Master of Family Therapy

Major: Family Therapy
Degree Awarded: Master of Family Therapy (MFT)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 90.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.1505
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
21.1013

About the Program

The Master of Family Therapy Program prepares couple and family therapy practitioners for clinical practice and is designed to meet the educational requirements for license eligibility in the state of Pennsylvania.  It is a two-year full-time degree program and offers part-time evenings options accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

The program prepares students for the profession of couple and family therapy through academic and clinical training. It exposes students to broad areas of theory and practice and provides an intensive, supervised clinical experience. The program emphasizes the interdependence of individual experience and the relational context, extending from family of origin (including traditional and nontraditional families) to the global community. The program is committed to training students to be aware of and sensitive to cultural diversity. In addition, the person of the therapist, including the student’s own culture, is a major aspect of the clinical training.

For more information, visit Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Couple and Family Therapy Department web page.

Degree Requirements

The MFT curriculum assists students in integrating theory and practice. Issues of cultural diversity such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity and power and privilege are addressed throughout the program. Students are fully trained to assume clinical practice in couple and family therapy and meet the educational requirements for Clinical Fellow membership in the AAMFT.

Required Courses
Foundations of Relational/Systemic Practice, Theories & Models
CFTP 500Introduction to Systems Theory4.0
CFTP 501Introduction to Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 502Introduction to Family Therapy II3.0
Clinical Treatment with Individuals, Couples & Families
CFTP 506Contextual Theory and Therapy4.0
CFTP 509Couples Therapy4.0
CFTP 510Sex Therapy4.0
CFTP 540Child Therapy in Couple and Family Therapy3.0
Diverse, Multicultural/International &/or Underserved Communities
CFTP 503Historical and Sociocultural Influences4.0
CFTP 504Sociocultural Influences II3.0
Research & Evaluation
CFTP 524Research I: Family Evaluation3.0
CFTP 525Research in Couple and Family Therapy4.0
Professional Identity, Law, Ethics and Social Responsibility
CFTP 522Legal and Ethical Implications in Couple and Family Therapy Practice4.0
CFTP 526Person of the Therapist Experience I2.0
CFTP 527Person of the Therapist Experience II2.0
CFTP 528Person of the Therapist Experience III2.0
CFTP 542Professional Development Seminar1.0
Biopsychosocial Health & Development across the Life Span
CFTP 520Family Life Cycle4.0
CFTP 521Human Development4.0
Systemic/Relational Assessment & Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment
CFTP 513DSM I: Adult Psychopathology3.0
CFTP 514DSM II: Child Psychopathology3.0
Contemporary Issues
CFTP 725Trauma and Families4.0
Community Intersections & Collaboration
CFTP 518Medical Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 529Family Policy4.0
Clinical Practice & Supervision
CFTP 530Clinical Practicum/Supervision I1.0
CFTP 531Clinical Practicum/Supervision II1.0
CFTP 532Clinical Practicum/Supervision III1.0
CFTP 533Clinical Practicum/Supervision IV1.0
CFTP 534Clinical Practicum/Supervision V1.0
CFTP 535Clinical Practicum/Supervision VI1.0
CFTP 536Clinical Practicum/Supervision VII1.0
CFTP 539Clinical Readiness Seminar3.0
CFTP 541Live Supervision Group2.0
Capstone Project
CFTP 543Capstone Project1.0
Total Credits90.0

Clinical Practicum Experience
All interns must complete a continuous 12-month calendar year experience at one practicum site prior to graduation. Interns will be expected to spend 16-20 hours per week working at the approved program practicum site. Scheduling of specific times will be negotiated by the intern, site supervisor and CFT Director of Clinical Training. The practicum schedule must not conflict with class schedule.

Clinical practicum sites are located primarily in Philadelphia, Delaware, and New Jersey. Settings include addictions facilities, schools, family based and forensic family therapy treatment programs, hospitals, community health centers,  juvenile justice treatment systems, and inpatient and outpatient behavioral health agencies.

For additional information, students should contact the Couple and Family Therapy Department.

