Couple and Family Therapy

Doctor of Philosophy: 82.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The PhD program in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) aims to develop the next generation of couple and family therapy scholars with a particular focus on research related to family based psychotherapy, families and health and health disparities. Students are trained to advance the knowledge base of couple and family therapy through education, research and clinical services with a particular emphasis on evidenced informed treatment modalities.

Graduates of the Couple and Family Therapy PhD program will serve as researchers in public and private institutions, faculty in graduate programs of couple and family therapy, psychology, social work or medical schools, and as clinicians in mental health agencies or private practice.

The PhD program in Couple and Family Therapy is rooted in relational and systems theories and therapies. Emphasis is on specialized training in couple and family therapy theories such as Attachment-based Family Therapy and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy and Medical Family Therapy approaches. Students are expected to demonstrate critical and analytical thinking with respect to the broad areas of systems theory and therapy, and have a primary interest in research and scholarship. The Couple and Family Therapy Department is committed to attracting minority scholars as well as training students to be aware and sensitive to contextual issues such as race, class, gender, spirituality and sexual orientation, as well as power and privilege. 

For additional information about the PhD in Couple and Family Therapy, visit the program's Couple and Family Therapy web site.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete the standard curriculum in couple and family therapy before pursuing the doctoral curriculum. The standard curriculum is offered in the COAMFTE- accredited Master of Family Therapy and Post-Master's Certificate programs at the University. A minimum of 82.0 post-master’s quarter hours are required for the PhD program.

The curriculum includes study in the following areas:

  • Theory and research in couple and family therapy
  • Research methodology, including statistics, research design, and computer applications
  • Specialized instruction in couple and family therapy
  • Attachment-based Family Therapy, diverse family structures, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Medical Family Therapy, Forensic Family Therapy
  • Supervised clinical experience
  • Supervision of supervision
Required Courses
CFTP 713Introduction to CFT Clinical Research 3.0
CFTP 729Diverse Families and Communities: Intervention Strategies 3.0
CFTP 734Supervision in Couple and Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 735Family Healthcare Policy3.0
CFTP 751Special Topics in Couple and Family Therapy4.0-8.0
CFTP 757Attachment, Emotions and Psychotherapy3.0
CFTP 758Dyadic Analysis and Longitudinal Causal Modeling in CFT3.0
CFTP 759Psychotherapy Outcome and Process Research 3.0
CFTP 760Teaching Practicum 2.0
ARTS
ARTS 714Research Methods III: Qualitative Methods3.0
NHP
NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
RSCH
RSCH 770Foundations in Research Methods3.0
RSCH 813Measurement Theory in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 812Interpretation of Data3.0
RSCH 759Foundations of Biostatistics3.0
Clinical Training 10.0-11.0
Select Three of The Following Courses
Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy
Core Skills in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Introduction to Attachment-based Family Therapy
ABFT Core Skills Advanced Course
Dissertation * 4.0-109.0
Complete Three Courses Below
Couple and Family Therapy Internship
Couple and Family Therapy Dissertation
Couple and Family Therapy Dissertation Defense
Additional Course (Elective)3.0
Students select an additional elective courses ( Students may choose to go outside of the program to meet this requirement, provided each course is at least 4.0 credits and at the doctoral level of sophistication or they may select one of the following courses. )
Total Credits56.0-130.0

*

Internship (course 801): Students are required to do at least three quarter of internship hours during the 4th year of the program. They have to sign up for nine credits per quarter to cover this activity. Most internships will be done in 3 quarters (27 credits) but we will set this expectation that the internship will be completed after 4 quarters (36 credits) to give the student some flexibility.

Dissertation (course 802):  Students should begin their dissertation in year three of the program. We expect this project will take four quarters (36 credits).  For each of those quarters the student has to sign up for 9 credits per quarter of 802. If the project takes longer than four quarters, the student can continue to sign up for nine credits of 802 each quarter.  We anticipated however that all students will be done with their dissertation after 8 quarters (2 years or 72 credits).

