Child Development & Family Relations
       PhD in Medical Family Therapy Standards and Accreditations
Our Mission
The mission of the doctoral program in Medical Family Therapy (MedFT) is “to advance students; learning in the areas of research, theory, clinical practice, leadership, supervision, and teaching in order to prepare and qualify them to pursue employment as researchers, educators, administrators, and/or clinicians in the field of medical family therapy.”

Medical Family Therapy Student Learning Outcomes


Student Learning Outcomes include the following:
1) Identify as an emerging leader in the sub-discipline of MedFT.
2) Demonstrate the ability to educate, communicate, and collaborate with a diverse audience about MFT, MedFT, and collaborative/integrative care.
3) Locate, critique, integrate, report on, and extend the literature in MedFT.
4) Demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.
5) Demonstrate expertise in a specific area of MedFT.
6) Assess, critique, and utilize a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
7) Identify and summarize the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of MedFT through the use of the biopsychosocial-spiritual, systemic, and biomedical paradigms.
8) Identify and examine personal beliefs, biases, and values as a foundation for appreciating and respecting diversity.
9) Interpret and respectfully discuss issues of diversity and social justice (e.g., gender, age, socioeconomic status, culture/race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, spirituality, and religion) and how these issues impact therapists, colleagues, supervision, and clients’ lives.
10) Demonstrate an established professional identity as a MedFT.
11) Summarize legal and ethical issues affecting clinical and supervisory practice and research.
12) Complete the didactic client contact and supervisory requirements for the program.
13) Compose/create/design and illustrate a clearly articulated personal model of therapy and supervision that includes the BPSS lens.
14) Integrate theories and models into effective systemic clinical practice.
15) Demonstrate an ability to systemically assess, diagnose, and treat clients with a wide variety of presenting clinical problems using a collaborative lens.

The PhD in Medical Family Therapy curriculum is built upon an accredited clinical master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and honors the standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).


Current Enrollment  

Our student body reflects and honors cultural awareness, sensitivity, and make up through racial, ethnic, age, ability, sexual identity, gender, and religious differences.

3 Male
8 Female

10 Full-Time
1 Part-Time

10 White
1 Hispanic

As of December 2013-50% of our alumni are faculty in COAMFTE MFT programs or faculty at Medical Schools, 36% are employed in leadership or research positions within medical contexts, and 14% are in leadership positions within unique behavioral health contexts.

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