Doctoral programs in psychology offer varying levels of training in couple and family therapy.

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Doctoral programs in psychology offer varying levels of training in couple and family therapy. APA’s (Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology [CRSPPP], 2012) Education and Training Guidelines provides a helpful taxonomy for categorizing specialized training:

  • Exposure: doctoral programs that offer one to two courses in couple and family psychology.
  • Experience: doctoral programs that offer one to two courses, as well as a practicum in couple and family psychology.
  • Emphasis: doctoral programs that offer at least four courses and two practica in couple and family psychology.
  • Major area of study: doctoral programs that offer two to three years of didactics, supervised practica and a dissertation/research project in couple and family psychology.

Doctoral psychology programs that offer training in couples and/or family therapy are listed below by region and state. This data was aggregated from a review of program websites.

NortheastNortheast region

New England
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

Mid-Atlantic
New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

MidwestMidwest

East North Central
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin

West North Central 
Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota

WestWest

Mountain 
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

Pacific 
Alaska, California, Hawai’i, Oregon and Washington

SouthSouth

East South Central
Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee

West South Central 
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas

South Atlantic 
Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia and West Virginia

U.S. Territories U.S. Territories

American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

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