NCU claims their PhD in MFT is COAMFTE-accredited... but it's not.

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Hadashi no Gen, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. Hadashi no Gen

    Hadashi no Gen New Member

    See the following screen shot of a thread following their advertisement on Facebook. It has been three days since they claimed that the PhD is COAMFTE-accredited (toward the bottom), and so far there has been no clarification.

    Thoughts on this as well as COAMFTE-accreditation at the doctoral level?

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  2. Graves

    Graves Member

    I was the one trying to support them in the thread. lol

    The Ph.D. is NOT COAMFTE accredited, but the Master's program is and practicum is required.
  3. Hadashi no Gen

    Hadashi no Gen New Member

    Yes, their MA does have COAMFTE-accreditation... but their PhD does not. However, they first allude to it being accredited and then state that the PhD definitely is.

    A majority of MFT masters programs are COAMFTE-accredited... and most of the ads for teaching positions that I have seen require instructors to be graduates of COAMFTE-accredited Doc programs.

    Also, some states allow other types of mental health professionals to seek LMFT licensing with a PhD in MFT (for instance, if they already had an MA in Counseling and wanted to have an additional license). If you already have your LMFT license and want a PhD, I am not sure if you can be reimbursed more by insurance since I do know that Medicaid reimbursement rates are pretty concrete for LMFTs, LMHC/LPCs, and LICSWs.

    Hence my question about it being accredited. What good would a PhD in MFT be if you a.) have difficulty teaching with it and b.) are not able to use it to advance your clinical profession? NCU at least seems to want their potential customers to think this program has a connection with COAMFTE.
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  4. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I know zilch about marriage and family therapy - except what I may have learned from one failed marriage - and that was 36 years ago - I'm well over it! :smile: Never been to NCU either. So what good am I?

    I CAN read a website - yeah, like crazy. Here's what I read on the NCU website:

    "The MAMFT program at Northcentral is accredited by COAMFTE, but the doctoral degree is not currently COAMFTE accredited (application for accreditation will be submitted in 2014)"

    It's here: Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program Handbook

    Nowhere could I find them saying that the Doctoral program is COAMFTE accredited. I did, however, see the COAMFTE logo on some pages that included mention of doctoral programs ... can't deny that.

  5. BlackBird

    BlackBird Member

    Insurance companies only pay you for your type of license. If you have any legitimate Masters level license and yet have a doctorate that is academic/non-licensed by the State, you will be paid only for your Masters level license. I am one of those. I have a legitimate Ph.D. in Family Psych and all the insurance companies I take will not pay me doctoral level rates... which is only $5-$10 more on the average.
  6. Hadashi no Gen

    Hadashi no Gen New Member

    Sorry that you misunderstood what I was saying here. If you notice the graphic you will see that the content of the website was referenced, although their advertisement on Facebook claims that the PhD is accredited.

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