PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy

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AUNE is still accepting MFT PhD applications. You can apply online  or contact Admissions at 603-283-2130 to learn more.

Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral programAntioch University New England is excited to offer a COAMFTE-Accredited Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral program dedicated to training the next generation of marriage and family therapists in social justice approaches to MFT teaching, research, supervision, and practice.

We train advanced clinical supervisors, teachers skilled in teaching MFT, and researchers proficient in using both qualitative and quantitative research methods with a particular focus on qualitative clinical research. Our students are provided with clinical and supervision experiences in our training clinic.

Acquire advanced training in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

You receive advanced training in MFT supervision, teaching, research, and clinical work, from a social justice perspective. Courses prepare you for academic work in MFT or for advanced supervision or research.

Get experience during your program.

You will receive up to 1,000 clinical hours in the program (500 of which can be applied from a COAMFTE-accredited master’s degree) in our training clinic and on internship. Individualized internships will be developed in clinical, teaching, and research areas.

Program Delivery

  • Program starts in Fall semester
  • Classes meet throughout the week
  • The first two years (3 semesters per year, including Summer) are devoted to coursework.
  • Years three and four are devoted to internship and dissertation work

Coursework at the doctoral level generally takes two years for students who have graduated from a master’s program in MFT. In addition to the coursework, doctoral level students in MFT must also complete a twelve month clinical or research internship off campus. Dissertation and Internship require two years of registration and the program cannot be completed in fewer than four years.

Total credits: Number of credits needed depends upon the background of the student. A total of fourteen courses must be taken at the doctoral level. A total of 1000 direct client contact hours are required for graduation. Students from accredited programs may bring forward their 500 client contact hours.

As a Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accredited doctoral program, we are required to report a number of student achievement criteria on our website. As a newly accredited program (initially accredited in May of 2011) or official data (which can be found here: http://www.aamft.org/imis15/Content/COAMFTE/Student_Achievement_Criteria_Data.aspx) do not show any results from cohorts who entered prior to accreditation, which means that those students we report on have not yet graduated. However, we do have data from other cohorts.

Antioch University New England is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Social Justice Focus

Social justice informs our thinking about training in the PhD program. We see social justice in Marriage and Family Therapy education as involving the following key concepts:

  • Social justice implies an explicit action orientation.
  • Social justice involves understanding diversity of people and families:
    • Diversity includes ability, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and country of origin, age, social class, religion, and gender (that is, systems that affect individual and family access to power and resources). Particular focus is on underserved and high-risk families.
    • Diversity also includes diverse family structures, including extended kinship networks, gay and lesbian families, step-families, etc.
  • Social justice has policy implications-therapists working from a social justice perspective work to effect supportive family policy that recognizes diversity and improves resiliency, and have a responsibility to participate in social and political systems affecting families.
    • Social justice involves recognizing that social and legal systems affect people we work with
  • Social justice researchers have a responsibility to do socially informed research, which is sensitive to diversity.
  • Social justice clinical practice is focused on helping diverse families and contributes to the positive development of these families and their communities.

Mission

The mission of the Antioch University New England PhD program in Marriage and Family Therapy is to develop highly competent advanced clinicians in MFT and to develop students who are competent in teaching MFT, in providing clinical supervision in MFT, and in conducting MFT-related research utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. MFT doctoral students will also develop a focus on social justice and human diversity issues across all areas of the curriculum.

The PhD program in Marriage and Family Therapy has identified a number of educational outcomes for accreditation. These are listed below.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes (SLOs) are indicators of what we expect students will learn in the program.

  • SLO1: Student will demonstrate advanced clinical skills in marriage and family therapy.
  • SLO2: Students will demonstrate competency in teaching MFT.
  • SLO3: Students will demonstrate competency in MFT supervision.
  • SLO4: Students will demonstrate competency in researching MFT, including both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • SLO5: Students will demonstrate competency in social justice approaches to MFT teaching, research, supervision, and practice.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are defined at two levels, and are program-level summaries of our expectations of students. First are the program outcomes required by COAMFTE:

  • PO1: at least 50% of our students will graduate within the specified time frame of the program (4 years) and that least 65% will graduate within the maximum time allowed (7.5 years),
  • PO2: at least 70% of our students will report passing the AMFTRB National Exam for licensure.

