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Masters Program in Couple & Family Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

When do students apply to the program?
Because our application process is on-line, you can begin the application process at any time. The program begins its review of applications on February 1 for admission in the fall semester. Students are admitted only once a year. See how to apply for more detailed instructions.

Is there a minimum grade point average needed to be accepted into the program?
No. Although we prefer a grade point average of 3.0 or above, all applicant’s materials including test scores, letters of reference, and professional statement are reviewed together to assure students’ ability to succeed in the program.

Do you follow a particular training approach?
In addition to learning traditional family therapy theories our training model is based on an outcome management (OM) protocol. Outcome management refers to the collection of client feedback regarding treatment progress after each therapy session and recording client responses using OM software. Computerized predictions provide a basis for identifying clients who are not progressing as expected, allowing trainees in collaboration with their supervisor to adjust their approach appropriately. With this method, students realize rapid development of skills and improved outcomes with their clients.

How is the second-year internship placement arranged?
Students work closely with the CFT program faculty to find a placement that meets the needs of the student. Current and previous placement settings include: outpatient psychiatry for children and adolescents, outpatient family services, intensive home-based treatment programs, residential substance abuse treatment for adolescents, and school settings.

When do classes and practica occur?
CFT students meet as a group with their faculty supervisor on one of two evening a week for their clinical practicum. Graduate seminar classes typically meet in three hour time blocks, mornings and afternoons.