Dissertation Defense (803): When a student is done with their dissertation they need to defend it.  To sign up for defense, a student needs to pay for one credit of dissertation defense course. 


Students must be actively engaged in clinical practice throughout the program. Before graduating from the PhD program, all students must have completed 1,000 hours of direct client contact equivalent to that which is offered in a COAMFTE accredited program. Any student who can document that his or her previous supervised clinical practice is comparable to that which would be received in a COAMFTE accredited program may petition the program to waive some or all of the required 1,000 direct client contact hours. Students must defend their dissertation prior to beginning internship.  

Internship
All students are required to do an internship. Internship supervisors must be clearly senior in experience to the student intern. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with a supervised full-time clinical, research, academic or administrative experience of at least nine months duration. Clinical and alternate internships must emphasize relationally focused practice and research. For the clinical internship, it is to insure that students meet the 1,000 direct client contact hour standard.  

Students should contact the Couple and Family Therapy Department for additional information about the qualifying exam and the dissertation.

Courses

CFTP 500 Introduction to Systems Theory 4.0 Credits

This course will present an overview of systems theory, particularly general systems theory and cybernetics. This course will include a critique of system theory from a feminist and cross-cultural perspective.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 501 Introduction to Family Therapy 4.0 Credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to major family therapy theories and their relationship to general systems theory and cybernetics.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 502 Introduction to Family Therapy II 3.0 Credits

This course will include contemporary and evidence based family therapy models. Students must have successfully completed Systems Theory and Introduction to Family Therapy I prior to enrolling in this course.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX or major is FATX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 501 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 500 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 503 Historical and Sociocultural Influences 4.0 Credits

This course will introduce students to an examination of the family in a broader social cultural context. This class will explore how sociocultural concepts define and affect social, interpersonal and professional interactions.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.

CFTP 504 Sociocultural Influences II 3.0 Credits

This course will teach students how to develop culturally competent couple and family therapy models. Special attention to issues of power, privilege and oppression will be infused throughout the course. Students must successfully complete Sociocultural Influences I prior to enrolling in this course.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 503 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 505 Bowen Theory 4.0 Credits

This course offers a brief review of the history and development of the life work of Murray Bowen, M.D., an overview of the resulting theory of human behavior, Bowen Theory, and use of its interactive components in clinical, research and organizational applications.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 506 Contextual Theory and Therapy 4.0 Credits

This course introduces students to present the basic tenets of Contextual Therapy and Clinical applications.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 507 Collaborative Approaches 4.0 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of postmodern theoretical trends in the family therapy field.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 508 Structural Family Therapy 4.0 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the practice and principles of Structural Family Therapy. This course will identify interventions related to structural theory and person of the therapist.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 509 Couples Therapy 4.0 Credits

This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of couple therapy. Couple theories, research, clinical practice and techniques will be studies and critiqued.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 510 Sex Therapy 4.0 Credits

This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of sex therapy. Sexual disorders and sexuality will be addressed from the perspective of the individual, couple and family or origin.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 509 [Min Grade: C] (Can be taken Concurrently)

CFTP 511 Object Relations Theory 4.0 Credits

The focus of this course is to understand Object Relations Theory, and its application to the treatment of individuals, couples and families.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 512 Behavioral Models of Family Therapy 4.0 Credits

This course introduces the basic behavioral approaches to Couple and Family Therapy. It includes an exposure to Behavioral Marital, Cognitive-Behavioral, Behavioral Family Therapy applications.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 513 DSM I: Adult Psychopathology 3.0 Credits

This is a survey of the major categories of adult psychopathological disturbance in the DSM-TR classification system. This course emphasizes the dynamics of diagnosis and biological treatment in relational therapy.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.

