Certificate in Medical Family Therapy
Program Director: Jackie Williams-Reade, PhD, LMFT
Welcome to the Loma Linda University's Medical Family Therapy homepage. As program director, I welcome you to search our site where you will find out about our specialized classes and exciting internship placements. The MedFT training program offers training and clinical experience in addressing the physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational needs of patients in medical settings. Our program consists of both a doctoral level concentration called "Families, Systems, and Health" available to students currently enrolled at Loma Linda University as well as a post-Master's certificate in Medical Family Therapy that can be completed in less than one-year. Both options are designed to promote the field of Medical Family Therapy through clinical training, research, and teaching. Students in the Medical Family Therapy certificate program are comprised of both Master's and Doctoral-level MFT students as well as other disciplines such as psychology, family studies, and social work.
Our training and supervision program engages students in using a relational and systemic perspective when working with patients and family members in the healthcare field. Through the biopsychosocial-spiritual approach, we aim to provide collaborative, patient and family-centered care across a variety of medical settings. We provide didactic training and clinical supervision in a variety of medical settings including: primary care (FQHC), acute medical trauma inpatient units, chaplaincy, adult oncology, pediatric outpatient services, and more. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with medical professionals and other mental health disciplines.
Thank you for visiting us, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
Jackie Williams-Reade, PhD, LMFT
The Medical Family Therapy Program is consistent with Loma Linda University’s vision of transforming lives through whole person health care. The mission of the program is to support health, healing, and relational wholeness through education, research, clinical training, and community service. The Medical Family Therapy Program accomplishes this through addressing relational concerns, spiritual beliefs and practices, contextual elements such as socioeconomic status and ethnicity, and disease and healing processes of patients and their families.
Families, Systems, and Health Concentration
The Families, Systems and Health concentration is offered by the School of Behavioral Health through the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences. As a doctoral candidate students are required to select a concentration in an area of their interest, the Families, Systems and Health 12-unit concentration fulfills doctoral concentration requirements and offers students both didactic and clinical training (if desired) in systemic therapeutic interventions to address the physical, emotional, spiritual and relational needs of patients in medical settings.
Medical Family Therapy Post-Master's CertificateStudents interested in the Families, Systems and Health Concentration should contact the Program Director in order to register for course offerings and discuss potential clinical placement opportunities. Courses must be taken in order and concurrently with MedFT clinical internship placements. Students must declare their chosen concentration by submitting a concentration approval form preferably by the end of the first year of study.
The Medical Family Therapy certificate is offered by the School of Behavioral Health through the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences. Through formalized didactic and clinical training, students learn to provide systemic therapeutic interventions to address the physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational needs of patients in medical settings. Through learning and applying a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach, students in the medical family therapy certificate program work as behavioral health interns in medical settings providing care to patients and family members dealing with chronic and critical illness, providing support to medical team members, and enhancing the whole patient system.
Financial Aid Notice: Due to recent changes in federal regulations, the post-master's Medical Family Therapy certificate is not eligible for financial aid unless a student is concurrently enrolled in a full-time academic graduate program at Loma Linda University. If needed, private loans may be used to cover tuition and fees.
Applicants to the certificate program in Medical Family Therapy must meet the School of Behavioral Health admission requirements as outlined in the Loma Linda University Catalog and give evidence of academic ability, professional comportment and mature judgment.
Doctoral Students Pursuing Medical Family Therapy Certificate: Students are required to apply and be accepted into the MedFT Certificate prior to taking the medical family therapy classes.
Additional admission requirements include:
- Master’s degree in marital and family therapy or closely related field from an accredited institution
- Courses with the following core content (include syllabi with application): Psychopharmacology, Child Abuse and Family Violence, Family Theories, Human Development across the Lifespan.
- 500 documented supervised clinical hours with children, families, and adults
- Up to 6 credits may be transferred into the certificate program with the consent of the Program Director.
- Individuals who are only interested in the certificate program must apply to the university and provide all required materials including transcripts, proof of clinical work, syllabi for prerequisite courses, three letters of recommendation, etc.
- Students enrolled in the PhD in MFT or the DMFT at LLU may take the certificate concurrently as part of their degree requirements. Completion of the certificate will require students to enroll in certificate courses in lieu of their required electives for their respective degrees. See doctoral program requirements for further details.
*DMFT/PhD in MFT students are encouraged to apply for the certificate no later than the beginning of the second year of their doctoral studies.
Medical Family Therapy Certificate Required Courses and Schedule
(Days and times are subject to change.)
