Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship

Gain Skills That Can Help Make Your Private Practice a Thriving Reality

Successfully running a marriage and family therapy counseling practice isn’t what most mental health care practitioners learn to do while gaining expertise in their fields. As a result, many gifted therapists and counselors see their dreams of a private practice evaporate. The small business development and entrepreneurship specialization is designed to prepare you to manage the business aspects of a clinical practice, or use your expertise in an entrepreneurial fashion. You will also gain knowledge of organization, marketing, strategic planning and leadership, which will help guide you in developing your future private practice.

The NCU Difference

Northcentral University’s Department of Marriage and Family Sciences offers doctoral, master’s and graduate certificate programs in marriage and family therapy. NCU’s education approach was developed to meet the needs of your busy life and schedule. Ideal for self-starters and independent thinkers who want a premier education with unprecedented flexibility, we use a unique one-to-one learning model that pairs one student with one doctoral professor for each course. With no teaching assistants, you learn directly from experts who provide personal feedback and professional insights. With NCU’s online learning model, there are weekly starts for every program or course. None of our programs have residency requirements, allowing flexible access to you no matter where you live. When you enroll in NCU to earn an advanced degree in marriage and family therapy, you will become part of a community of professionals who are already making a difference around the world.

“Getting a graduate degree is going to take work. It’s not going to be easy. Whether you’re doing a distance program or an onsite program, you’re going to have to put forth the energy and the time. But I think that it’s absolutely worth it.” -Erica London, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (2016)

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
DMFT 60 20 48 months View Course Catalog

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy Learning Outcomes

  • Develop competence in working with diverse populations in academic, clinical, supervision and research settings.
  • Appraise clinical skills and ethical behaviors in systemic therapy and supervision.
  • Produce applied research in the field of marriage and family therapy through independent research.
  • Develop professional expertise in an area of specialization related to the field of marriage and family therapy.

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy Learning Outcomes

  • Model competence in working with diverse populations in academic, clinical, supervision and research settings.
  • Appraise clinical skills and ethical behaviors in systemic therapy and supervision.
  • Create new knowledge in marriage and family therapy through independent research.
  • Develop professional expertise in an area of specialization related to the field of marriage and family therapy.

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Learning Outcomes

  • Employ competence in working with diverse populations in clinical settings.
  • Apply family systems oriented clinical skills across a variety of contexts.
  • Contrast family systems theory oriented models of therapy
  • Formulate a decision-making process for ethical dilemmas congruent with the AAMFT Code of Ethics.

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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