CFTP 514 DSM II: Child Psychopathology 3.0 Credits

This is a survey of the major categories of child psychopathological disturbances in the DSM-TR classification system. This course emphasizes the dynamics of diagnosis and biological treatments in relational therapy.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CFTP 513 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 515 Introduction to Psychopharmacology 4.0 Credits

This course is designed to present a history and the most current trends in biological treatments in psychiatric disorders. While it focuses on biological treatments the students concurrently will be exposed to historical and contemporary trends in the philosophy and practice of psychopharmacology in the profession.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 516 Addictions I: The Addictive Process 3.0 Credits

The process of addiction will be examined in the context of the family and the larger social system. Process addictions such as sex, gambling, food, exercise, spending and shopping will be covered in this course.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 517 Addictions in The Family 4.0 Credits

The process of addiction will be examined in the context of the family and the larger social system. A wide exposure to theory and treatment models will be utilized to aid students' assessment and intervention skills in treating families with substance abuse issues.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.

CFTP 518 Medical Family Therapy 4.0 Credits

This course is designed to prepare family therapists and other health professionals to work collaboratively in addressing the unique psychosocial problems of individuals, couples and families with acute and chronic medically related concerns.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.

CFTP 519 Family Violence 4.0 Credits

This course will introduce students to research and practice of partner violence in the field of couple and family therapy.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 520 Family Life Cycle 4.0 Credits

This course integrates the interface of individual development with the social structure of coupling and family in family life cycle framework.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.

CFTP 521 Human Development 4.0 Credits

This course will introduce students to the foundations of human development. It is designed to engage students in discussions of both traditional and contemporary human development models.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.

CFTP 522 Legal and Ethical Implications in Couple and Family Therapy Practice 4.0 Credits

This course will introduce students to ethical and legal issues that may arise in couple and family therapy treatment including confidentiality and its limits, record keeping, custody cases, abuse, privilege, licensure and informed consent.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.

CFTP 523 Legal and Ethical Implications in Couple and Family Therapy Practice II 3.0 Credits

This course is a continuation of Legal and Ethical Implications I. Students must successfully complete Legal and Ethical Implications I prior to enrolling in this course.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 522 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 524 Research I: Family Evaluation 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on issues in the clinical assessment of individuals, couples, and families. Assessment will be considered through a multi-method approach that includes: qualitative interview, observational, clinician-rated or global rating scales, and self report inventories.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.

CFTP 525 Research in Couple and Family Therapy 4.0 Credits

This course focuses on research methods for couple and family therapy, and is designed to review contemporary family research methods through a multi-method approach. Issues in the clinical assessment of individuals, couples, and families will be explored from diverse contextual variables.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.

CFTP 526 Person of the Therapist Experience I 2.0 Credits

Students will use the Person of the Therapist Training Model to actively explore self of the therapist development. This course is designed to help students develop an awareness of the self within one's own family of origin.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 530 [Min Grade: C] (Can be taken Concurrently)

CFTP 527 Person of the Therapist Experience II 2.0 Credits

This course is a continuation of Therapist Experience I: Person of the Therapist Training. Students will use the Person of the Therapist Training Model to actively explore self of the therapist development.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 531 [Min Grade: C] (Can be taken Concurrently)CFTP 526 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 528 Person of the Therapist Experience III 2.0 Credits

This course is a continuation of Therapist Experience I & II: Person of the Therapist Training. Students will use the Person of the Therapist Training Model to actively explore self of the therapist development.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 532 [Min Grade: C] (Can be taken Concurrently)CFTP 526 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 527 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 529 Family Policy 4.0 Credits

The purpose of this course is to enhance student's awareness of policies that affect families in society. It will focus on policy development and process, and the role of policy in addressing family problems. Critical issues in family policy, particularly as it relates to diverse family structures and culture will also be explored.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 530 Practicum I 2.0 Credits

The purpose of first year Practicum is for the student to develop foundational skills necessary for the practice of couple and family therapy.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.

