Catalog 2013-2014 
    Apr 24, 2018  
Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Couple and Family Therapy: PsyD, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego

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The Couple and Family Therapy doctoral program at Alliant International University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) (112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: (703) 838- 9808; Email:

Mission and Objectives

Provide the highest quality diversity sensitive professional education, training, community engagement, and scholarship in the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy.

  • Professional Education: We train ethical, diverse professionals to deliver competent CFT services to foster the well-being of diverse individuals, children, couples, families, organizations, and communities.
  • Diversity: We promote and advocate for understanding, honor, and respect for the diversity of human relationships with an emphasis on populations from diverse multicultural, socioeconomic, and international backgrounds.
  • Community: We actively engage a diversity of communities through the knowledge and skills of couple and family therapy to make a positive difference.
  • Scholarship: We contribute to the understanding, creation, and dissemination of couple and family therapy scholarship.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

SLO 1 Practice Foundational Knowledge and Skills: Masters and doctoral students comprehend and demonstrate CFT conceptual, perceptual, executive, evaluative, professional, and theoretical skills.

SLO 2 Diversity Knowledge and Skills: Masters and doctoral students comprehend and demonstrate knowledge of human diversity with a multicultural and international emphasis.

SLO 3 Community Knowledge and Skills: Masters and doctoral students comprehend and demonstrate knowledge of how to engage community behavioral health care resources.

SLO 4 Scholarship Foundation Knowledge and Skills: Masters and doctoral students demonstrate a basic knowledge of CFT research methodologies and scholarship.

SLO 5 Practice Supervision Knowledge and Skills: Doctoral students comprehend models and methods of CFT supervision.

SLO 6 Practice Specific Knowledge and Skill: Doctoral students articulate and demonstrate the application of a personal CFT model of therapy

SLO 7 Scholarship Application Knowledge and Skills: Doctoral students demonstrate the ability to understand and apply CFT research methods.

Training Model: A Scholar-Practitioner Program

The Doctor of Psychology in Couple and Family Therapy program is offered in Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego and leads to a Doctorate of Psychology in Marital and Family Therapy degree. The CFT PsyD is based on the scholar-practitioner model. Students are trained to work with individuals, couples, and families from a systemic perspective. Skills are developed in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals and relationship systems. The program provides an integrative approach to the major systemic theories and interventions. The program provides the academic training for licensure either as a marriage and family therapist or as a psychologist in the State of California. However, licensure requirements are different in every state and country and change over time, particularly for psychology licensure. Those interested in licensure as a psychologist should carefully check the licensure requirements in the state or country where they wish to obtain licensure. Students may include concentrations in chemical dependency, Latino Family Therapy, and gerontology. Additionally, students may do a concentration in LGBT Human Services and Mental Health or Infant-Preschool Mental Health, both of which are done online. Concentrations require additional coursework.

Specialized Admissions Requirements: Credit for Previous Graduate Work

Entering CFT doctoral students may be eligible to receive credit for previous graduate work up to a maximum of 40 units from non-COAMMFTE MA programs and 55 hours for doctoral students from a COAMFTE MA program.

To be considered for credit in our program students’ graduate coursework:
(a) Must have been taken from a regionally accredited master’s or doctoral program.
(b) Must have been completed prior to the student’s entry to the Alliant CFT program.
(c) Must have resulted in grades of B or better and have been completed within the last seven years.

Procedures for transfers/waivers:
The student provides a list of the Alliant courses for which s/he is interested in receiving credit, along with course descriptions and syllabi. It is submitted in writing to the CFT site director for review/approval. Once approved it will be submitted to the registrar office for posting. Students interested in transferring in client contract hours apply through the Systemwide Clinical Training Administrator: Shon San Jose,

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The CFT doctoral program includes all of the requirements in the CFT master’s program including passing the MA comprehensive exam. Practicum program requirements are described in the Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy program description and in the Couple and Family Therapy Clinical Training Manual. The doctoral program requires that students are continuously involved in the practice of couple and family therapy. The predoctoral internship consists of 1500 hours. The supervisor for at least 500 client contact hours (250 with couples and families) must be an AAMFT-approved supervisor. Students must supplement their program with 100 hours of professional development activities; 25 of these hours may involve personal counseling or psychotherapy with a licensed person who is not core faculty at Alliant. The program requires completion of a minimum of 114 units.

Curriculum Plan


9 units

Select from among the three certificate/concentration programs or from other classes in the Clinical Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Couple and Family Therapy programs.

Practicum/Internship Training

21 units


3 units

  • PSY 9901 - MFT Dissertation (3 units)
  • Note: If students need more than one semester for dissertation completion (typical for many students depending on the type and scope of the dissertation), they are expected to maintain continuous enrollment (during Fall and Spring semesters) in the dissertation extension course until they have achieved dissertation clearance.

Master’s Degree Options in Doctoral CFT Programs

Students in the CFT PsyD program can receive a licensable marital and family therapy master’s degree as part of their doctoral studies upon completion of the requirements for that degree.

Couple and Family Therapy Faculty:

Core faculty for the CFT programs are listed below:

Alyssa Banford, PhD, Assistant Professor, San Diego

Stephen Brown, PhD, Professor, Irvine

Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD, Associate Professor, Los Angeles

Hao-Min Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Irvine

Liang-Ying Chou, PhD, Assistant Professor, Irvine

Jaclyn Cravens, PhD, Assistant Professor, San Diego

Sean Davis, PhD, Associate Professor, Sacramento

Tatiana Glebova, PhD, Assistant Professor and Site Director, Sacramento

Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD, Associate Professor, Los Angeles

Alexander Hsieh, Assistant Professor, Sacramento

Jeff Jackson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Irvine

Angela Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor, San Diego

Jessica E. Lambert, PhD, Assistant Professor, San Diego

Marcia L. Michaels, PhD, Associate Professor and Site Director, San Francisco

Marianne McInnes Miller, PhD, Associate Professor and Site Director, San Diego

Martha Morgan, PhD, Assistant Professor, San Diego

Rajeswari Natrajan-Tyagi, PhD, Associate Professor and Site Director, Irvine

Sesan Negash, PhD, Assistant Professor, San Diego

Alba Nino, PhD, Assistant Professor, San Diego

Jason Platt, PhD, Associate Professor and Program Director, MA International Counseling Psychology

Karen Quek, PhD, Associate Professor, Irvine

Hye-Sun Ro, PhD, Assistant Professor, Los Angeles

Norma Scarborough, DMFT, Associate Professor and Site Director, Los Angeles

Gita Seshadri, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sacramento

Brandon Silverthorn, PhD, Assistant Professor, Irvine

Linna Wang, PhD, Associate Professor, San Diego and Systemwide Program Director

Scott R. Woolley, PhD, Distinguished Professor, San Diego

For a detailed description of program faculty background and research interests, please see the alphabetical listing of faculty  for the California School of Professional Psychology.

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