Alliant International University–San Francisco

California School of Professional Psychology
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The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT) masters programs at Alliant International University provide students with the essential training needed to pursue a career as a professional marriage and family therapist. The Master of Arts in MFT allows students to be licensed as a marital and family therapist. The CFT graduate programs at Alliant International University have a dedicated, caring, highly skilled 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
Program Administrator
Dr. Marcia Michaels
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family Therapy
Program Options
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
Department Address

1 Beach Street
Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94133-1221
United States

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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 Family
  • Practicum
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Infant-Preschooler Mental Health Certificate
  • Latin American Family Therapy Specialzations
  • 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
  • Clinical Psychology
Doctoral Comments

The program as a whole is designed to address all five levels of the biopsychosocial model of human functioning: biological, psychological, familial, community, and sociocultural. With regard to theoretical orientations to treatment, we encourage students to develop a personal integration of contemporary psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and multicultural approaches. Because of the extensive clinical course offerings at CSPP-San Francisco, students can develop in-depth expertise in one or more of these orientations by selecting sections of required courses, elective courses, field placements (practica), and supervisors that emphasize a specific theoretical orientation in therapy.

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.