Master of Family Therapy

Major: Family Therapy
Degree Awarded: Master of Family Therapy (MFT)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 93.0
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 501Introduction to Family Therapy4.0
CFTP 502Introduction to Family Therapy II3.0
CFTP 509Couples Therapy4.0
CFTP 513DSM I: Adult Psychopathology3.0
CFTP 514DSM II: Child Psychopathology3.0
CFTP 517Addictions in The Family4.0
CFTP 522Legal and Ethical Implications in Couple and Family Therapy Practice4.0
CFTP 524Research I: Family Evaluation3.0
CFTP 525Research in Couple and Family Therapy4.0
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 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 600Advanced Theory and Practice I3.0
CFTP 601Advanced Theory and Practice II4.0
CFTP 602Advanced Theory and Practice III3.0
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 561Group Supervision / Practicum I2.0
CFTP 562Group Supervision / Practicum II2.0
CFTP 563Group Supervision / Practicum III2.0
CFTP 564Group Supervision / Practicum IV2.0
Capstone Project *
Total Credits93.0

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 5014.0CFTP 5023.0CFTP 5094.0
CFTP 5224.0CFTP 5133.0CFTP 5143.0CFTP 5174.0
CFTP 5243.0CFTP 5301.0CFTP 5311.0CFTP 5321.0
CFTP 5393.0CFTP 5702.0CFTP 5744.0CFTP 5714.0
CFTP 5724.0 CFTP 5752.0 
 18 10 13 13
Second Year
CFTP 5262.0CFTP 5272.0CFTP 5282.0CFTP 5254.0
CFTP 5331.0CFTP 5341.0CFTP 5351.0CFTP 5361.0
CFTP 5431.0CFTP 5431.0CFTP 5431.0CFTP 5431.0
CFTP 5763.0CFTP 5622.0CFTP 5632.0CFTP 5642.0
CFTP 5612.0CFTP 6014.0CFTP 6023.0 
CFTP 6003.0   
 12 10 9 8
Total Credits 93

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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