The Ph.D. in Family Therapy program prepares graduates for careers as professors, researchers, supervisors, and senior clinicians. The Ph.D. in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University is fully accredited with the:
Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
112 South Alfred, Alexandria, VA 22314-3061
(703) 838-9808; Fax: (703) 838-9805; AAMFT
The Ph.D. in Family Therapy is an 81 – 114 variable credit program (depending on students educational background) designed for individuals holding master's degrees who wish to fully grasp both the historical as well as cutting edge theory informing the current practice of family therapy. The program is also dedicated to understanding the relationship between theoretical ideas and the variety of established and emerging schools of family therapy. The program is designed to enhance students' clinical skills in order to become top level practitioners, while at the same time demonstrating the place of qualitative and quantitative research in this pursuit. Graduates of the program should look forward to productive careers in academic, supervisory, clinic, and community-based employment settings.
The Department of Family Therapy (DFT) has full-time faculty and supervisors that represent racial diversity as well as diversity in gender, age, and religion. The part-time faculty and supervisors also include cultural, gender, age, sexual orientation, and religious diversity. The student body of the doctoral program reflects the rich cultural diversity of South Florida and across the nation as far as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and age.
The core curriculum includes, but is not limited to:
Clinical internships designed to provide students with a supervised, full-time experience (three terms) emphasize relationally-focused practice and/or research. The majority of a student's course requirements must be completed before they can begin their internship experience. They must also have successfully completed their clinical portfolio.
In keeping with the interdisciplinary philosophy of the school, students have the opportunity to take electives in various specialties and across other programs within the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. Additional courses may support students in fulfilling course requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in Florida and other states.
Electives are offered to support students in fulfilling course requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in Florida and other states. Electives are also taken to enhance student learning in special topics of interest. Elective courses available to doctoral students within the Department of Family Therapy vary according to trimester and may not be offered every term. Examples of elective courses include family business, organization consulting, international counseling and therapy, school-based family counseling and advanced Bowen systems. Students may complete a concentration in the following areas, which fulfill elective course requirements for the program: Equine-Assisted Family Therapy, Medical Family Therapy and Solution-Focused Coaching.
During the Ph.D. program, students may also fulfill the academic requirements for becoming a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The program's supervision course is approved for meeting the supervision course requirement for AAMFT Approved Supervisors. For licensed marriage and family therapists, additional training and supervision to become AAMFT Approved Supervisors is provided through the Brief Therapy Institute.
From the AAMFT website:
Accredited programs report Student Achievement Criteria data for each cohort in the program. A cohort is defined as the students who entered a program between a given time period (example: the students in the fall 2019 - spring 2020 Cohort, entered their respective programs between the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020).
The residentially offered Ph.D. in Family Therapy program can be completed in 5 years; the maximum timeframe is 7 years. Full-time enrollment is considered to be at least nine credit hours per term, fall, winter, and summer. Once students begin their dissertation, they are considered full-time when registered for at least three credit hours per term. After taking 12 credit hours of dissertation, students may enroll in one dissertation credit hour per term and still be considered full time in the program. Students must continually be enrolled to remain active in the program. If a student cannot take classes due to unforeseen circumstances, they would need to apply for a Leave of Absence three weeks prior the beginning of a trimester. Approval by the Program Director is required. Students can request a leave of absence for no more than three terms. A student who has not registered in one year is considered inactive and must reapply to the program.
Doctoral students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Canvas, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Students will use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Canvas as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Canvas enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.
The Ph.D. in Family Therapy program strives to develop students who are committed to academic and clinical innovation and prepared for advanced leadership in the field of couples and family Therapy. The application of systemic/relational theory is the foundation for such training and is utilized to support a vision in service to culturally and sexually diverse populations in a variety of settings. Our program further strives to uphold all professional standards in the field.
The Ph.D. in Family Therapy program strives to develop students who are committed to advanced academic and clinical practice and who are prepared for leadership in the field of marriage and family therapy through research, supervision, teaching, and clinical theory and practice. Additionally, students in the Ph.D. program are committed to servicing the community as ethical practitioners and focusing on the relational strengths and resources of both students and clients with an appreciation and respect for diversity, inclusion, and cultural and sexual diversity.
The Ph.D. in Family Therapy program has identified education outcomes which include program outcomes, student learning outcomes, as well as faculty outcomes.