Marriage and Family Therapy

Post-Masters Associateship


Randy Christopher, M.A. – Clinical Director

Diane J. Lee, M.A. – Internship Program Director

Stisha Vaughn, M.A. – Off-Site Placement and Contract Coordinator

Doreen Jansen, M. A. – Intake Coordinator

Melissa Volchok, M. A. – Intake Coordinator

Intake Coordinators
Counseling Center
Phillips Graduate University
19900 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Phone 818-386-5615
Fax 818-386-5694



The Modern Therapy Program offers excellent training and supervision for post-masters therapists. Interns in this program see a varied clientele for individual, couple and family therapy. Interns may work from and receive supervision and training in a variety of theoretical models. They are encouraged to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their preferred theoretical orientation while becoming familiar with other models so they will be prepared for a variety of clinical situations. Extensive training is provided in psychosocial assessment, DSM diagnoses and treatment planning.

The Postmodern Therapy Program offers excellent training and supervision for post-masters therapists. Interns in this program see a varied clientele for individual, couple and family therapy. Supervision will focus on the practical applications of Solution Focused, Narrative and Collaborative Language System ideas. Postmodern therapy approaches invite us to see people as resource laden and full of possibility, not pathology. Interns will learn how to engage clients in dialogue that generates meaningful change and more useful life narratives. Throughout the year, interns will learn how to effectively communicate with peers from different theoretical orientations when discussing assessment, DSM diagnosis, treatment planning, documentation and legal and ethical considerations.

All Interns meet on Wednesdays (10AM–3PM) for two hours of in-service training and two hours of modern or postmodern group supervision. Additionally all interns receive one hour of individual supervision.

Clients are seen at our center, residential treatment centers, outpatient facilities, schools, and in other settings as arranged by the Counseling Center. Interns who complete the program working in the counseling center and at selected offsite locations will gain experience in the requirements of working in an agency setting. In addition, emphasis is placed on professional development of interns who plan to include private practice as part of their professional future. Trainings are provided in marketing and building a psychotherapy practice.

Program Director:
Diane Lee, M.A., LMFT
(818) 386-5614, or email dlee@pgu.edu

To download an internship application click here


The School-Based Child Therapy Program has been an ongoing program at the Counseling Center for over 35 years and provides school-based counseling services to local schools. The program specializes in child therapy from different theoretical perspectives such as Behavioral, Cognitive Behavioral, Postmodern, and Humanistic/Existential, within a systemic perspective of the child’s school and family. This program focuses on a collaboration of ideas, lessons and activities which help interns work with children and adolescents, both individually and in groups, through issues that include divorce, grief and loss, anger management, bullying and self-esteem. One component of this program is The Social Skills/Violence Prevention Program, through which therapists provide social skills training to groups of children as well as individual counseling to children and their families. Throughout the year, therapists will be trained in assessment, DSM diagnosis, treatment planning, session note writing, and legal and ethical issues.

Interns meet in the summer on Tuesdays for training (10AM-2PM). In the fall and spring, interns meet on Mondays (2PM-5PM) or (4PM-7PM) for training and group supervision, as well as one six hour day during the week at their assigned school.

This program provides children and family hours for MFT as well as MFT/PPS and MFT/Art Therapy interns.

Openings available: 8-10

Program Director:
Fereshteh Mazdyasni, M.A., LMFT
(818) 386-5676, or email fmazdyasni@pgu.edu

To download an internship application click here