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Medical Family Therapy Program

The Medical Family Therapy Program offers both a master and doctoral degree program. We offer a Master's degree in Couple and Family Therapy and a Doctoral degree in Medical Family Therapy.

Medical Family Therapy Program

The program is unique in that it is attentive not only to understanding the development of individuals through the life cycle, but also to fostering sensitivity to the family and other social contexts in which people live, learn and work.

Our Mission

The mission of the 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, we 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; who strive to practice in a collaborative engagement with other professionals and the community.

Learning Outcomes

The Goals and Objectives of the Medical Family Therapy Program

The Program has established student learning outcomes that reflect the expectations and competencies established by the profession. These learning outcomes are derived from the MedFT Program Goals and Objectives which are, in turn, derived from the five dimensions of the Saint Louis University Experience. These dimensions, goals, program objectives and student learning objectives are described below. 

The Five Dimensions of the Saint Louis University Experience Reflective of its mission, Saint Louis University strives to engage its students in five interrelated dimensions contributing to the development of the whole person: scholarship and knowledge, intellectual inquiry and communication, community building, leadership and service, and spirituality and values.

Scholarship and Knowledge
By developing a well-rounded educational foundation which incorporates learning through experience, by becoming scholars in their chosen fields, and by dedicating themselves to the advancement of knowledge, students are prepared for advanced study, for their careers, and for lifelong learning.

Intellectual Inquiry and Communication
By developing the abilities of intellectual inquiry and communication, students are able to learn effectively, express ideas and concepts clearly, and apply their knowledge to new situations they encounter. 

Community Building
By welcoming and working with others, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or gender, students build an inclusive community which leads to respect and compassion for human life and the dignity of each person. 

Leadership and Service
By serving others and by promoting social justice, students become men and women for others who lead by their example.

Spirituality and Values
By developing their spirituality, values, and openness to the transcendent, students determine principles to guide their actions and their relationships with others. 

Medical Family Therapy Program Goals and Objectives 
The Program has established five overarching goals that reflect the five dimensions of the SLU experience. These goals guide the efforts of the faculty in the development of curriculum, clinical training, and research as well as providing a basis for the student learning outcomes and objectives. Within each goal there are one or more student learning objectives that, when achieved, will demonstrate your attainment of professional competencies, skills, and knowledge commensurate with your degree. These goals and objectives reflect the professional accreditation standards, core competencies, and educational standards established by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.

Goal 1:  Scholarship and Knowledge. To train sound clinicians who are equipped to work with a wide variety of presenting problems and a diverse array of families.

  • Objective A:  Students will demonstrate an expanded knowledge of theoretical and clinical practice in marriage and family therapy. 
  • Objective B:  Students will demonstrate advanced competency in clinical practice. 
  • Objective C:  Students will demonstrate competency in a student-selected area of clinical specialization or expertise.

Goal 2: Intellectual Inquiry and Communication. To foster and develop rigorous and original scholarship for both faculty and students. 

  • Objective A:  Extend the knowledge base of MFT through original research and intellectual inquiry. 
  • Objective B:  Attain basic competency in providing clinical supervision. 
  • Objective C:  Contribute to the field through the development of effective teaching skills.

Goal 3: Community Building. Students will be trained to be adept at understanding and working with clients and other health professionals from a variety of multicultural and health professional backgrounds, with a specific emphasis on the concerns of poor and under served populations.

  • Objective: Attain an increased cultural competence in working with diverse populations.
  • Objective: Understand and effectively take part in interdisciplinary team work creating collaboration and demonstrating leadership.

Goal 4: Leadership and Service. To educate professionals who are knowledgeable and skilled clinicians and policy leaders in their profession and community; and promote social justice among all people.

  • Objective:  Demonstrate personal and professional skills that promote social justice through involvement and leadership in the community.
  • Objective: Understand and effectively communicate health and social policy implications.

Goal 5: Spirituality and Values. To prepare reflective practitioners who understand themselves in relation to those they serve and who incorporate spiritual, moral, and ethical principles into their personal and professional lives.

  • Objective:  Understand and effectively communicate your personal, spiritual and professional values and demonstrate how they guide your personal and professional lives.


The Medical Family Therapy Master's and Doctoral Programs at Saint Louis University are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), 112 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.838.9808.

In accordance with the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Recognition Standard 12B and Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) policies, programs must publish their Student Achievement Criteria (SAC) - Ph.D. and Student Achievement Criteria (SAC) - M.A.

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