CFTP 531 Practicum II 2.0 Credits

The purpose of first year Practicum is for the student to develop foundational skills necessary for the practice of couple and family therapy.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 530 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 532 Practicum III 2.0 Credits

The purpose of first year Practicum is for the student to develop foundational skills necessary for the practice of couple and family therapy.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 531 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 533 Practicum IV 1.0 Credit

The purpose of first year Practicum is for the student to show integration of theory and practice, develop their own style of practice and globally demonstrate comfort and competency in the role and functions of a couple and family therapist.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX or major is FATX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 532 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 534 Practicum V 2.0 Credits

The purpose of the second year Practicum is for the student to show integration of theory and practice, develop their own style of practice, and globally demonstrate comfort and competency in the role and functions of a couple and family therapist.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 533 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 535 Practicum VI 2.0 Credits

The purpose of the second year Practicum is for the student to show integration of theory and practice, develop their own style of practice, and globally demonstrate comfort and competency in the role and functions of a couple and family therapist.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 534 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 536 Practicum VII 2.0 Credits

The purpose of the second year Practicum is for the student to show integration of theory and practice, develop their own style of practice, and globally demonstrate comfort and competency in the role and functions of a couple and family therapist.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CCFT or major is CFTX or major is FATX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 535 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 537 Nosology & Couple and Family Therapy Practice 4.0 Credits

This course focuses on the principles of individual diagnosis of mental illness as defined in DSM IV and the implications for relational theory.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 711 Research I: Conceptual Basis 3.0 Credits

Identification of the theoretical basis for family systems research. Ethical and social context issues in family system research. Conceptual structure of the research process and description.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 712 Family Theory 3.0 Credits

Comparative analysis of major theories of family life and development, including social context issues involved in the assessment and understanding of family interaction.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 713 Introduction to CFT Clinical Research 3.0 Credits

This course provides an overview of seminal and current couple and family therapy clinical research. This course will review debates around the value, training and dissemination of empirically supported treatments and philosophical underpinnings of the scientific enterprise. We will also examine research from the perspective of culture, race and gender and how these sociopolitical issues impact the interpretation of science. The significance of the research process and empirical evidence to couple and family therapy practice will be explored, with reference to “common factors” and evidence-based research.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 714 Professional Development Seminar I 2.0 Credits

Self of the therapist and issues in the development of Ph.D.-level professionals. Identification of program, college, and university academic resources. Identification of professional organizations.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 715 Quantitative Methods 4.0 Credits

Identification of various strategies for utilizing quantitative research methodology in family studies, including difference in research design, sampling, instruments, and data collection.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 716 Advanced Family Therapy Theory and Practice 3.0 Credits

Advanced comparative analysis of historical and contemporary approaches to family therapy theory and their practical application, with particular reference to social context implications.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 712 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 717 Couple and Family Therapy Assessment and Diagnosis 3.0 Credits

Introduction to the theory and development of instruments designed to assess relational functioning of couples and families, including research evidence and social context implications.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 718 Professional Development Seminar II 2.0 Credits

Self of the therapist and issues in the development of Ph.D.-level professionals. Preparation of presentations and publications for submission to professional conferences and journals.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 714 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 719 Qualitative Methods 4.0 Credits

Identification of various strategies for utilizing qualitative research methodology in family studies, including differences in research design, sampling, and data collection.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 720 Couple Therapy Theory & Practice 3.0 Credits

Advanced comparative analysis of historical and contemporary approaches to couple therapy theory and their practical application, with particular reference to social context implications.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 712 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 721 Critical Theory in Couple and Family Therapy 3.0 Credits

Comparative analysis of postmodern critical theories (e.g., critical race theory, feminist theory, queer theory) of family interaction and development.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 712 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 722 Professional Development Seminar III 2.0 Credits

Self of the therapist and issues in the development of Ph.D.-level professionals. Teaching couple and family therapy.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 714 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 718 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 724 Multicultural Approach to Couple and Family Therapy 4.0 Credits

Develops cultural awareness and competency in working with families around issues if race and class.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 725 Trauma and Families 4.0 Credits

Assessment of the impact of both acute and chronic trauma on family members and the response of the family system. Both internal trauma (domestic violence) and external trauma investigated.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 726 Professional Development Seminar IV 2.0 Credits