MFTH 540: Introduction to Medical Family Therapy (3)
Thursdays 4:00 – 6:50 pm
MFTH 544: Health & Illness in Families (3)
Thursdays 5:00 – 7:50 pm
MFTH 534: Family Therapy & Medicine (3)
Thursdays 1:00 – 3:50 pm
MFTH 541: Medical Family Therapy Seminar 1(1)
Thursday 2:00 – 2:50 pm
MFTH 541: Medical Family Therapy Seminar 2 (1)
Tuesdays 12:00 – 1:50 pm
MFTH 541: Medical Family Therapy Seminar 3 (1)
MFTH 506: Clinical 1 – Systemic Foundations for Practice (3)
Thursdays 9:00 – 11:50 am
MFTH 507: Clinical 2 - Social Constructionism and Postmodern Practice (3)
Tuesday 5:00 – 7:50 pm
MFTH 508: Clinical 3 - Larger & Multiple systems in Clinical Practice (3)
Tuesdays 3:00 – 5:50 pm
* RELE 564: Ethics and Health Disparities (3) (typically available all quarters)
MFTH 786B Clinical Training (4)
*Elective (3) (must be approved by MedFT Program Director; can be taken any quarter)
MFTH 786B Clinical Training (4)
Medical Family Therapy Clinical Internships
The MedFT program includes a concentration in Families, Systems, and Health and a post-master’s MedFT Certificate. This training program supports the health, healing, and relational wholeness of patients and family members in the medical setting. We collaborate with medical team members and seek to influence patient medical treatment in meaningful ways by providing a systemic lens from which to enhance understanding and improve the patient and family experience. Through participating in this program, you will receive didactic training and supervision of your clinical work in medical settings.
We have several Medical Family Therapy internship opportunities that span the continuum of collaborative and integrated care. Below you will find a list of our placement sites and brief description.
- Psychiatry consult & liaison, LLU Medical Center
- Loma Linda Transplantation Center (kidney and liver)
- SACHS-Norton Primary Care, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Behavioral Health
- Adult Cancer Institute
- Chaplaincy Program
- Pediatric Patients with Complex Medical Conditions
Additional opportunities are available to suit your particular interests and passions.
- Registered Intern with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
- Enrolled in MedFT certificate or Families, Systems & Health Concentration
- Have taken or are currently taking the MFTH 540: Introduction to Medical Family Therapy
- Able to commit to a minimum of 10-hours per week for 9-12 months at placement site
- Successfully complete an interview with Dr. Williams-Reade
- Note: Not all internship sites are paid.
- Students enrolled in the MedFT certificate are required to complete a MedFT internship and are given priority in terms of placements.
Examples of Current Sites:
LLU Medical Center, Psychiatry Consult & Liaison
This placement encompasses various role demands that include brief interventions (typically between 20 and 40 minutes) that occur on a one-time or ongoing basis, consultation with psychiatry residents, advocating for patients’ needs and requests, providing referrals, and modeling therapeutic interventions to psychiatry residents in training. Our patient population typically includes acute issues such as organ failure, complications related to surgery, amputation, cancer, domestic violence, motor vehicle accident, suicide attempt, and other acute needs. We work alongside psychiatry residents to facilitate patients and family members coping with various illness-related stressors. We assist patients with processing their illness experience and its impact on relationships, overall care received while in the hospital setting, and issues of identity both in and outside of the hospital. At LLUMC, you will be asked to provide two days of service in addition to being present at Wednesday morning rounds from 8:00 am -11:00 am.
Loma Linda University Medical Center Transplantation Institute
This placement encompasses various role demands that may include brief intervention that occurs on a one-time or ongoing basis, consultation with referring social workers, and advocating for patients’ needs and requests. Our patient population typically includes patients who are being considered for or have received a kidney or liver transplant. We receive referrals from social workers to help assess patients’ psychosocial functioning and readiness for transplant, address various illness-related stressors, and successfully navigate the transplant process. At the Transplant Institute, you will be asked to provide one full day of service, or two part days. This equates to about 8 hours of face-to-face client contact and attendance at regular staff meetings.
SACHS Primary Care, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Behavioral Health
This placement encompasses various role demands that include brief interventions (10-20 minutes) that occur on a one-time or ongoing basis, consultation with referring medical team members, and advocating for patients’ needs and requests. Our role is to work alongside medical team members to provide integrated behavioral healthcare. Our patient population typically includes chronic diseases such as: heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc. We provide brief, solution-focused interventions. At SACHS you will be asked to provide 10 hours of service per week. This can be broken up into various increments depending on SACHS needs and your schedule. Please keep in mind that SACHS is closed on Fridays.
*Descriptions of additional sites available by contacting Dr. Williams-Reade.
Jackie Williams-Reade, PhD, LMFT
Phone (909) 558-4547 x47025