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