Phillips Graduate Institute

Marriage & Family Therapy
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The Marriage and Family Therapy Program is the program upon which Phillips Graduate Institute was founded. For almost forty years, our MFT graduates have been making a difference in the lives of others as they grow professionally and personally.  Systems theories are the core of the academic program, as students are exposed to foundational concepts and the most cutting-edge developments in clinical methodology.Learning occurs on three levels: traditional academic instruction, skills training, and personal and professional growth. Lectures and reading assignments are always complemented by hands-on practice. Students are challenged to explore their interpersonal processes in order to develop the personal qualities of excellent psychotherapists. Our program respects and encourages students of diverse backgrounds to learn with and from each other, to be prepared to work in complex, multicultural environments. The cohort model, in which a consistent group of students goes through the program together, provides a context in which students learn about systems by reflecting on their cohort process, as well as by academic study.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Deborah Buttitta
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Marriage & Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

19900 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Deborah Buttitta
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Human Diversity
  • Family Therapy: Systemic Approaches, Developmental Psychology
  • Foundations of Psychotherapy
  • Introduction to Research I & II
  • A Case Conference: Pragmatics and Human Communication
  • Family Therapy: Evolving Systemic Approaches
  • Case Conference/Practicum: Assessment and Group Dynamics
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Assessment and Treatment in a Developmental Context
  • Alcohol and Chemical Dependency
  • Professional Project Research
  • Contemporary Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Applied Therapeutic Methodology
  • Sexuality and Sex Therapy
  • Couple Therapy
  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues
  • Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Applied Therapeutic Methodology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychological Testing
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy - Art Therapy
  • Marriage & Family Therapy - Child Therapy
  • Marriage & Family Therapy - Co-occuring Disorders
  • Marriage & Family Therapy - Latino Family Therapy
  • Marriage & Family Therapy - School Counseling
Masters Comments

Our MA in Marriage and Family Therapy is a 60-unit curriculum delivered over five semesters, including one summer semester.  Although the program is rigorous, flexible scheduling does allow students to combine school requirements with full time work in most cases.

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.