Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy
The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT, formerly MFT) program 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
The CFT program 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. Click on the “Curriculum” tab for more information.
The MSCFT program is offered as an on-campus 2 year program, and the new dual degree MSCFT/MSSW is offered as either a 2 year or 3 year program. This unique 2-3 year MSCFT/MSSW Masters program offers dual, competency-based training toward both LMFT and Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) professional licensure and is accredited by both COAMFTE and CSWE.
Our program has evolved from the previously offered MSSW with CFT Specialization, and in January of 2020 we began admitting applicants to the separate MSCFT program and the dual degree MSSW/MSCFT Program.The MSSW-CFT Specialization and Advanced Standing MSSW with a CFT Prep Track have been replaced by the dual degree MSSW/MSCFT program.
CFT Virtual Prospective Student Sessions
Please join us for one of the on-line CFT Prospective Student sessions and hear from a CFT faculty member about the unique, social-justice-focused clinical training offered by the Couple and Family Therapy Program in the Kent School of Social Work. We also will discuss opportunities to specialize in Alcohol/Drug Counseling or to receive a dual masters degree in social work and CFT in this one of a kind program.
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. Our COAMFTE accredited CFT program is now a separate Masters of Science in Couple and Family Therapy (MSCFT). Our MSCFT program meets educational requirements for Clinical Membership in AAMFT and licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Kentucky. The MSCFT program is offered as an on-campus 2 year program and the new dual degree MSCFT/MSSW is offered as either a 2 year or 3 year program. This unique 2-3 year MSCFT/MSSW Masters program offers dual, competency-based training toward both LMFT and Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) professional licensure and is accredited by both COAMFTE and CSWE. For additional information, please join us for a Virtual Prospective Student Session or contact us directly at KentCFT@louisville.edu or call the CFT Program Coordinator at 502-852-0383. Click on the "Contact Us" tab for details.
CFT Program Video
Due to the dual training and practicum experience in the MSSW-CFT program, our graduates are quite competitive on the job market. 100% of CFT Program Graduates looking for Jobs in the Mental Health Field were employed within 6 months of graduation over the past 10 years
Commitment to Diversity
The CFT Program strives to integrate issues related to cultural diversity and competence throughout all courses. In addition, the program prioritizes recruitment of a diverse student body with regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability status, religion and national origin. Of the CFT students enrolled during the 2021-2022 academic year, 41% identify as ethnic minorities. In addition, faculty and supervisors represent diverse backgrounds, with 40% of CFT core and non-core faculty and 40% of CFT clinical supervisors identifying as ethnic minorities.
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
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