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Psy.D. in Marital and Family Therapy


  • Irvine, CA
  • Part-Time
  • 4-5 Years

The Chicago School’s Psy.D. in Marital and Family Therapy: Post-Bachelor’s program at our Irvine campus prepares students for leadership positions in the mental health field. This doctorate in psychology program is designed for pre-master’s level students who want to earn a marriage and family therapy license and take advantage of the career opportunities that a doctoral degree provides. […]

The Chicago School’s Psy.D. in Marital and Family Therapy: Post-Bachelor’s program at our Irvine campus prepares students for leadership positions in the mental health field. This doctorate in psychology program is designed for pre-master’s level students who want to earn a marriage and family therapy license and take advantage of the career opportunities that a doctoral degree provides.

Post-Bachelor’s Psy.D. in Marital and Family Therapy coursework covers topics such as teaching in higher education, agency management, grant writing, program development and advanced clinical principles. An optional teaching apprentice program is available for qualified studentsproviding them the valuable opportunity to teach classes in the master’s program. The dissertation process focuses on applied research and includes options such as program development or evaluation, and grant writing.

The Marital and Family Therapy, Post-Bachelor’s program allows for students with a bachelor’s degree to enter and complete a Psy.D. program. This program allows students to earn a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy after which students move directly into the Psy.D. MFT program. This allows students to earn hours toward their MFT license they complete their doctoral work. In addition, students in this program may complete both the Masters and Psy.D. programs in a shorter time period than if they were to take them separately. The Chicago School has been recognized for its excellent training in culturally competent service provision and offers students a remarkable opportunity to gain unparalleled real-world experience.

Graduates from the Psy.D. in Marital and Family Therapy program are equipped with expert knowledge in theory, assessment, applied research, teaching and administration, and are prepared to serve as leaders and/or senior administrators in both educational and clinical settings.

Psy.D. in Marital and Family Therapy, Post-Bachelor’s: Irvine Student Experience

Our Irvine campus, is located in Orange County next to UC Irvine in the heart of University Plaza. Over 100 national and multinational businesses are headquartered in Irvine, opening up significant networking and job opportunities.

Our Irvine campus is also home to one of our well-known Chicago School counseling centers, which provide students the extraordinary opportunity to apply to gain real-world training at the centers while also learning marketing and operations related to running a private practice or mental health clinic.

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Teaching in Higher Education

Theoretical and practical foundations and emerging methods in the art and science of teaching, particularly at the graduate and adult learner levels, are the foci of this course. Developing, implementing and evaluating the dynamics of learning climate and course construction are critical course dynamics. Using curriculum development tools such as essential questions and curriculum mapping methods to align assessment, content and standards, students will develop collaborative teaching methods appropriate to working with adult learners. The course guides students to formulate a teaching style that is built upon self-awareness and self-assessment and which capitalizes on their individual personality and talents.

Community Clinical and Agency Management

Covers a general overview of the community mental health system and clinical management associated with this area. Interagency agreements, memorandums of understanding and other collaborative experiences are discussed. Additional operational areas of agency management are addressed including general standards associated with record keeping, billing, fee scales, and reaching out to diverse and underserved populations.

Grant Writing and Publication

n this course, students will examine the relationship among organizational mission statement, needs assessments, goals, objectives, work plans, and evaluations. In addition, writing techniques will be discussed that will assist the student in the grant-writing process. The course will cover: common organizational problems, needs assessment, goals and objectives, evaluation, grant abstracts.

The Marital and Family Therapy Psy.D Program at the Chicago School campuses in Southern California meets the educational requirements for California licensure. A student must complete 3000 hours of supervised experience. The supervisor must be licensed for a minimum of 2 years as an MFT, a licensed psychologist, a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or a psychiatrist. The 250 practicum hours count toward the 3000 hour total. Pre-graduate hours must be done in an agency setting. Postdegree hours can be done with a supervisor in private practice if desired. Upon completion of the degree and the supervised hours, the candidate must pass two licensing examination given by the BBS and pay the appropriate fees.

The dissertation is an essential aspect of a student’s academic experience and clinical education at the school. The dissertation provides the school with the opportunity to formally evaluate the student’s ability to contribute to the field by applying theory and research to areas of clinical psychology, thinking critically and creatively about professional psychology, and demonstrating self-direction and professional/scholarly writing. The dissertation should clearly and concisely demonstrate the student’s command of the body of knowledge in a chosen area, as well as ability to critically evaluate and synthesize this knowledge. The student’s Dissertation Committee is responsible for assessing the student’s abilities and critical thinking, determining the professional standards the dissertation must meet, and giving final approval to the dissertation.

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
350 N Orleans St, Suite 1050
Chicago, IL 60654-1822

Students applying to the Psy.D. in Marital and Family Therapy (post-Bachelor’s) program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay – Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 750 words).
    • The field of Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) focuses on psychology as it relates to an individual’s relationships and the influences on his / her systems. In MFT settings you will likely assist individuals from diverse backgrounds in a variety of different contexts. Please tell us reasons why you want to receive your Psy.D. in Marital and Family Therapy. Include what your career aspirations are and some of the challenges you might encounter when working with diverse individuals.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.
  • Previous Coursework
    • Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

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The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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