised practice in systems/relational therapy is required prior to graduation. Supervision must be face-to-face by an AAMFT supervisor or equivalent. At least half of these hours must be with couples or families. Students may petition to apply hours earned prior to doctoral study if they meet these requirements. Students are expected to remain active in relationally-oriented practice throughout the program.
Practice and Supervisory Skills
Students will apply an in-depth understanding of theory to the practice of marital and family therapy interventions and program activities at the family, community, and societal levels—drawing on the core marriage and family therapy frameworks. They will develop sophistication in clinical, administrative, and supervisory skills necessary for multisystemic engagement.
Students will develop skills and understanding of the process of evaluation research related to marital and family therapy programs and services. This includes the ability to apply research findings to clinical practice and to utilize research findings in creative ways for the benefit of the general population. DMFT degree students will focus on evaluation of program performance and outcomes in practice-based settings.
Students will develop skills and understanding of the process of program development and implementation related to clinical interventions. This includes the ability to apply research findings to clinical practice and to utilize research findings in creative ways for the benefit of the general population
Students will develop an understanding of the essential day-to-day operations of organizations. Specifically, students will learn how to manage, plan, and coordinate clinics attending to critical clinic operations in the areas of staff supervision, service delivery, billing, space management, and networking.
Students will develop skill and understanding of the process of grant writing related to acquiring critical program funding. Students will develop efficiency in writing tight grant proposals that are compelling, credible, concise, clear, and comprehensive.
Mentorship/Apprenticeship Department Model
Clinical Demonstration & Qualifying Exams
Current DMFT Students