Family Therapy | Doctor of Philosophy Degree
The mission of the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy is to train counselors and marriage and family therapists as scientist practitioners who are engaged in service to individuals, couples, families, and the community. Through a scholarly and reflective process, we are involved in the development of professional clinicians and researchers who understand and recognize the primacy and importance of scientific inquiry, diversity, and social justice; who respect and accept multiple perspectives; who strive to practice in a collaborative engagement with other professions and the community.
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|Fall: Jan. 15 (International: Jan. 15)||Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Interview||
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|Spring: No admittance|
|Summer: No admittance|
Tel. No.: 314.977.7108
|Chair: Craig W. Smith, Ph.D.
Admissions Coordinator: Linda Stevenson
Assistantship Application Deadline: January 15
Required Additional Application Materials for International Students
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- TOEFL or IELTS score
- Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.
- After an initial screening of applications, applicants may be invited to campus to participate in a interview/orientation process.
- After the interview process, the department admissions committee will make admission recommendations.
Credit Hours/Coursework: The Doctoral program involves a minimum of 51 credit hours of
coursework beyond the master's degree, plus comprehensive written examinations and original research
culminating in the dissertation (12+ credit hours).
Program Description: The Ph.D. in Family Therapy is based on a systemic/realtional view of individuals, couples and families. Coursework focuses on theory, practice, and research in the field of marriage and family therapy. | Suggested Course of Study: PhD in Family Therapy (full-time) | PhD in Family Therapy (part-time)
Curriculum & Program Details: The Ph.D. has a clinical component, during which students serve as therapists at the department's Center for Counseling and Family Therapy and other community sites, and complete a nine to 12 month internship. Prior to graduation students must have accrued a total of 1,000 hours of direct client contact (including hours obtained during their master's degree program). Five hundred of those hours must be relationally focused working with couples and families. | PhD in Family Therapy
Career Possibilities: Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Addiction Counselor, Child Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Career Counselor, Researcher, Consultant, Academia. | SLU Career Services
About the Counseling & Family Therapy Faculty: Current department research projects include studies on change in couples therapy, high-risk youth and their families, challenges for gay and lesbian individuals facing conflicts between their sexual identity and their religion, and the International Adoption Project. Faculty members encourage students to become involved in this ongoing research. | Counseling & Family Therapy Faculty
Scholarships & Financial Aid: The Department of Counseling and Family Therapy offers graduate assistantships that are awarded each spring for the following academic year. All students and applicants are invited to apply for these assistantships on a competitive basis. | Affording a Saint Louis University Graduate Education | College of Education and Public Service Financial Aid Information
Program Highlights: The department is unique in that it is attentive not only to understanding the development of individuals through the life cycle, but also to fostering sensititvity to the family and other social contexts in which people live, learn and work.
The department's Center for Counseling and Family Therapy serves as a training site for students in the program. All counseling and family therapy trainees are supervised by faculty who are licensed professionals with advanced supervisory training. The facility is equipped with a secure digital networked video and audio system for research and training. In additon, each therapy room is equipped with one-way mirror observation, an encrypted wireless "bug-in-the-ear" sound system for live supervision and research observation. The facilty also is equipped for video conferencing for use in training, consultation, and treatment. l Center for Counseling and Family Therapy
Accreditation: The Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Program at Saint Louis University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).