Sample Plan of Study

Full-time:

Term 1Credits
CFTP 500Introduction to Systems Theory4.0
CFTP 522Legal and Ethical Implications in Couple and Family Therapy Practice4.0
CFTP 539Clinical Readiness Seminar3.0
CFTP 526Person of the Therapist Experience I2.0
CFTP 530Clinical Practicum/Supervision I1.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
CFTP 501Introduction to Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 503Historical and Sociocultural Influences4.0
CFTP 513DSM I: Adult Psychopathology3.0
CFTP 527Person of the Therapist Experience II2.0
CFTP 531Clinical Practicum/Supervision II1.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 3
CFTP 502Introduction to Family Therapy II3.0
CFTP 514DSM II: Child Psychopathology3.0
CFTP 521Human Development4.0
CFTP 528Person of the Therapist Experience III2.0
CFTP 532Clinical Practicum/Supervision III1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 4
CFTP 520Family Life Cycle4.0
CFTP 533Clinical Practicum/Supervision IV1.0
CFTP 540Child Therapy in Couple and Family Therapy3.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 5
CFTP 506Contextual Theory and Therapy4.0
CFTP 518Medical Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 524Research I: Family Evaluation3.0
CFTP 534Clinical Practicum/Supervision V1.0
CFTP 541Live Supervision Group2.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 6
CFTP 509Couples Therapy4.0
CFTP 525Research in Couple and Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 529Family Policy4.0
CFTP 535Clinical Practicum/Supervision VI1.0
CFTP 542Professional Development Seminar1.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 7
CFTP 504Sociocultural Influences II3.0
CFTP 510Sex Therapy4.0
CFTP 536Clinical Practicum/Supervision VII1.0
CFTP 543Capstone Project1.0
CFTP 725Trauma and Families4.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 90.0

Part-time:

Term 1Credits
CFTP 500Introduction to Systems Theory4.0
CFTP 522Legal and Ethical Implications in Couple and Family Therapy Practice4.0
CFTP 524Research I: Family Evaluation3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Term 2
CFTP 501Introduction to Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 503Historical and Sociocultural Influences4.0
CFTP 525Research in Couple and Family Therapy4.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 3
CFTP 502Introduction to Family Therapy II3.0
CFTP 504Sociocultural Influences II3.0
CFTP 521Human Development4.0
 Term Credits10.0
Term 4
CFTP 520Family Life Cycle4.0
CFTP 540Child Therapy in Couple and Family Therapy3.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 5
CFTP 506Contextual Theory and Therapy4.0
CFTP 518Medical Family Therapy4.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 6
CFTP 509Couples Therapy4.0
CFTP 529Family Policy4.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 7
CFTP 510Sex Therapy4.0
CFTP 725Trauma and Families4.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 8
CFTP 526Person of the Therapist Experience I2.0
CFTP 530Clinical Practicum/Supervision I1.0
CFTP 539Clinical Readiness Seminar3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 9
CFTP 513DSM I: Adult Psychopathology3.0
CFTP 527Person of the Therapist Experience II2.0
CFTP 531Clinical Practicum/Supervision II1.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 10
CFTP 514DSM II: Child Psychopathology3.0
CFTP 528Person of the Therapist Experience III2.0
CFTP 532Clinical Practicum/Supervision III1.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 11
CFTP 533Clinical Practicum/Supervision IV1.0
 Term Credits1.0
Term 12
CFTP 534Clinical Practicum/Supervision V1.0
CFTP 541Live Supervision Group2.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 13
CFTP 535Clinical Practicum/Supervision VI1.0
CFTP 542Professional Development Seminar1.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 14
CFTP 536Clinical Practicum/Supervision VII1.0
CFTP 543Capstone Project1.0
 Term Credits2.0
Total Credit: 90.0

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, 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.
Guy Diamond, PhD, MA (California School of Professional Psychology) Director, PhD program and Center for Family Intervention Science. Associate Professor. Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT), youth depression and suicide
Stephanie 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). Assistant Clinical 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) Coordinator of Student Experiential Learning. Assistant Clinical Professor. Mixed methodology; LGBT and mixed orientation relationships, marital commitment, behavioral health outcomes, medical family therapy, sex therapy.
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, 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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