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: 71.0
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 to take leadership roles in the couple and family therapy field as administrators, advanced practice clinicians, and educators. The program prepares to students to work with diverse individuals, couples, and families across multiple healthcare settings, with a particular focus on clinical issues and evidence-informed practices related to couples therapy, trauma, and addiction.

This is a part-time, online program that takes approximately 3 years to complete. The curriculum includes courses in theory and practice, teaching pedagogy, policy development, teaching, and research methodologies.

Additional Information

For more information about the Doctor of Couple and Family Therapy program, visit the Counseling and Family Therapy Department website.

Admission Requirements

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

  • Master degree in marriage/couple and family therapy
  • 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. Clinical abilities
4. Collaboration
5. Commitment to working with work with diverse individuals, couples, and families
6. Commitment to scholarship

Degree Requirements

CFTP 710Advanced Legal and Ethical Implications in Couple and Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 716Advanced Family Therapy Theory and Practice3.0
CFTP 720Couple Therapy Theory & Practice3.0
CFTP 724Multicultural Approach to Couple and Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 734Supervision in Couple and Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 735Family Healthcare Policy3.0
CFTP 740Systemic Approaches to Addiction3.0
CFTP 742Couples Sexual Therapy3.0
CFTP 743Trauma Theory and Models with Vulnerable Populations3.0
CFTP 750Professional Development and Leadership3.0
CFTP 760Teaching Practicum 2.0
CFTP 765Grant Writing for Program Development 3.0
NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
RSCH 714Qualitative Research Methods I3.0
RSCH 759Foundations of Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 770Foundations in Research Methods3.0
Internship 9.0
Couple and Family Therapy Internship *
Portfolio Planning and Development6.0
Portfolio Planning and Development **
Capstone Portfolio Sequence
CFTP 810Capstone Portfolio I2.0
CFTP 811Capstone Portfolio II2.0
CFTP 812Capstone Portfolio III2.0
Total Credits71.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CFTP 7104.0CFTP 7203.0CFTP 7403.0CFTP 7353.0
CFTP 7163.0CFTP 7244.0CFTP 8001.0CFTP 7433.0
CFTP 8001.0CFTP 8001.0NHP 7623.0 
 8 8 7 6
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CFTP 7503.0CFTP 7344.0CFTP 7602.0CFTP 7653.0
CFTP 8001.0CFTP 8001.0CFTP 8001.0CFTP 7423.0
RSCH 7593.0RSCH 7703.0RSCH 7143.0 
 7 8 6 6
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
CFTP 8013.0CFTP 8013.0CFTP 8013.0 
CFTP 8102.0CFTP 8122.0CFTP 8122.0 
 5 5 5 
Total Credits 71

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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