Doctor of Philosophy in Family Therapy
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
The Ph.D. in Family Therapy consists of 90 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, with at least 30 of the 90 credit hours focused on research courses, completion of a dissertation, and an internship across two semesters focused on two of the following areas: research, grant writing, supervision, college teaching, clinical specialization, and advanced clinical theory. The Ph.D. in Family Therapy requires 60 semester hours of courses beyond the master’s degree.
|The following prerequisite courses, or reasonable equivalents, will be completed in the student’s Master's degree program; if not, they must be taken during the Family Therapy doctoral degree program. In addition, students must have completed an internship experience in their Master's degree program (minimum of 12 months & 500 (200 relational) direct client contact hours).|
|Lifespan Human Development|
|Theories of the Family|
|Statistics for Family Sciences|
|Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Counselors|
|Principles of Couple Therapy|
|Foundations of Family Therapy Theory|
|Research Methods in Family Sciences|
|Issues and Ethics in Professional Development|
|Family of Origin|
|Systemic Clinical Theory & Applications to Contemporary Challenges|
|FS 6243||Advanced Applications of Family Therapy to Contemporary Challenges||3|
|FS 6563||Family Therapy II (Advanced Family Therapy Theory)||3|
|FS 6903||Special Topics (Rotating topic - must be approved by advisor)||3|
|Foundations of Teaching, Supervision, & Leadership|
|FS 6253||Supervision in Family Therapy (Application required, with minimum of 100 relational client contact hours and instructor approval)||3|
|FS 6343||Effective College Teaching Methods||3|
|FS 6433||Grants Writing in Family Sciences||3|
|FS 6003||Advanced Study of the Lifespan||3|
|FS 6193||Advanced Statistics for Family Sciences||3|
|FS 6203||Frameworks and Ethics for Qualitative Research in Family Sciences||3|
|FS 6403||Theory Building in Family Sciences||3|
|FS 6443||Research and Issues in Family Sciences||3|
|FS 6693||Advanced Quantitative Research Methods In Family Sciences||3|
|FS 6793||Advanced Qualitative Research Methods In Family Sciences||3|
|FS 6893||Multivariate Statistics||3|
|FS 6903||Special Topics (Structural Equation Modeling & Dyadic Analysis)||3|
|Specialty Area/Career Goals|
|Select one from the following:||3|
|Academic Life and Scholarship|
|Family Financial Counseling|
|Psychopathology and Exceptionalities in Childhood and Adolescence|
|Autism Spectrum Disorders|
|Therapeutic and Crisis Interventions for Children and Adolescents|
|Neurodevelopmental and Genetic Disorders In Children|
|Cross Cultural Psychology|
|Foundations of Health Science|
|Health Advocacy and Leadership|
|Strategies in Health Education Delivery|
|History of Health and Medicine|
|Principles and Methods of Teaching Health Professionals|
|Foundation of Reading: Physiological And Psychological Dimensions|
|Nature of Literacy in the Adolescent Years|
|Seminar on Social Organization and Disorganization|
|Social Psychology Theory|
|All electives must be approved by the student’s doctoral degree plan committee prior to enrolling in the courses.|
|FS 6913||Independent Study (Advanced Practical Experience in Family Therapy (2 semesters) Choose two of the following areas: Supervision, Advanced Research, Teaching, Advanced Clinical Theory & Practice, Grant Writing)||6|
|See Advanced Practical Experience section in the Family Therapy Doctoral Student Handbook for application and course requirements.|
|Students are expected to complete their formal degree plan during a meeting with their major advisor and doctoral committee before completing 15 hours of courses.|
Two-thirds of the total semester credit hours will determine the major.
Note: The specific course requirements and total semester credit hours are developed in cooperation with and approved in a meeting of the student’s graduate advisory committee. The department chair also approves individual doctoral degree plans based on current departmental requirements. If a grade of C or below is earned two times while in any Family Sciences doctoral program, the student will be dismissed from the program.
The Department of Family Sciences requirement is currently consistent with the university requirements as described in the Graduate School General Requirements section of this catalog. Check with the advisory committee for any possible additions in acceptable courses to meet the research tool requirement. These requirements of 12 student credit hours are a part of the 90 semester credit hours minimum described above and are included in the 30 hours of research courses required.
Grading Specific to the Family Therapy Program
All Family Therapy students are required to earn grades of "B" or better in all graduate courses. If less than a "B" is earned, students must retake the course the next available semester the course is offered. If a student earns two non-passing grades ("C" or below) in any courses during their program, s/he will be dismissed from the program. Even though students have retaken a course and earned a passing grade for one (1) course, it does not negate the consequence associated with this two non-passing grades requirement.
The qualifying examination consists of written and/or oral comprehensive examinations conducted by the candidate’s advisory committee and administered at least one academic year before the degree is expected to be conferred, ordinarily not earlier than during the last semester of the second full year of graduate study. In no case may a student be excused from the qualifying examination. (NOTE: The student must have met research tools and any residence requirements before taking the qualifying examination.) Additional information regarding the qualifying examination process and criteria in Family Therapy can be found in the Family Therapy Ph.D. Student Handbook at the Department of Family Sciences website.
A comprehensive oral examination will include a defense of the dissertation and the research on which it is based, as well as questions concerning the major. The Final Examination may only be repeated one time. Failure to pass this exam results in dismissal from the program.
Criminal Background Check
Passing a criminal background check may be required by TWU and/or certain facilities associated with the required clinical work or for certifications/licensures. If students are unable to be cleared on any of these requirements, they may not be eligible to continue in the program or become certified/licensed.