A clinically oriented terminal degree 
in fast-growing field of practice.

A clinically oriented terminal degree
in fast-growing field of practice.

Doctor of Couple and Family Therapy Curriculum

Doctoral courses are scheduled during all three terms in an academic year. Classes are offered on weekdays as well as weekends during morning, afternoon and evening hours. Students should take courses in the proper sequence to satisfy prerequisites for advanced courses and to prepare for practicum placements.

Required Courses:

  • DCFT-720 Advanced CFT Theory I (3 credits)
  • DCFT-721 Advanced CFT Theory II (3 credits)
  • DCFT-722 Advanced Couple Therapy Theory (3 credits)
  • DCFT-724 Advanced Family Therapy with Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
  • DCFT-725 Grief and Loss Through the Family Life Cycle (3 credits)
  • DCFT-726 Trauma and the Family System (3 credits).
  • DCFT-730 Advanced Issues of Culture and Diversity in CFT (3 credits)
  • DCFT-740 CFT Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • DCFT-741 CFT Statistics (3 credits)
  • DCFT-742 CFT Quantitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • DCFT-745 Supervision of Couple and Family Therapists (3 credits)
  • DCFT-747 Supervision of Supervision I (1 credit)
  • DCFT-750 Professional Development Seminar (1 credit)
  • DCFT-751-755 Doctoral Practicum I, II, III, IV & V (5 credits)
  • DCFT-757-761 Doctoral Practicum Seminar I, II, III, IV & V (13 credits)
  • DCFT-763 Doctoral Qualifying Exam (0 credits)
  • DCFT-765-767 Doctoral Internship I, II & III (0 credits)
  • DCFT-775 Dissertation Proposal (0 credits)
  • DCFT-776-778 Doctoral Dissertation I, II & III (0 credits)
  • DCFT-780 Dissertation Oral Defense (0 credits)

Successful Completion of 9 Elective Credits:

  • DCFT-728 Divorce Mediation and Conflict Resolution with Couples (3 credits)
  • DCFT-729 Sex Therapy: Theory and Techniques (3 credits)
  • DCFT-732 Integration of Religion and Spirituality in CFT (3 credits)
  • DCFT-735 LGBTQ Competent Therapy with Couples and Families (3 credits)
  • DCFT-736 Medical Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • DCFT-738 Gerontology Issues in Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • DCFT-749 Supervision of Supervision III (1 credit)

Total Credit Hours: 102

Master’s Degree Credits and Requisites

Students may receive up to 39 credits from their master’s degree program to apply toward the D.C.F.T. program. These 39 credits must include a minimum 15 credits (five courses) in master’s level marriage and family therapy.

Students may be admitted to the doctoral program with fewer than the required 15 master’s level MFT credits, and will take these required courses in the first year of their doctoral program.