Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health Department of Counseling and Family Sciences offers a Doctorate of Marital and Family Therapy (DMFT). The DMFT follows the practitioner-evaluator model and focuses on applied skill development for use in clinical practice, supervision, and administrative positions. The DMFT is a 100-unit program requiring three to four years of full time study for completion, including two to three years of course work, a doctoral project, clinical training and demonstration, and completion of a professional portfolio.
The DMFT prepares graduates to systemically intervene and address mental health disparities at family and community levels. Graduates of the DMFT program are well prepared to serve as leaders in communities and advance the MFT profession as therapists, clinical supervisors, program developers, evaluators, grant writers, and clinic administrators.
The DMFT is a dynamic program that is committed to the development of the selves of the practitioner. Sensitive to issues of cultural context and human diversity, the DMFT curriculum is focused on the development of the self of the professional. The program assists students in integrating cultural heritage, life experience, past education and training, and personal creativity into personalized professional development plans that enable students to build upon their background as they continue to acquire skill and competency in identified areas of interest.
The DMFT program offered by Loma Linda University is the only DMFT program in the nation that has been granted accreditation through the Council on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), the accrediting body associated with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Mentorship/Apprenticeship Department Model
Clinical Demonstration & Qualifying Exams
Current DMFT Students