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 Therapy with Couples (3 credits)
  • DCFT-724: Advanced FT 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-775-778: Dissertation Proposal 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: Advanced Sex Therapy (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)

Many electives are designed to provide the foundation for a specialty, such as medical family therapy, or certification such as through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

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.