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   Marriage & Family Therapy PhD Program

Clinical Training
From spring of their first year through spring of their second year, all students provide therapy for clients at the Family Therapy Center, our on-site training clinic, under faculty supervision.   Faculty are Approved Supervisors or Approved Supervisor Candidates of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy. Therapy sessions are monitored or recorded using our state of the art digital video system.  Students need a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours providing therapy and 200 hours of supervision to graduate.  Up to half of these hours may be transferred from their master’s programs.  The rest are earned during the student's third-year, off-campus internship.   Since students must be engaged in clinical practice while enrolled, they typically complete 200 to 300 hours of therapy at our center, regardless of any hours they transfer.  Depending on their master’s work, students may qualify to take the MFT licensure exam in some states on or shortly after graduation, and occasionally before. Students seeking Virginia licensure may need limited additional coursework.

In their second year, all students also take a course in the supervision of marriage and family therapy, which meets the pedagogy standard and 18 hours of the supervision of supervision requirement for becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.  In conjunction with this course and the experience required for this credential, they act as consulting supervisors under faculty oversight to first year practicum students.

play therapy
room 2
dvr system
therapists' office