Saint Louis University

Department of Family & Community Medicine
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The mission of Saint Louis University's Medical Family Therapy program is to train marriage and
family therapists who are engaged in service to individuals, couples, families and the
community. Through a scholarly and reflective process, the faculty are involved in the
development of professional clinicians who understand and recognize the primacy and
importance of scientific inquiry, diversity and social justice; who respect and accept multiple
perspectives; and who strive to practice in a collaborative engagement with other professionals
and the community.

M.A. in Family Therapy (medical family therapy concentration):
The M.A. in Family Therapy is based on a systemic/relational view of individuals, couples and
families. It fulfills the course and practicum requirements toward licensure in the State of
Missouri as a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. The program requires a minimum of 60
credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. Prerequisites include 18 credit hours in the
behavioral sciences. Program requirements include didactic courses, two semesters of
practicum, three semesters of internship in a community setting and the attainment of a
minimum of 500 hours of direct clinical contact. The concentration in medical family therapy
prepares student to function as part of an integrated care team in addressing the
biopsychosocial needs of individuals and families.

Ph.D. in Medical Family Therapy:
The Ph.D. in Medical Family Therapy is based on a systemic/relational view of individuals,
couples and families. It prepares clinicians to work within an integrated care health setting in
collaboration with medical and mental health professionals. Coursework focuses on theory,
practice and research in the field of couple and family therapy with an emphasis on intervention
in primary care medical settings and as adjunct health providers in specialty care. The doctoral
program involves a minimum of 51 credit hours of coursework beyond the master's degree, plus
comprehensive examinations and original research culminating in the dissertation (12+ credit
hours). The Ph.D. has a clinical component in which students are trained in both mental health
and medical settings as part of an integrated care team of health professionals. Students are
required to complete a nine to twelve month internship.

The Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Program at Saint Louis University is accredited by
the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American
Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The Ph.D. program is available as a part-time or
a full-time program.

Career Paths:
Possible careers include academic positions, research, clinical positions in medical and mental
health centers, private practice and consulting.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Craig W. Smith
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
Department Address

3700 Lindell Boulevard
Morrissey Hall, Suit 1101
Saint Louis, MO 63108
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Intro to Family Therapy
  • Group Counseling Theory and PracticeTheory and Intervention in Human Sexuality
  • Practicum in Family Therapy
  • Internship in Family Therapy
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Foundations of Multicultural Family Therapy
  • Special Study for Examinations
  • Graduate Reading Course
  • Thesis Research
  • The Neurobiology of Interpersonal Behavior
  • Ethical & Legal Issues in Family Therapy
  • Diagnosis and Assessment in Family Therapy
  • Foundations of Couple and Family Therapy
  • Advanced Couple and Family Therapy
  • Introduction to Family Studies
  • Supervision in Family Therapy
  • Couple Interaction & Therapy
  • Integrative and Evidence Based Models in Couple and Family Therapy
  • Integrative Care Practicum
  • Research Practicum
  • Theories and Models of Medical Family Therapy
  • Practicum: Supervision of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Families, Health, and Illness
  • Behavioral Medicine and Integrative Care
  • The Self in Theory and Therapy
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Doctoral Internship
  • Special Study for Examinations
  • Research Topics in Medical Family Therapy
  • Graduate Reading Course
  • Dissertation Research
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Masters of Arts (M.A.) with a concentration in medical family therapy
Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Doctor of Philosphy (Ph.D)
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.