Couple and Family Therapy DCFT

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 Doctor of 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. The mission 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, teaching pedagogy, policy development, teaching, and research methodologies.

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

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, Health Professions. Associate Clinical Professor. Outcome-based education; supervision and training; African American families; cultural diversity specifically African American families and adolescents; Person of the Therapist training; ADHD and couple therapy; families impacted by addiction; behavioral health and family violence.
Guy Diamond, PhD, MA (California School of Professional Psychology) Director, Center for Family Intervention Science. Associate Professor. Prevention and treatment of adolescent depression and suicide; screening and education in schools, primary care, emergency rooms and health care centers; Attachment-based family therapy; empirically supported treatment for youth depression and suicide.
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, CST (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) Program Director, Master of Family Therapy Program (MFT). Associate Clinical Professor. Behavioral health outcomes, mixed methodology; LGBT and mixed orientation relationships, marital commitment, medical family therapy, sex therapy, transgender healthcare and relationships.
Marlene F. Watson, PhD, LMFT (Virginia Polytechnic and State University). Associate Professor. Forensic family therapy, siblings, race, class, gender and health policy issues.
Erica Wilkins, PhD, LMFT (Texas Tech University) Program Director, Doctor of Couple and Family Therapy (DCFT). Assistant Clinical Professor. 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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