Phillips Graduate University

Marriage & Family Art Therapy
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Our unique program, initiated in 1999, provides an interdisciplinary approach to learning contemporary marriage and family therapy. Students learn systemic marriage and family therapy models, art therapy practices, and interpersonal neurobiology approaches. Our art therapy classes are small and allow for individualized teaching, yet art therapy students belong to a larger cohort of MFT students as well, which provides opportunities for extensive networking and the professional support systems critical to success in the field. Students also benefit from exposure to many instructors allowing them to glimpse diverse practice styles and areas of specialization.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Erin King-West
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 Courses Offered
  • Family Therapy: Systemic Approaches
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Foundations of Psychotherapy
  • Case Conference: Pragmatics and Human Communication/AT Section
  • History and Literature of Art Therapy
  • Studio Art Therapy Principles
  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Case Conference/Practicum/AT Section
  • Introduction to Research I/AT Section
  • Art Therapy Approaches to Assessment
  • Art Therapy Dynamics and Applications
  • Psychological Testing
  • MFTs in Community Mental Health
  • Group Dynamics/AT Section
  • Introduction to Research II/AT Section
  • Art Therapy Approaches to Addictions and Trauma
  • Field Study Practicum/AT Section
  • Couple Therapy
  • Sexuality and Sex Therapy
  • Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues
  • Professional Paper Research I/AT Section
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology: Introduction
  • Applied Therapeutic Methodology I/AT Section
  • Practicum I/AT Section
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Professional Paper Research II/AT Section
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology: Applications
  • Applied Therapeutic Methodology II/AT Section
  • Practicum II/AT Section
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Art Therapy
Masters Comments

The Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy program consists of 64 units.

The fall or spring entry programs can be completed in two years/five semesters or in three years/seven semesters. Both fall and spring entries have at least one required summer semester. Participation in other summer semesters is optional and can assist students in meeting research and clinical hours requirements. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with their admissions advisor regarding the details of the program options and multi-program choices.

Master of Arts in Psychology students who wish to add Art Therapy coursework after their first semester need to schedule an appointment with their academic advisor. A personal interview and an academic planning meeting with the Art Therapy Department Chair are required for all students prior to official acceptance into the program.

Students interested in the concentration option must apply to be accepted.

Concentration students are not eligible to apply for Art Therapy Registration (ATR). Please contact an admissions advisor for more information regarding the concentration program.

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.