Self of the therapist and issues in the development of Ph.D.-level professionals. Understanding academia, and the tenure process.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 714 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 718 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 722 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 728 Research V: Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis 3.0 Credits

Understanding and using software for qualitative data analysis in family studies. Subjects covered related to current or proposed student projects.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 711 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 715 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 719 [Min Grade: C] and RHAB 759 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 729 Diverse Families and Communities: Intervention Strategies 3.0 Credits

This course will increase student’s knowledge about social context impact clinical interventions and clinical research. Students will examine the importance of research with culturally diverse populations and consider how contextual issues influence CFT clinical practice and research. Specifically, students will examine how contextual variables such as gender, class, sexual orientation, immigration, religion, race, ethnicity, and are considered in the context of clinical practice and research.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 730 Gender and Sexual Orientation 4.0 Credits

This course covers gender and sexual orientation with special attention given to the intersection of race, class, culture, ethnicity, religion, age, and ability.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 731 Professional Development Seminar V 2.0 Credits

Self of the Therapist issues in the development of Ph.D.-level professionals. Understanding the grant writing process.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 714 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 718 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 722 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 726 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 732 Advanced Quantitative Research Design 4.0 Credits

The development of a research proposal, utilizing principally a quantitative methodology.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 716 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 733 Advanced Qualitative Research Design 4.0 Credits

The development of a research proposal, utilizing principally a qualitative methodology.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 719 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 734 Supervision in Couple and Family Therapy 4.0 Credits

Preparation for supervising trainees in couple and family therapy, from a systemic perspective. Exploration of supervision models and modalities; development of a personal model of supervision.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 735 Family Healthcare Policy 3.0 Credits

This course examines historical and contemporary trends in family healthcare policy, emphasizing healthcare disparities and the socio-political implications for families in different social positions while examining the intervene role of family therapy in larger eco-systemic issues. Furthermore, this course will explore individual and family health, specifically across the contexts of gender, race, and class. Factors influencing health policy (e.g., politics, media, interests groups, religion, think tanks) will additionally be explored, along with health disparities and health equality in the American health care system.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 736 Professional Development Seminar VI 2.0 Credits

Self of the therapist issues in the development in Ph.D.-level professionals. Ethics in CFT supervision and teaching.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.
Prerequisites: CFTP 714 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 718 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 722 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 726 [Min Grade: C] and CFTP 731 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 741 Religion, Spirituality and Couple and Family Therapy 4.0 Credits

Examines the organizing influence of personal belief system for both the therapist and family. The role of religious practices and differences between therapist and family investigated.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 742 Couples Sexual Therapy 3.0 Credits

Explores the definition of "normal" sexual functioning, and the assessment and treatment of sexual dysfunction in couples therapy.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 751 Special Topics in Couple and Family Therapy 4.0-8.0 Credits

Special topics may be offered when several students share an interest in a particular subject matter related to couple and family therapy. This course may be repeated for a maximum of eight (8) credits.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 8 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 752 Independent Study in Couple and Family Therapy 4.0-8.0 Credits

Independent opportunities for scholarly research may be offered to individual students who wish to pursue a particular subject related to couple and family therapy in greater depth than other courses provide.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 8 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 753 Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy 4.0 Credits

Students will examine, apply, and critically analyze the theoretical underpinnings of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). This course is designed to help students conceptualize couples distress from an attachment perspective, assist them identifying ways to help partners reprocess emotional responses that maintain couple distress, shape key new interactions and bonding events, and overcome therapeutic impasses. The organization of the course includes observation of live therapy sessions, presentations of theoretical and clinical techniques, skills training exercises, and case consultation. This course follows the guideline of Externship in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy as part of training requirements for EFT certification.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 754 Core Skills in Emotionally Focused Therapy 4.0 Credits

