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Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy with a Concentration in Creative Systemic Studies (Ph.D.)

This theoretically oriented Ph.D. degree is uniquely beneficial for clinicians, counselors, coaches, clergy, healers, educators, scholars, and artists who are already proficient in a practical discipline and desire deeper study of the performance contexts that advance the creative practices of the transformative arts.The program’s faculty and associates comprise a renowned group of scholars, practitioners, and artists. Coursework spans across academic disciplines and fields of practice and aims to study and contribute to the ways creativity helps awaken systemic processes of transformation.

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What is Creative Systemic Studies?

The creative systemic studies doctoral program is inspired by the cybernetic ideas and pragmatic practices that underlie the origin of systemic family therapy, using them to explore diverse contexts of change. The program consists of 60 semester units (two years of full-time coursework) plus a dissertation. Courses go beyond disciplinary limitations and are informed by a wide range of academic interests and practices, including the humanities and performing arts. Students will learn strategies of relevant qualitative research, especially those methods that highlight transformative process with a communication and performance emphasis.

Featuring a Theoretical (Non-Clinical) Program

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.

Our Learning Approach

While it is expected that students will be self-motivated and able to work independently, they receive advisory support throughout the program. Students will work together in a cohort, creating a learning community in which transformative skills and expressive performance are developed and possibilities for collaboration are encouraged. All courses are seminar-style where individuals are expected to participate in conversations relevant to course content and its application to lived experience. The program values the circular interaction between theory and practice and the importance of fostering transformation inside and outside the classroom.

For more information about the curriculum for this program please visit ULM’s Graduate Catalog