Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy Curriculum

MSCFT Curriculum

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What will I learn in the CFT program?

The curriculum covers a broad spectrum of knowledge, including individual, couple and family development, couple and family interventions, diversity and social justice, ethics, professionalBurhans Hall development, research, inter-professional collaborations, intervening in community settings, and contemporary issues in the field of M/CFT.

Students also receive extensive training in the clinical skills necessary for the practice of individual, couple, family and group therapy through intensive supervised clinical experiences.

The CFT program requires two calendar years to complete and begins in the fall of the first CFT year.

What is the instruction structure in the CFT program?

CFT course work for two calendar years

Logically sequenced instruction in family systems theories, diversity, couple and family assessment, couple and family intervention, and ethics, as well as other topics critical to the development of students as couple/marriage and family therapists.

Small Class Size (10-20 students per class)

CFT Curriculum Plans

CFT Supervision

  • 5-8 supervisees per group
  • Meets 3 hours weekly
  • Share video of your work
  • Live Supervision in a Community setting (4-7 PM)

CFT Classes

  • Each class meets for 3 hours once per week
  • Interactive and real-world applicable
  • Two days during the day at Shelby Campus


    • All students enrolled in the CFT program are required to take practicum for five semesters.
    • Practicum the foundation year is 18 hours per week, offered as a two consecutive semester course for 6 academic credits. Foundation year practicum sites tend to focus on residential and in-home service delivery, specifically around the children/teen as the identified patient, while second year placements focus more on community mental health facilities treating individuals and families.
    • In the summer between the foundation and advanced years, students attend practicum between 10 and 16 hours per week to continue accumulating CFT client contact and supervision hours. The advanced year practicum is also 18 hours per week in the fall and spring. A total of 500 Direct Client Contact hours is required and is attained in 5 consecutive semesters of practicum.

    Additional program information:

    "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 Alumnus