New Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy Program
Beginning in Spring 2020, the Kent School will offer a new degree program: The Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy (MSCFT). The program is the first master of couple and family therapy program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) to be housed in a school of social work. The Kent School’s Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) program previously offered a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT.) The new MSCFT program will offer similar features as the CFT specialization, including an opportunity to conduct therapy and assessment with clients for a minimum of 500 hours, 200 of which are with couples, families and other systems (e.g., clients living together in a residential treatment facility), as well as a focus on social justice and working with marginalized families and communities. However, the MSCFT program will allow students to receive additional coursework in family systems theory and practice, as well as psychopathology and human sexuality. In addition, MSCFT students will attend practicum placements specifically suited to work with couples, families, and other systems.
Beyond their practicum settings, students in the MSCFT program will continue community engaged work started by students in the CFT specialization, including providing couple and family therapy at no cost to clients through a partnership with U of L’s Cardinal Success Clinic, operated by the Counseling Psychology program. The MSCFT program will be expanding its low-cost/free relationship therapy clinic to additional sites in the next year. For students interested in expanded training, the MSCFT program will offer the option of specializing in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, as well as of completing a dual masters degree program, receiving both an MSSW and MSCFT.
As the majority of CFT students rely on financial aid to fund their graduate education, the CFT program currently offers four scholarships, the Joe & Carolyn Brown Scholarship, Jenny Hoertz Scholarship, CFT Summer Scholarship, and Northstar Scholarship. In addition, a new scholarship fund, The Family Empowerment Scholarship, is currently being created to benefit students dedicated to working on inter-system (e.g., school and mental health systems) collaboration.
The job outlook for marriage/couple and family therapists is very positive with a projected growth in jobs of 22% over the next 10 years, much faster than the average increase for professions (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018.) To learn more about the MSCFT program, please visit uofl.edu/cft. If you’re interested in donating to any CFT scholarships, please contact the Kent School Development Officer, April Waddell at firstname.lastname@example.org.