Students will expand the breadth of knowledge and clinical skills developed in the EFT introductory course through didactic learning, theoretic presentation, and clinical supervision of live or videotaped therapy sessions. This course consists of small groups (approx. 12-16 people) learning the skills essential to the practice of EFT. Students are required to have completed Intro to EFT or an EFT externship and be willing to present their own work through audio/videotape presentation. The organization of the course includes observation of live therapy sessions, presentations of theoretical and clinical techniques, skills training exercises, and case consultation. This course follows the guideline of Externship in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy as part of training requirements for EFT certification.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CFTP 753 [Min Grade: B]

CFTP 755 Introduction to Attachment-based Family Therapy 3.0 Credits

Students will examine and critically analyze the theoretical underpinnings and clinical structure of Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT). We will use readings, lecture, recordings of therapy, and role play to understand how this empirically supported therapy model unfolds over the course of treatment. How to use attachment theory, emotion regulation, trauma resolution and behavioral change as key therapeutic mechanism of change will be examined and applied. This course should provide the basic foundation for applying this model to work with trouble adolescents.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 6 credits

CFTP 756 ABFT Core Skills Advanced Course 3.0 Credits

Students will expand the breadth of knowledge and clinical skills developed in the ABFT introductory course through didactic learning, theoretic presentation, and clinical supervision of live or videotaped therapy sessions. Building on the introductory ABFT course (755) students will learn more advanced ABFT theory and technique. Students will simultaneously see ABFT appropriate patients in the student outpatient clinic at 3020 Market Street. Course activities include observation of live therapy sessions, presentations of theory and clinical techniques, skills training exercises, and case consultation. This course follows the guidelines of Advanced Core Skills Training in Attachment-Based Family Therapy as part of training requirements for ABFT certification.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CFTP 755 [Min Grade: C]

CFTP 759 Psychotherapy Outcome and Process Research 3.0 Credits

This course examines the methodological foundations of psychotherapy outcome and process research, specifically related to family based interventions. The course will define and demonstrate methods pertaining to efficacy, effectiveness, and dissemination/implementation science. The course will focus sample selection, sample size and statistical power, assessment, random assignment, study design, comparison groups, and treatment fidelity. The first five weeks focus will focus on randomized clinical trials; the second five weeks will focus on processes research.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CFTP 801 Couple and Family Therapy Internship 1.0-20.0 Credit

Provides an advanced one-year full time supervised placement in a clinical, research, administrative or academic setting, as determined by the program director and student.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 5 times for 20 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 802 Couple and Family Therapy Dissertation 1.0-20.0 Credit

Supervised research, including establishing a topic directly related to family functioning or family therapy; developing a research question and methodology for investigating it, collecting, processing, and analyzing the data; and writing a scholarly description of the research project.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 5 times for 20 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 803 Couple and Family Therapy Dissertation Defense 1.0 Credit

The student should enroll for this only in the anticipated final quarter of enrollment, after all other credits for the PhD have been satisfied. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six (6) credits.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 3 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

CFTP 804 Registered for Degree Only 1.0 Credit

The student should enroll for this only in the anticipated final quarter of enrollment, after all other credits for the PhD have been satisfied. This course may be repeated for a maximum of two credits.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 2 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is CFTX.

Couple and Family Therapy Faculty

Stephanie Brooks, PhD, LCSW, LMFT (Drexel University) Department Chair and Director, Post-Master’s & Medical Family Therapy Certificate Programs. Associate Clinical Professor. Forensic family therapy, couple and family therapy supervision and training, person of the therapist, racism and stress and couples living with ADHD.
Maureen Davey, MFT, PhD, LMFT (Syracuse University). Associate Professor. Development of culturally sensitive family-based interventions for historically under-served populations.
Kenneth Hardy, PhD (Florida State University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Challenging society to think critically about the hidden but significant connections that often exist between trauma and issues of oppression.
Eric Johnson, PhD, MSW, MDiv (Rutgers University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Families of the mentally ill, forensic family therapy, post-divorce mediation.
Marlene F. Watson, PhD, LMFT (Virginia Polytechnic and State University). Associate Professor. Forensic family therapy, siblings, race, class, gender and health policy issues.
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