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Creative Systemic Studies

(Ph.D. Concentration)

NOTE:This information is provided as a reference only and is subject to change. Always verify all curriculum information with your faculty advisor or the dean's office. For complete curricular information, see the ULM Course Catalog.



The nonclinical, online concentration in Creative Systemic Studies encourages an interdisciplinary study of therapy, counseling, coaching, consultation, teaching, community work, and other professions concerned with experiential transformation. This unique doctoral concentration, designed by Bradford and Hillary Keeney, is for masters level professionals from a wide array of disciplines who desire a deeper study of the contexts that advance the creative practices of the transformative arts.

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The academic program aims to provide leadership for innovative interdisciplinary scholarship and multicultural expression in the professions concerned with experiential transformation. Moving past traditional academics, it provides a supportive relational learning community that fosters creativity and co-learning.



• The creative art of transformation (circular therapeutics)

• Systemic interactional know-how

• Liberal arts orientation that embraces the humanities and performance arts

• Multicultural approaches to health and well-being

• Diverse forms of scholarship



Please note that this is a nonclinical program, and students will not be eligible for the Marriage and Family Therapist license. It is a creative scholarly program that has no formal relationship with AAMFT, ACA, or APA. This doctorate of philosophy degree in marriage and family therapy with a concentration in creative systemic studies is granted by the University of Louisiana at Monroe, a fully accredited public university that is part of the University of Louisiana System. The curriculum is entirely online and students are encouraged to complete the program in three years, which includes a year of dissertation writing.