Couple and Family Therapy DCFT

Enrolling for Fall 2018

Major: Couple and Family Therapy
Degree Awarded: Doctor in Couple and Family Therapy (DCFT)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 66.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.1505
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 21-1013

About the Program

The Doctorate in Couple and Family Therapy (DCFT) is an advanced, clinical degree program preparing Couple and Family Therapists interested in assuming leadership roles as administrators, advanced practice clinicians, and educators.  Our goal is to prepare leaders who promote cultural humility and socially just-informed practices and programs by transferring knowledge to practice and policy, evaluating and practicing evidence-informed couple and family therapy approaches, and actively contributing to the ongoing development of the profession.

Full-time students complete the program in 3 years, while a part-time plan of study takes 4.5 years to complete. The curriculum includes courses in theory and practice, health policy, teaching, and research methodologies, and a global opportunity for focused study in couple therapy and sex therapy. Each student must demonstrate an interest in advanced training and work with a faculty member in an area of practice that matches the faculty member’s scholarship.

Admission Requirements

The following minimum criteria will be used for to determine an applicant’s admissibility:

  • Master degree in marriage and family therapy, or equivalent
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Academic transcripts(s)
  • Focused Personal Essay:
    • Reason for applying to the program
    • How the program mission fits with their professional goals
  • No GRE test scores
  • In person and/or virtual interview
  • Three (3) recommendation letters

All applicants will be scored on the following criteria, as it relates to their admission decision:

1. Ability to perform academically
2. Leadership abilities
3. Supervisory abilities
4. Collaboration
5. Commitment to diversity and social justice
6. Commitment to scholarship

Degree Requirements

CFTP 718Professional Development Seminar II2.0
CFTP 720Couple Therapy Theory & Practice3.0
CFTP 721Critical Theory in Couple and Family Therapy3.0
CFTP 724Multicultural Approach to Couple and Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 725Trauma and Families4.0
CFTP 730Gender and Sexual Orientation4.0
CFTP 735Family Healthcare Policy3.0
CFTP 736Professional Development Seminar VI2.0
CFTP 742Couples Sexual Therapy3.0
CFTP 760Teaching Practicum 2.0
CFTP 761Advanced Clinical Practicum/Supervision *6.0
CFTP 770Capstone Project I2.0
CFTP 771Capstone Project II2.0
CFTP 772Capstone Project III2.0
CFTP 801Couple and Family Therapy Internship *9.0
NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
RSCH 714Qualitative Research Methods I3.0
RSCH 759Foundations of Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 770Foundations in Research Methods3.0
Advanced Elective3.0
Total Credits66.0
*

 Taken 3 times.

Sample Plan of Study

Full Time Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
CFTP 718Professional Development Seminar II2.0
CFTP 720Couple Therapy Theory & Practice3.0
RSCH 759Foundations of Biostatistics3.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 2
CFTP 725Trauma and Families4.0
CFTP 742Couples Sexual Therapy3.0
RSCH 770Foundations in Research Methods3.0
 Term Credits10.0
Term 3
CFTP 724Multicultural Approach to Couple and Family Therapy4.0
NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
RSCH 714Qualitative Research Methods I3.0
 Term Credits10.0
Term 4
CFTP 721Critical Theory in Couple and Family Therapy3.0
CFTP 730Gender and Sexual Orientation4.0
CFTP 761Advanced Clinical Practicum/Supervision2.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
CFTP 735Family Healthcare Policy3.0
CFTP 736Professional Development Seminar VI2.0
CFTP 761Advanced Clinical Practicum/Supervision2.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 6
CFTP 760Teaching Practicum 2.0
CFTP 761Advanced Clinical Practicum/Supervision2.0
Advanced Elective3.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 7
CFTP 770Capstone Project I2.0
CFTP 801Couple and Family Therapy Internship3.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 8
CFTP 771Capstone Project II2.0
CFTP 801Couple and Family Therapy Internship3.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 9
CFTP 772Capstone Project III2.0
CFTP 801Couple and Family Therapy Internship3.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 66.0

Part-time Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
CFTP 720Couple Therapy Theory & Practice3.0
RSCH 759Foundations of Biostatistics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
CFTP 742Couples Sexual Therapy3.0
RSCH 770Foundations in Research Methods3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
RSCH 714Qualitative Research Methods I3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
CFTP 718Professional Development Seminar II2.0
CFTP 730Gender and Sexual Orientation4.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
CFTP 725Trauma and Families4.0
CFTP 736Professional Development Seminar VI2.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
CFTP 724Multicultural Approach to Couple and Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 760Teaching Practicum 2.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
CFTP 721Critical Theory in Couple and Family Therapy3.0
CFTP 761Advanced Clinical Practicum/Supervision2.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 8
CFTP 735Family Healthcare Policy3.0
CFTP 761Advanced Clinical Practicum/Supervision2.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 9
CFTP 761Advanced Clinical Practicum/Supervision2.0
Advanced elective3.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 10
CFTP 770Capstone Project I2.0
CFTP 801Couple and Family Therapy Internship3.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 11
CFTP 771Capstone Project II2.0
CFTP 801Couple and Family Therapy Internship3.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 12
CFTP 772Capstone Project III2.0
CFTP 801Couple and Family Therapy Internship3.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 66.0

Couple and Family Therapy Faculty

Stephanie Brooks, PhD, LCSW, LMFT (Drexel University) Associate Dean for Health Professionals, Interim Program Director PhD in Couple and Family Therapy.. Clinical Professor. Forensic family therapy, couple and family therapy supervision and training, person of the therapist, racism and stress, couples living with ADHD, trauma and violence, and sex therapy.
Maureen Davey, MFT, PhD, LMFT (Syracuse University). Associate Professor. Development of culturally sensitive family-based interventions for historically under-served populations.
Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing, PhD, MPH (University of Delaware). Assistant Professor. Promoting healthy emotional development and resilience in children and adolescents, attachment and care-giving relationships, impact of trauma on parenting and attachment, developmental and contextual risk factors for depression and suicide risk in youth, evidence based treatments for depression and suicide risk, research methodology.
Kenneth Hardy, PhD (Florida State University). Professor. Challenging society to think critically about the hidden but significant connections that often exist between trauma and issues of oppression.
Christian Jordal, PhD, LMFT (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) Program Director, Master of Family Therapy; Coordinator of Student Experiential Learning. Associate Clinical Professor. LGBT and mixed orientation relationships, marital commitment, program outcome measurement, sex therapy.
Laura L. Lynch, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Medical family therapy, collaborative and family-centered healthcare, experiences of couples and families coping with chronic illness, resident physician wellness.
Marlene F. Watson, PhD, LMFT (Virginia Polytechnic and State University). Associate Professor. Forensic family therapy, siblings, race, class, gender and health policy issues.
Ebony White, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS (Montclair State). Assistant Clinical Professor. Multicultural Counseling & Development, Adolescents with Behavioral Diagnoses, Supervision & Training.
Erica Wilkins, PhD, MFT (Texas Tech University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Clinical Coordinator. Residual effects of slavery on African Americans, HIV/AIDS, treatment of post-traumatic stress, grief counseling, substance abuse and the family, culturally competent services, and contextual therapy.
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