Doctor of Couple & Family Therapy Graduate Programs Adler University

Doctor of Couple & Family Therapy Graduate Programs Adler University

Chicago, IL
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Couple and Family Therapy

With a unique focus on social justice, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Couple and Family Therapy prepares you to encourage positive change among parents/guardians and children and between partners and spouses — as well as larger social systems.

Designed to be completed in four years of full-time study, this immersive curriculum blends intensive coursework, advanced practicum and advanced practical experiences, including a dissertation and internship.

Upon completion of this Ph.D. program, you’ll have attained advanced skills in research, theory and application of a systemic framework and identity and, ideally, mastered diverse approaches to healing based on systems-theory grounded models of couple and family therapy.

Comprehensive curriculum

DCFT students complete a total of 102 credit hours. They may apply 39 credits from their master's degree programs, which should include a minimum of 15 credits, or five courses, in marriage and family therapy. Students take required courses in couples and family therapy (CFT), trauma and family systems, grief and loss, culture and diversity and qualitative and quantitative research.

Electives cover divorce mediation and conflict resolution, sex therapy, medical family therapy, LGBTQ competent therapy, integration of spirituality and religion in to couple and family therapy, gerontology and supervision. Students may take electives that provide the foundation for specialization or certification in areas such as medical family therapy and sex education.

Students also participate in practicums and practicum seminars, professional development, supervision of supervision training and research.

Foundation for AAMFT designation and LMFT licensure

Interested students may complete coursework and practicums within the DCFT program that provide the foundation for earning the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation. Students who do not have an LMFT licensure may complete the therapy and clinical supervision to obtain licensure.

Dedicated Training Department for practicums and internships

Adler University has a dedicated Training Department that partners with hundreds of community organizations, hospitals, clinics, medical centers, schools, and government agencies. These partnerships allow students to gain the clinical experience they need to develop the skills they need as couples and family therapists with a range of specialties.

Research and faculty with real-world experience

The faculty at Adler University are experienced real-world practitioners and committed researchers. Dr. Mark Killmer, the department chair, joined Adler University after 30 years of clinical practice as a counselor and supervisor. His research focuses on spirituality and religion in the therapeutic settings and the application of family systems theory to the homeless clinical population.

Dr. Cadmona Hall promotes the self-exploration of the therapist and researches the African American experience in marriage and family therapy and the barriers that must be overcome. She frequently presents on grief counseling at professional conferences and workshops.

Create Social Change at Adler University

Founded in 1952, Adler University graduates socially responsible practitioners — educated to be effective agents of social change in the pursuit of justice. Our rigorous programs and passionate faculty provide the tools, skills and real-world experience needed to address society’s most challenging issues.

Adler University offers graduate degrees designed for social change in psychology, counseling, family therapy and public service. Put your passion to work in a program uniquely dedicated to engaging communities and advancing social justice — online or at our Chicago or Vancouver campuses.

Location & Contact

Programs in Psychology

Adler University

17 North Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60602
United States

Ms. Michelle Brice

Director of Admissions

Phone: 312-662-4113
Fax: 312-662-4199

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    • Couple & Family Therapy Doctorate
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