The second level of program outcomes reflects our stated mission:

  • PO3: students and graduates of our program will report a high level of preparedness in clinical work, teaching, supervision, research, and in social justice on student and alumni surveys. Specifically, average scores on student and alumni surveys in each of these domains will be above 3.0 (which reflects reporting preparedness at least “on par with other recent doctoral graduates”).

Faculty Outcomes

Finally, we have identified a number of Faculty Outcomes. The faculty outcomes for the program are aligned with the four dimensions of the faculty role as defined by Antioch University—engagement in student learning, engagement in scholarship, engagement as a university citizen, and engagement in service/practice.

  • FO1: Faculty are expected to demonstrate competency in teaching and clinical supervision.
  • FO2: Faculty are expected to demonstrate productive scholarship, including publishing and presenting
  • FO3: Faculty are expected to be engaged in service to the community (at local, state, and/or national/international levels).
  • FO4: Faculty demonstrate specific expertise in teaching and supervision related to social justice and diversity issues.

First Year Students Entering 2014/2016

  • Fall:
    • MFT 712 – Professional Writing in MFT (3 credits)
    • MFTR 719 – Qualitative Research Methods I (3 credits)
    • MFTR 711 – Quantitative Research Methods (3 credits)
    • MFTC 760 – Doctoral MFT Practicum I (3 credits)
    • MFTC 740 – Doctoral Professional Seminar MFT I (3 credits)
  • Spring:
    • MFT 700 – Teaching in MFT (3 credits)
    • MFTR 724 – Qualitative Research Methods II (3 credits)
    • MFT 705 – Seminar in Current MFT Topics I (3 credits)
    • MFTC 762 – Doctoral MFT Practicum II (3 credits)
    • MFTC 742 – Doctoral Professional seminar MFT II (3 credits)
  • Summer:
    • MFT 707 – Seminar in Current MFT Topics II (3 credits)
    • MFTS 709 – Supervision I (3 credits)
    • MFTC 764 – Doctoral MFT Practicum III (1 credit)
    • MFTC 744 – Doctoral Professional Seminar MFT III (2 credits)

Second Year

  • Fall:
    • MFTI 704 – Family Policy and MFT (3 credits)
    • MFT 711 – Appraisal and Assessment in MFT (3 credits)
    • MFTS 729 – Supervision II (3 credits)
    • MFTS 730 – MFT Supervision Practicum I (3 credits)
    • MFTS 720 – MFT Supervision Professional Seminar I (3 credits)
  • Spring:
    • MFTR 705 – Statistical Methods in MFT (3 credits)
    • MFTR 723 – Outcome Research in MFT (3 credits)
    • MFT 715 – Trauma, Grief, and Loss in Families (3 credits)
    • MFTS 731 – MFT Supervision Practicum II (3 credits)
    • MFTS 721 – MFT Supervision Professional Seminar II (3 credits)
  • Summer:
    • MFTT 701 – Theories of Social Justice (3 credits)
    • MFTR 800 – Dissertation Seminar (2 credits)
    • MFTS 740 – MFT Supervision Practicum III (2 credits)
    • MFTS 741 – MFT Supervision Professional Seminar III (1 credit)

Third and Fourth Years

  • Dissertation & Internship (3 semesters each)
    • Dissertation (MFTR 899, 3 semesters starting in Fall)
    • Internship (Fall ; MFT Doctoral Internship I, MFTC 780; Spring ; MFT Doctoral
    • Internship II, MFTC 782; Summer ; MFT Doctoral Internship III, MFTC 784)

