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Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT) in Marriage & Family Therapy

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The Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT) degree program at Argosy University, Twin Cities is a 60-credit-hour terminal, practice-oriented degree. The program seeks to build upon your prior learning and professional experience by expanding and deepening your knowledge of human development, family dynamics, systemic thinking, interactional theories, traditional and contemporary marriage and family therapy theories and practices, and the cultural contexts within which these are embedded.

The curriculum of the Argosy University, Twin Cities Marriage & Family Therapy program is designed to provide opportunities for advanced study and research of systemic concepts and methods as applied to clinical work with children, couples, individuals, and families as well as to larger systems of organizations and communities. In addition to supporting the continuing development of clinical skills, the focus of the curriculum includes the development of skills related to leadership and service to the field in the areas of teaching and supervision.

In regard to training in supervision, the DMFT degree program curriculum is generally designed to meet the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) requirements to become an Approved Supervisor. (Those students who are already AAMFT Approved Supervisors may petition for an alternative learning experience equivalent to the 9 credit hours devoted to training and supervision.)

Program Learning Outcomes


Program Outcome One
Students will integrate both historical and current systems thought to develop a personal, practical, broad-based theoretical advanced level of knowledge. The advanced level knowledge base will include, in part, components of individual and family processes and development as well as demonstrate social and cultural influences.

Program Outcome Two
Given various clinical settings, students will critique appraisals, and apply appropriate assessments and diagnosis based on the integration of theory and practice.

Program Outcome Three
Given a supervisory scenario, students will integrate current theories and practices in the field to form and apply clinical supervision and teaching skills.

Program Outcome Four
Given a clinical situation, students will apply the appropriate laws and ethics of their respective state and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy to demonstrate their personal and professional development (professional identity) as a clinician,

Program Outcome Five
Given principles and strategies of research and evaluation, students will analyze both evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence to advance theory, research, clinical practice, program evaluation, supervision, and involvement in the community.

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Admissions Requirements

  • A master's degree in marriage and family therapy or related field of study from a regionally accredited institution, nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution with a minimum of two three-credit hour graduate level courses covering basic family theories and concepts of intervention, as well as one course on individual or group psychotherapy. An applicant who has not had one or more of these three courses or their equivalent may be accepted into the program, but may not register for courses in the DMFT degree program curriculum until this prerequisite has been met. A plan of study incorporating these prerequisite courses may be made available during the admissions interview.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) in work leading to a master's degree and in any subsequent graduate study.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to assist interested applicants in completing the following required documentation:

  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession
  • Current resume
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation forms
  • Official transcripts from the institution that conferred the master's degree and any institutions where graduate coursework was subsequently taken. Bachelor's level transcripts are not required

Course List

Core Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

MF7000 - Advanced Systemic Theory and Practice I
(3)

(3)

MF7001 - Advanced Systemic Theory & Practice II
(3)

(3)

MF7100 - Systemic Appraisals & Assessments I
(3)

(3)

MF7101 - Systemic Appraisals & Assessments II
(3)

(3)

MF7200 - Doctoral Seminar I
(1)

(1)

MF7201 - Doctoral Seminar II
(1)

(1)

MF7202 - Doctoral Seminar III
(1)

(1)

MF8510 - Teaching Systemic Theory and Practice
(3)

(3)

Core Requirements — 18 Credit Hours

 

Research Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

R7001 - Introduction to Research Methods
(3)

(3)

W7000 - Advanced Academic Study and Writing
(3)

(3)

Students Choose One of the Following

 

R7031 - Methods and Analysis of Quantitative Research
(3)

(3)

R7035 - Methods and Analysis of Qualitative Research
(3)

(3)

Research Requirements — 9 Credit Hours

 

Customized Concentration Requirements --Students Are Required to Take the Following

Students choose 4 courses with the approval of the department chair

Customized Concentration Requirements —12 Credit Hours

 

Applied Clinical Project Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

MF7900 - Clinical Research Project in Marriage and Family Therapy I: Review of Literature
(3)

(3)

MF7901 - Clinical Research Project in Marriage and Family Therapy II: Application
(3)

(3)

Applied Clinical Project Requirements — 6 Credit Hours

 

Practicum Experiences in Supervision and Teaching Requirements --Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

MF7300 - Fundamentals of Supervision
(3)

(3)

MF7401 - Teaching Practicum in Systemic Theory and Practice I
(3)

(3)

MF7402 - Teaching Practicum in Systemic Theory and Practice II
(3)

(3)

MF7600 - Supervision Practicum I
(3)

(3)

MF7601 - Supervision Practicum II
(3)

(3)

Practicum Experiences in Supervision and Teaching Requirements — 15 Credit Hours

 

Internship — Students are Required to Take the Following

 

MF7801 - DMFT Internship
(0)

(0)

Internship Requirement — 0 credit Hours

 

Customized Concentration Requirements

Students work with a faculty advisor to develop a learning contract tailored to individual and professional development needs in the field of marriage and family therapy. The Customized Concentration is designed to provide the foundation and context for the Internship and Applied Clinical Project. Students are required to take 12 credit hours to complete the Customized Concentration requirements. All courses must be selected from those listed as 6000 to 8000 level. A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours may be directed independent study). The Customized Concentration must be approved by the department chair.

 

Practicum Experiences

Students participate in two clinical practicum and corresponding seminars:

Supervision Practicum & Seminars I & II — supervising/co-supervising on campus and/or at an off-campus clinical site.

Teaching Practicum & Seminar I — teaching/teaching assistant/shadowing at an undergraduate and/or graduate level program in Marriage & Family Therapy or disciplines related thereto.

Comprehensive Qualifying Examination

Students in the DMFT degree program must pass a Comprehensive Qualifying Examination in order to advance in the program. The exam evaluates the student's theoretical knowledge, fluency, and integrative skill regarding the seven (7) listed above under "Core Requirements" and the three (3) courses listed above under "Research Requirements."  The exam may be scheduled after the completion of these courses.

The exam in administered by a faculty committee which is formed in consultation with the student's advisor and/or the department chair. The examination may involve writing a single essay or a series of brief essays or taking an objective examination or a combination of two or all three above.  The conclusions and/or recommendations of the majority of the faculty on the committee become the final decision of the committee. The criteria for evaluation of the examination include breadth and depth of knowledge and theory; integration and application of concepts; organization and clarity; and understanding of issues related to diversity and ethics. Students will be expected to provide complete and focused answers to the comprehensive questions. Students failing the exam the first time may re-take the exam after meeting with the faculty committee to discuss plans for remediation. A student has a year to complete the remediation and retake the exam. Failing the exam on two occasions will result in dismissal from the program.

Internship

Students in the DMFT degree program must complete a nine month internship of 600 hours. Students develop an Internship Plan that reflects the area of concentration and is subject to the approval of the advisor and faculty committee. The internship may be completed at the student’s place of employment as long as relatively new learning experiences are included in the plan.

Applied Clinical Project

Students are required to complete the Applied Clinical Project (ACP). The student's ACP is developed and completed in two sequential research courses. Minimal components include theory, practice, and research.

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