PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy
Joining our Doctor of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Studies (48 credits), the PhD in Marriage and Family (60 credits) is specially designed for people looking to expand their hearts and minds while developing skills to meet the challenges of 21st Century life through research and study in counseling theories and practice integrated with theological inquiry.
The PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy trains students in professional mental health and pastoral counseling fields to be skilled scholar/practitioners in marriage and family therapy who apply their minds and hearts to promoting processes of change and growth in individuals, couples, families, and communities.
The PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy is a scholar/practitioner research program that prepares students for leadership roles in academia, research, behavioral healthcare and pastoral care.
PhD Program Learning Goals:
- Students of the PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy program assess individuals, couples, families, and congregations from an integrated point of view, incorporating theological issues with Marriage and Family systems theory and pertinent psychological perspectives in pastoral or clinical settings.
- Students create and deliver integrated psychological and spiritual enrichment programs.
- Students demonstrate advanced counseling skills appropriate to meet the needs of individuals, couples, families, and congregations seeking mental health services and programs.
- Students practice in-depth self-reflection to enhance their ongoing personal and professional development.
- Students create and present a significant research project resulting in a dissertation that contributes to the field of marriage and family therapy.