Couple and Family Therapy

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Are you interested in learning more about the field of couple/marriage and family therapy? If so, the Kent School of Social Work's Couple and Family Therapy Program, might be what you are looking for in a Graduate Education. This unique 2-3 year Masters program offers dual, competency-based training toward both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) and Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) professional licensure and is accredited by both COAMFTE and CSWE.

Come meet MSSW-CFT Faculty, learn more about this one of a kind program and hear about our multiple CFT Student Scholarships at the
Open House. For more information click here.


The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT, formerly MFT) Specialization within the Kent School of Social Work is dedicated to developing professionals in CFT (MFT) to work with at-risk individuals & families within their community contexts.

The CFT program was the first and is currently one of only two programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) offering combined training in M/CFT and Social Work. COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria can be viewed here: CFT Program Student Achievement Criteria Data

MSSW-CFT students complete coursework, practicum hours and supervision necessary for licensure as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Kentucky, in addition to being eligible to pursue licensure as Licensed Clinical Social Workers. The CFT coursework requires two calendar years to complete and begins in the summer of the first CFT year.

The MSSW-CFT Specialization curriculum meets course requirements for Kentucky licensure and clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). CFT coursework focuses on theoretical foundations, practical application, ethics, integration of research, theory and practice and supervised clinical practice.

MSSW-CFT Program Video

CFT Information

CFT Scholarships


Commitment to Diversity

Who will teach me?

Faculty - links to bios and CVs

Part-Time Faculty

Volunteer Community Mentors

What will I learn in the CFT Specialization?

Link to CFT Curriculum Plans

Link to CFT Program Educational Outcomes and Benchmarks

CFT Supervision, CFT Classes, and Practicum Information

Advanced Year Community Supervision

MSSW-CFT Student Handbook

Accreditation Information

CFT Program Student Achievement Criteria Data

Admissions Process and Information

      What recent alumni say about their CFT experience

      "Having the opportunity to complete the Kent School of Social Work CFT specialization program equipped me with vital skills and confidence that are necessary to be a great clinician and researcher. The learning experience provided me with a unique background that distinguishes me from other mental health professionals." Krista Banks

      “The CFT department is genuinely invested in the success of their students, and it shows.  I'm grateful to have had program mentors who held me to the highest standard (even when it was difficult to hear), because it told me that they knew my potential and they were going to do everything in their power to make sure I achieved it." Kristin Armstrong

      "The unique concentration of couple and family systems within a cohort setting while attending social work practice and research classes was my draw to the CFT program. As I reflect back, my favorite part of the CFT program was bonding and establishing relationships with other cohort members.." Rachel Kolodziej

      CFT Faculty Community Involvement

      In addition to their teaching and research, consistent with the mission of the Kent School of Social Work, the CFT core faculty are also heavily involved in community endeavors.

      Dr. Emma Sterrett-Hong helps co-facilitate an HIV support group at the University of Louisville 550 HIV clinic.  Previously, she was a board member of West Louisville Community Ministries.  Many research projects in which Dr. Sterrett-Hong is involved are run through collaborations with community partners, including the Freedom House project for women in residential substance abuse recovery program, in partnership with Volunteers of America (VOA), and the GLoBAL study examining health and social support among young Latino and African American gay and bisexual men, conducted through partnerships with VOA, the 550 clinic, and the Kentuckiana AIDS Alliance.

      Dr. Eli Karam serves on the National Board of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is a Past President for the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (KAMFT). He promotes the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy regularly through his weekly psychoeducational segments on Louisville TV and radio. He also serves on the editorial board on the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and recently served guest editor on special virtual edition of JMFT focusing on MFT Common Factors.

      Dr. Becky Antle has been involved for the past fifteen years in community-based and community-oriented research, including projects on violence prevention (child maltreatment, domestic and dating violence), relationship education, solution-based child welfare practice, the impact of domestic violence on children, and training/evaluation issues in human services. Currently, she has developed a program of training and evaluation, in advanced issues of marriage and family formation for the child welfare population. She is also conducting an assessment of child care services as well as utilization of key health and community initiatives for children.  Dr. Antle has been involved with numerous community-based organizations, including Board of Trustees for Brooklawn Children's Home, Anchorage Public School (Junior Great Books, Community Connections Chair), Junior League Louisville, Girl Scouts of America, Uspiritus Children's Home, and Maryhurst Children's Home.

      Dr. Laura Freyis interested in family communication about suicide, specifically how suicidal individuals choose whether to disclose suicidal behavior and to whom they choose to disclose.  She currently serves as the program chair for the American Association of Suicidology annual conference and the new professional representative for the Advancing Family Science section of the National Council on Family Relations. She provides continuing education for social workers and marriage and family therapists regarding the assessment, management, and treatment of suicidal behavior. She also provides clinical supervision for marriage and family therapist associates working towards independent licensure.

      Program Contact Information

      Dr. Emma Sterrett-Hong, CFT Program Director

      Email Dr. Sterrett-Hong

      Danette Baker, Coordinator

      EMAIL Danette Baker