First Year Students Entering 2015/2017

  • Fall:
    • MFT 712 – Professional Writing in MFT (3 credits)
    • MFTR 719 – Qualitative Research Methods I (3 credits)
    • MFTR 711 – Quantitative Research Methods (3 credits)
    • MFTC 760 – Doctoral MFT Practicum I (3 credits)
    • MFTC 740 – Doctoral Professional Seminar MFT I (3 credits)
    • Spring:MFT 700 – Teaching in MFT (3 credits)
    • MFTR 724 – Qualitative Research Methods II (3 credits)
    • MFT 705 – Seminar in Current MFT Topics I (3 credits)
    • MFTC 762 – Doctoral MFT Practicum II (3 credits)
    • MFTC 742 – Doctoral Professional seminar MFT II (3 credits)
  • Summer:
    • MFT 707 – Seminar in Current MFT Topics II (3 credits)MFTS 709 – Supervision I (3 credits)
    • MFTC 764 – Doctoral MFT Practicum III (1 credit)
    • MFTC 744 – Doctoral Professional Seminar MFT III (2 credits)

Second Year

  • Fall:
    • MFTI 704 – Family Policy and MFT (3 credits)
    • MFT 711 – Appraisal and Assessment in MFT (3 credits)
    • MFTS 729 – Supervision II (3 credits)
    • MFTS 730 – MFT Supervision Practicum I (3 credits)
    • MFTS 720 – MFT Supervision Professional Seminar I (3 credits)
  • Spring:
    • MFTR 705 – Statistical Methods in MFT (3 credits)MFTR 723 – Outcome Research in MFT (3 credits)
    • MFT 715 – Trauma, Grief, and Loss in Families (3 credits)
    • MFTS 731 – MFT Supervision Practicum II (3 credits)
    • MFTS 721 – MFT Supervision Professional Seminar II (3 credits)
  • Summer:
    • MFTT 701 – Theories of Social Justice (3 credits)
    • MFTR 800 – Dissertation Seminar (2 credits)
    • MFTS 740 – MFT Supervision Practicum III (2 credits)
    • MFTS 741 – MFT Supervision Professional Seminar III (1 credit)

Third and Fourth Years

  • Dissertation & Internship (3 semesters each)Dissertation (MFTR 899, 3 semesters starting in Fall)
    • Internship (Fall ; MFT Doctoral Internship I, MFTC 780; Spring ; MFT Doctoral
    • Internship II, MFTC 782; Summer ; MFT Doctoral Internship III, MFTC 784)

Student Assessment

Student learning outcomes are assessed in a variety of ways, and at multiple levels. Each course has specific outcomes-based learning objectives that students must meet to achieve passing grades. Doctoral students meet educational outcomes through a variety of means, including through the use of papers, presentations, observed clinical work, observed supervision, and so forth.

Outcomes are evaluated through the use of specific assessment tools designed to measure core competencies. AAMFT, in December of 2004, published Marriage and Family Therapy Core Competencies, and this program focuses on clinical, supervisory, teaching, and research competencies. Teaching will be evaluated through summative and formative teaching evaluations.

One area of strength is in our student population; we have attracted students who are committed to social justice and diversity education. We currently have 18 students enrolled in the program, and since the program started in 2008, we have admitted 22 students to the PhD program. Three of those students have graduated and only 1 has withdrawn from the program, an attrition rate of only 4.5% to date. Our student body is incredibly diverse:

  • 63% (14 of 22) are minority students (12 racial/ethnic minorities or foreign-born)
  • 36% (8 of 22) of students were born in other countries
  • Several students identify as LGBTQ
  • One former student is visually impaired.

Even using university statistics, which don’t count foreign-born students as minorities, approximately 49% of the MFT PhD student body is represented by minority groups. This is 7 times the AUNE average of about 7%. In addition, many of our majority-culture students have studied or lived abroad; 5 of 11 majority culture students have spent a good part of their lives or were born in other countries. In addition, our program is more diverse than the average COAMFTE-Accredited doctoral program; the average non-White student percentage is about 49%, including those categorized as international and “other.”

The core faculty in the PhD program all identify as Caucasian, but one was born and raised in South Africa and one identifies as LGBT.