Master of Family Therapy

Major: Family Therapy
Degree Awarded: Master of Family Therapy (MFT)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 90.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.1505
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

NOTE: This program is subject to approval by the program accreditor, Commission for Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

The Master of Family Therapy (MFT) Program prepares couple and family therapy practitioners and meets the educational requirements for license eligibility in the state of Pennsylvania. It is a two-year, full-time or four-year, part-time program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

This clinically rigorous program exposes students to broad areas of theory and practice with an emphasis on the interdependence of the individual and the context of their relationships extending from family of origin to the global community. The curriculum is centered on the principles of social justice, cultural competence, and the Person of the Therapist model. Students also participate in culturally diverse, clinical practicum experiences, working with individuals, couples, and families under the supervision of experienced clinicians. 

Additional Information

For more information, visit Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Counseling and Family Therapy Department webpage.

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
CFTP 500Introduction to Systems Theory4.0
CFTP 502Introduction to Family Therapy II3.0
CFTP 513DSM I: Adult Psychopathology3.0
CFTP 514DSM II: Child Psychopathology3.0
CFTP 522Legal and Ethical Implications in Couple and Family Therapy Practice4.0
CFTP 524Family Assessment and Evaluation3.0
CFTP 525Research in Couple and Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 568Addictions in the Family System3.0
CFTP 570Foundational Elements of Trauma Care2.0
CFTP 571Human Development and Family Life Cycles4.0
CFTP 572Diversity and Contextual Factors in Clinical Practice4.0
CFTP 574Intersections of Trauma and Families Across Contexts4.0
CFTP 575Foundational Elements of Addiction2.0
CFTP 576Couples and Attachment3.0
CFTP 577Self of the Therapist2.0
CFTP 578Couples and Sex Therapy4.0
CFTP 600Advanced Theory and Practice I3.0
CFTP 602Advanced Theory and Practice III3.0
CFTX 501Introduction to Family Therapy Models I3.0
CFTX 573Group Therapy: Theoretical Models and Practice2.0
CFTX 601Advanced Theory and Practice II3.0
CFTP 539Clinical Readiness Seminar3.0
CFTP 561Group Supervision Practicum I2.0
CFTP 562Group Supervision Practicum II2.0
CFTP 563Group Supervision Practicum III2.0
CFTP 564Group Supervision Practicum IV2.0
CFTX 530Clinical Practicum Supervision I3.0
CFTX 531Clinical Practicum Supervision II1.0
CFTX 532Clinical Practicum Supervision III1.0
CFTX 533Clinical Practicum Supervision IV1.0
CFTX 534Clinical Practicum Supervision V1.0
CFTX 535Clinical Practicum Supervision VI1.0
CFTX 536Clinical Practicum Supervision VII1.0
CFTP 603Professional Development Capstone4.0
Total Credits90.0

Clinical Practicum Experience
All interns must complete two practicum experiences continuously prior to graduation: 9 month and 12 month. Interns will be expected to spend 16-20 hours per week working at the approved program practicum site. The intern, site supervisor, and CFT Director of Clinical Training negotiate practicum schedules. The practicum schedule cannot conflict with program 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. Students should expect to travel up to 30 miles to their practicum site or for related supervision. Transportation, therein is the responsibility of the student.

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

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
CFTP 5004.0CFTP 5133.0CFTP 5023.0CFTP 5254.0
CFTP 5224.0CFTP 5702.0CFTP 5143.0CFTP 5612.0
CFTP 5243.0CFTP 5724.0CFTP 5714.0CFTP 5683.0
CFTP 5393.0CFTX 5013.0CFTP 5744.0CFTP 5784.0
CFTX 5303.0CFTX 5311.0CFTP 5752.0CFTX 5331.0
  CFTX 5321.0 
 17 13 17 14
Second Year
CFTP 5622.0CFTP 5632.0CFTP 5642.0 
CFTP 5763.0CFTP 5772.0CFTP 6023.0 
CFTP 6003.0CFTX 5351.0CFTP 6034.0 
CFTX 5341.0CFTX 5732.0CFTX 5361.0 
 CFTX 6013.0  
 9 10 10 
Total Credits 90

Couple and Family Therapy Faculty

Jessica Chou, PhD, LMFT, LPC (St. Louis University). Assistant Professor. Community-based research within marginalized populations including women and families impacted by substance use, training experiences of couple/marriage and family therapists (C/MFT) and migration and resettlement among immigrant and refugee families.
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.
Gloria Gonzalez-Kruger, PhD, LMFT (Michigan State University) Director of Clinical Services, Department of Counseling and Family Therapy. Associate Clinical Professor. AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Access, utilization, and cultural competency of mental health services: Underserved and marginalized communities, Latino/a families, integrated primary care/behavioral healthcare, outcome-based education and training of MFT/CFTs (cultural competence, telehealth, virtual reality).
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) Interim Chair, Program Director, Master of Family Therapy Program (MFT). Associate Clinical Professor. Behavioral health outcomes, mixed methodology; program evaluation, sexual and gender identity, healthcare best practices.
Laura Lynch, PhD, LMFT (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Medical family therapy, collaborative healthcare, and couples and families coping with chronic illness; couple and family therapy graduate education; couples therapy with a focus on emotionally focused therapy.
Phyllis Swint, PhD, LMFT (Drexel University) Director of Clinical Training. Assistant Clinical Professor. Development of clinical training models and affiliate relationships that align with foundational learning and placement experiences for C/MFT and Masters of Addictions Counseling students. Extensive background in advocacy and working with marginalized families in behavioral health, community mental health, and the Philadelphia prison systems. Community outreach, collaboration and research, dedicated to the relational treatment needs of marginalized communities within the scope of clinical training and development.
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 University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Research focused on addressing issues in transracial adoption and improving trauma informed care within the African American community. Understanding global mental health within the African diaspora and expanding developmental pathways through advocacy and social justice.
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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