Pacific Oaks College

Marital & Family Therapy Program
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Pacific Oaks is known for its progressive approach to learning, which provides an egalitarian academic environment where each student and each instructor is both teacher and learner and real-world experiences are valued as well as academic achievements. The marital and family therapy program is unique among other MFT programs in that it prepares graduates to consider issues of social justice within family systems and to explore how those factors directly impact family dynamics and the mental health of each family member, and students may select our specializations in African American or Latina/Latino studies to gain marketable expertise and cultural competence in these critical and underserved areas. 

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Trevor Dobbs (director)
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Marriage & Family Therapy
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

5 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, CA 91103-3592
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency
  • The Interface of Society and Human Development
  • Latina/o History and Culture
  • Latina/o Family Systems
  • Introduction to Basic Counseling Skills
  • Communication and Counseling Skills
  • Personality Theories and Clinical Intervention
  • Theories and Applications of Psychological Testing
  • Family Therapy: Theory and Practice
  • The African American Family and Child
  • African American Psychology
  • African American History and Culture
  • Advocacy in the African American Community
  • Theories of Marriage, Family and Child Counseling
  • Treatment Issues in MFT
  • Couples Therapy
  • Marital and Family Assessment
  • Theories and Applications of Psychological Testing
  • Clinical Theories of Child Development
  • Domestic Violence
  • Introduction to Trauma
  • Substance Abuse, the Individual, and Family Dynamics
  • Psychopathology of Adulthood
  • Human Sexuality and Sexism
  • Professional Ethics and the Law
  • Latina/o Psychology
  • Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Legal Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Thesis Proposal
  • Master's Thesis Completion
  • Clinical Skills in Family Therapy
  • Independent Study
  • Thesis/Master's Project
  • Therapy with Children
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Group Therapy
  • Cross-Cultural Mores and Values: Socio/Cultural Environments
  • Practicum I & II
  • Special Topics
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marital & Family Therapy
  • Marital & Family Therapy with Latina/Latino Specilization
  • Marital & Family Therapy with African American Specialization
Masters Comments

The program may be completed in as little as 2 1/2 years when starting in the spring semester, or 3 years, when starting in fall. 100% of students secure clinical training placements within community agencies-enabling students to complete the pre-graduate portion of the 3,000 supervised hours required for the California licensing exam in marriage and family 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.