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Program Overview

Adler University’s COAMFTE-accredited Master of Arts (M.A.) in Couple and Family Therapy program prepares socially responsible marriage and family therapists to serve families, couples, youth, and individuals, and help them tackle real-world issues.

The program embraces a scholar-practitioner approach with a unique focus on social justice that promotes positive change within personal relationships and larger social systems. Graduates are prepared to become expert couple and family therapists who treat families, couples, youth, and individuals in diverse settings.

This program also allows students to add on a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling for an additional 12 credits of coursework.

Psy.D. Emphases

Students can choose an emphasis to focus on a specific area in clinical psychology and will apply to their emphasis of choice during the first or second year of study.

Below are the current emphases offered:


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The Couple and Family Therapy Department Handbook (“CFT Handbook”) is available for applicants and current students. This contains the most up-to-date information regarding the department and our degree and certificate offerings.

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      Student Outcomes

      Students are trained to demonstrate cultural competency in practicing with diverse populations. We are firmly grounded in systemic, modern, and post-modern models of couple and family therapy theory. Our approach brings together intensive coursework with real-world clinical practicum experience to help students establish a clear professional identity as a Couple and Family Therapist.

      Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

      The mission of the M.A. in Couple and Family Therapy program is to train quality couple/marriage and family therapists firmly grounded in systemic theories who are culturally competent and socially responsible.

      Program Goals

      • To role model a clear professional identity as an ethical Couple and Family Therapist.
      • To train students to develop a systemic worldview in their work as a Couple and Family Therapist.
      • To graduate socially responsible professional Couple and Family Therapists sensitive to social justice and diversity.

      Student Learning Outcomes

      • To understand and apply systems, modern, and postmodern Couple and Family Therapy theories.
      • To assess ethical, legal, and professional issues related to clinical practice.
      • To demonstrate cultural competency in practicing Couple and Family Therapy with diverse populations.

      Careers

      • Mental health centers
      • Military organizations
      • Private practice
      • Outpatient care centers
      • Schools
      • Nursing and residential care facilities
      • Social service agencies
      • Inpatient care centers and hospitals

      Student Spotlight

      Katie Roach, student
      Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy program

      Katie Roach is a first-year student in the Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy program in Chicago. Roach shares her first experiences at Adler University and how the University’s unique approach has helped shape her as a future therapist and socially responsible practitioner.

      Read Katie’s Story

      Accreditation & Licensure

      COAMFTE Accreditation

      Adler University’s M.A. in Couple and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), facilitating portability of licensure and expanding employment opportunities.

      Additionally, the courses and supervised clinical training are intended to assist students in meeting the educational requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) in Illinois.

      Demographics & Diversity

      The Couple and Family Therapy Department at Adler University is committed to diversity as part of their mission, program goals, and student learning outcomes. Here is a snapshot of the racial and gender demographics of faculty (core and adjunct), supervisors (core and site), and students in the COAMFTE-accredited M.A. in Couple and Family Therapy program for the current academic year. Information on the demographics of the CFT Department is gathered through a self-report form provided to students at orientation and core and adjunct faculty and site supervisors during onboarding. Gathering this information is part of the accreditation process for COAMFTE.

      Curriculum

      The Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy is a 60-credit hour program that includes coursework and a clinical training practicum. The MCFT program is a full time program to be completed in two years and no longer than five years.

      Couple & Family Therapy Courses

      MCFT-505 Systemic Ethics

      This course provides students with a solid foundation for the ethical practice of therapy with individuals, couples, and families, according to the 2015 Code of Ethics of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT).

      MCFT-505 Systemic Ethics

      This course provides students with a solid foundation for the ethical practice of therapy with individuals, couples, and families, according to the 2015 Code of Ethics of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT).

      MCFT-505 Systemic Ethics

      This course provides students with a solid foundation for the ethical practice of therapy with individuals, couples, and families, according to the 2015 Code of Ethics of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT).

      Social Justice Practicum

      200-hour internship to give students real world experience

      A unique and proven program designed to give students real world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

      Learn about Adler’s Social Justice Practicum

      Faculty Spotlight

      Cadmona Hall, Ph.D.
      Associate Professor, Couple and Family Therapy

      I believe teaching is a privilege and a great responsibility; therefore, I bring passion and energy to courses I teach. I believe that all students have the ability to achieve. My hope is for students to finish each course having done self-exploration that leads to a new or deeper understanding of themselves and the world.

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      How is a Psy.D. different from a Ph.D.?

      This course provides students with a solid foundation for the ethical practice of therapy with individuals, couples, and families, according to the 2015 Code of Ethics of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT).

      What is clinical psychology?

      Answer here.

      Can I be registered as a Psychologist in Canada after graduating?

      Answer here.

      Admissions Requirements

      Applicants are required to submit the following items to be considered for admission:

      • Application and application fee
      • Statement of Intent (2-3 pages, double-spaced) answering the following questions:
        • Why are you interested in your chosen field and program?
        • Why is Adler University’s program a good fit for you?
        • What are your career goals and interests?
      • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
      • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (U.S and Canada)
        • Please have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions
        • Unofficial transcripts may be accepted for any schools in which a degree was not
          received
        • International transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service
      • Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview with faculty.

      Please submit all application materials including official transcripts to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.

      Adler University – Office of Admissions
      17 N. Dearborn Street
      Chicago, IL 60602

      Official electronic transcripts should be sent to [email protected].

      Information for International Applicants

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