Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 43.0
Instructional Delivery: Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.1505
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 21-1013
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Note: Effective Fall 2016, students will no longer be accepted into this program.

About the Program

Drexel University offers a post-master’s program leading to a certificate in couple and family therapy. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The post-master’s certificate in couple and family therapy can be expected to lead towards licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, meets the foundational educational and clinical to become credentialed as an Emotionally Focused Therapist and satisfies the Pre-Clinical Membership requirements for AAMFT.

Clinical Practicum Experience

PMC students are enrolled in practicum for 4 consecutive quarters. Interns generally participate in one practicum site during their tenure in the PMC. All interns must complete a continuous 12-month calendar year at one practicum site prior to graduation. Interns will be expected to spend 20 hours per week working at the approved program practicum site. Scheduling of specific times will be negotiated by the intern, on-site supervisor and CFT Director of Clinical Training. Interns will receive supervision from AAMFT Approved Supervisors/or Equivalent and Credentialed Emotionally Focused Therapist Supervisors. The practicum schedule must not conflict with class schedule. Interns are expected to average 13-15 client contact hours per week in order to achieve the 350 clinical hour requirement by the end of the program. Case loads usually consist of more than 14 clients to ensure that the intern will average 13-15 client contact hours per week.


The curriculum assists students in integrating theory and practice. Issues of race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, religion, age, ability, power, and privilege are addressed throughout the program. Students are fully trained to assume clinical practice in couple and family therapy. 


Required Courses
Theoretical Foundations
CFTP 501Introduction to Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 503Historical and Sociocultural Influences4.0
Clinical Practice
CFTP 508Structural Family Therapy4.0
Individual Development and Family Relations
CFTP 520Family Life Cycle4.0
Professional Identity and Ethics
CFTP 522Legal and Ethical Implications in Couple and Family Therapy Practice4.0
CFTP 525Research in Couple and Family Therapy4.0
Required Additional Learning
CFTP 526Person of the Therapist Experience I2.0
CFTP 527Person of the Therapist Experience II2.0
CFTP 753Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy 4.0
CFTP 754Core Skills in Emotionally Focused Therapy4.0
Bowen Theory
Contextual Theory and Therapy
Collaborative Approaches
Couples Therapy
Sex Therapy
Object Relations Theory
Behavioral Models of Family Therapy
Addictions in The Family
Medical Family Therapy
Family Violence
Nosology & Couple and Family Therapy Practice
CFTP 530Clinical Practicum/Supervision I2.0
CFTP 531Clinical Practicum/Supervision II2.0
CFTP 532Clinical Practicum/Supervision III2.0
CFTP 533Clinical Practicum/Supervision IV1.0
Total Credits43.0

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