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The Kent School of Social Work & Family Science Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy (MSCFT) program prepares students to become ethical, culturally-responsive couple and family therapists. Students receive an innovative, high-quality education that integrates the most advanced approaches to couple and family therapy (CFT), with application of therapy skills in both community-based usual care settings and in a relationship therapy clinic.Our faculty are contemporary leaders, experts, and scholars in CFT and the broader family science professions. As a result, our students learn to integrate the latest research findings with cultural humility to provide sensitive and effective therapy to clients across a variety of cultural identities and intersections of identities.

The MSCFT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). The MSCFT curriculum meets course requirements for Kentucky licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) and clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

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The MSCFT program was the first program and is one of only two programs accredited by COAMFTE that offers combined training in CFT and social work.  Students can choose to pursue the MSCFT degree or a dual  MSCFT/MSSW degree offers coordinated competency-based training toward both LMFT and Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) professional licensure.  The MSCFT degree is offered as an on-campus two year program and the dual degree with social work (MSCFT/MSSW) is offered as either a two-year or three-year program.

Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about our dynamic, cutting edge graduate program in couple and family therapy! 

Contact us for additional information, please join us for a Virtual Prospective Student Session or contact us at or call the CFT Program Coordinator at 502-852-0383. 

AAMFT Podcast Series

CFT Program faculty member Dr. Eli Karam created and hosts a twice-a-month AAMFT Podcast with top experts in the field of CFT and systemic therapy.  Find the latest podcast episodes here.


Due to the dual training and practicum experience in the MSSW-CFT program, our graduates are quite competitive on the job market. 98% 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, 38% identify as ethnic minorities. In addition, faculty and supervisors represent diverse backgrounds, with 33% of CFT core and non-core faculty and 40% of CFT clinical supervisors identifying as ethnic minorities. The CFT Program is open to all eligible students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age, diversity of thought, and political ideology.

 "Having the opportunity to complete the Kent School of Social Work and Family Science 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, CFT Alumnus