Alliant International University–San Diego

Couple & Family Therapy Program
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The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT) doctoral and masters programs at Alliant International University provide students with the essential training needed to pursue a career as a professional marriage and family therapist and prepare them to be licensed as a marital and family therapist. Students who complete the CFT masters at Alliant International University can apply all of their master's degree coursework and practicum hours toward the doctoral program. The CFT graduate programs at Alliant International University have a dedicated, caring, highly skilled, and diverse faculty. The program provides intensive theoretical and practical skill based training. The CFT program at Alliant International University attracts students from around the world and is dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations.

Program Overview
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Famly Therapy
Campus Enrollment
3,000
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

Marianne Miller, Ph.D
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131
United States

Phone Number
858-635-4878
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Linna Wang (Systemwide Program Director)
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Group Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • MFT Theories and Techniques I
  • MFT Theories and Techniques II
  • MFT Law and Ethics
  • Introduction to Psychopathology
  • Parent-Child Therapy
  • MFT Techniques Lab I
  • MFT Techniques Lab II
  • Diversity and the Family
  • Individual and Family Life Cycle
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Trauma & Crisis Intervention
  • MFT Research Methods
  • Preparing for Community Practice
  • Sex Therapy
  • MFT Assessment
  • Treatment with the Chemical Dependency FamilyPracticum
  • Advanced Practicum
  • Advanced Brief Models
  • Advanced Intergenerational
  • Advanced Statistics I
  • Advanced Statistics II
  • Advanced Couples Therapy
  • Advanced MFT Qualitative
  • Advanced MFT Quantitative
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Supervision in MFT I
  • Internship
  • Social Basis of Behavior
  • Bio Basis of Behavior
  • Personality and Affect
  • Dissertation
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Couple & Family Therapy
  • Chemical Dependency Specialization
  • Gerontology Specialization
  • Infant-Preschooler Mental Health Certificate
  • Latin American Family Therapy
  • LGBT Human Services and Mental Health Certificate
Masters Comments

Mission Statement

Provide the highest quality diversity sensitive professional education, training, community engagement, and scholarship in the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy. Professional Education: We train ethical, diverse professionals to deliver competent CFT services to foster the well-being of diverse individuals, children, couples, families, organizations, and communities. Diversity: We promote and advocate for understanding, honor, and respect for the diversity of human relationships with an emphasis on populations from diverse multicultural, socioeconomic, and international backgrounds.

Community: We actively engage a diversity of communities through the knowledge and skills of couple and family therapy to make a positive difference. Scholarship: We contribute to the understanding, creation, and dissemination of couple and family therapy scholarship.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Couple & Family Therapy
Doctoral Comments

The MA and Doctoral of Psychology in Couple & Family Therapy are offered in Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and San Diego is based on scholar-practitioner model. Students are trained to work with individuals, couples and families from a systemic perspective, As such, attention is directed to relationship and interaction patterns. Skills are developed in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals and relationship systems. The program provides an integrative approach to the major systemic theories and interventions. The program provides the academic training for licensure either as an MFT or psychologist. Students may include concentrations in chemical dependency, Latino Family Therapy, and gerontology. Each of these concentrations required additional coursework.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.