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Master of Family Therapy

Program

Download the COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data for Drexel University Master in Family Therapy program here (PDF).

The mission of the COAMFTE-accredited MFT graduate program is to prepare systemically-trained, culturally competent, socially-just clinicians to meet the academic and clinical standards for independent practice in the field of family therapy.  The Program exposes students to an array of classical, postmodern, and research-informed family therapy approaches, using an integration of the Person of the Therapist, cultural competency, and commitment to social justice for education, supervision, and training.

Our distinguished, internationally-recognized faculty is dedicated to training students to serve a diverse client base across myriad communities, and increasing the number of diverse clinicians in the field of couple and family therapy.

Our graduates are trained to assume clinical practice positions in the field and are desirable in myriad work environments. The 90-credit Master degree meets the minimum educational requirements for MFT licensure in the state of Pennsylvania. Graduates are employed at behavioral health and healthcare institutions, addiction treatment facilities, schools, hospitals, law practices, religious institutions, and in private practice. Graduates qualify for Pre-Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

What you’ll learn

The Master in Family Therapy Degree program integrates theory and practice. Issues of age, ability, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, spirituality and ethnicity are addressed. We emphasize a systems/relational context to work with individuals, couples, and families. Students are trained to be able to work with clients of myriad backgrounds and include the aforementioned contextual variables.

The educational and training experience includes the following components:

  • Clinical and professional skill development courses
  • Comprehensive survey of classical and post-modern family therapy models
  • Exposure to research methodologies and best clinical practices in CFT
  • Familiarity with the ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities of clinical work
  • Historical development of systems theory, cybernetics, and use of the systems paradigm
  • Social Justice capstone
  • Training in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health issues with children and adults, across the family life cycle

What makes the Drexel Master of Family Therapy program unique?

  • Drexel University Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy Services clinic, a training facility for graduate students serving individuals, couples, and families in the Philadelphia region
  • Drexel University Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice, affords students the unique opportunity to develop clinical skills via simulated experiences with trained actors
  • Emphasis on social justice, power, privilege, and oppression and the social positioning of the therapist
  • Nine months of training in the Person of the Therapist model
  • Ongoing, direct faculty supervision during clinical placement
  • Students have two distinct practicum internships secured by the Director of Clinical Training

COMPLIANCE

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admissions: Fall Quarter Only

Degree:
Bachelors from fully accredited institution. Preferred GPA is at least 3.0.

Standardized Tests:
We do not require GRE scores for this program.

Transcripts:

  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
  • If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
  • Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions

Prerequisites:
Bachelors from fully accredited institution.

References:
Three professional references required from academic instructors or professional supervisors who can attest to applicant's strengths and potential aptitude for graduate study and to be a family therapist. Recommendation letters must include address, phone number, and signature of recommender.

  • You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service 
  • If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.

Personal Statement/Essay:

A one to two page personal statement describing your pertinent human services experiences, and how they will enhance your development as a couple and family therapist. For fall 2018 applicants, the new essay requirement is: A one to two page essay answering the questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a family therapist?
  2. Why do you want to attend the Drexel MFT program?
  3. How your past professional and life experience has prepared you to be a family therapist?

Interview/Portfolio:
We begin reviewing applications in the fall of each year.  Interviews are scheduled beginning in December and continue, through the spring, until such time as the class is full. If you are invited to interview, please note:

Mandatory in-person, group interview for all domestic applicants.
Mandatory virtual, group interview for all international applicants.

CV/Resume:
Required.

Licenses:
Copy of any current license required.

Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience:
While specific experience not required, previous related work experience may make applicant more competitive.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • Transcript Evaluation: All international students applying to a graduate program must have their transcripts evaluated by the approved agency: World Education Services (WES), 212.966.6311, Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087, Web site: www.wes.org/.
  • TOEFL: Applicants who have not received a degree in the United States are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An official score report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. For more information visit the Web site: www.ets.org, then click on TOEFL.
  • I-20/DS-2019 and Supporting Financial Documents (international students only): Please print, complete, and submit the I-20/DS-2019 Application Form (PDF). 

Tuition and Fee Rates
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central

About Funding:
We offer a competitive Deans Award which is merit based. Also, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) sponsors the
Minority Fellowship Program – Youth (MFP-Y) award. Information on the award can be found here.

Curriculum

Clinical Practice

The purpose of the practicum is to provide interns with an intensive supervised clinical experience working with diverse individuals, couples, families, and groups from a systems perspective. The goal is to equip students with the clinical experience essential to their growth and development as a Couple and Family Therapist. Supervision is designed to facilitate the student's integration of theory and practice. The knowledge and skills that students are expected to achieve are delineated in the supervisor’s quarterly assessments provided by the Competency Based Evaluation Form as well as initial clinical feedback from core faculty at the end of the first quarter.

Students will be exposed to the Program’s Administrative Manual, AAMFT Code of Ethics, and state reporting laws during Practicum Orientation, the course, and during the first month of group supervision.

In accordance with COAMFTE requirements concerning clinical hours and supervision all students must complete seven (7) quarters of clinical practicum (including summer) in the program. Students must have 350 hours of direct client contact (250 of the 350 hours must be with couples and/or families; and a minimum of 100 hours of individual). Students must accumulate 100 hours of supervision, (50 of the 100 hours must be focused on observable raw data, 25 of the 50 observable raw data hours must be video and/or direct observation; and 50 of the 100 hours must consist of group supervision) prior to graduation. Students should receive a minimum of 75 clinical hours per quarter. All students will be assigned an on-site supervisor, group supervisor and possibly an off-site supervisor if needed.

Additionally, all students are required to take and successfully complete the course or to demonstrate the equivalents thereof to be considered for clinical practice. Successful completion of the course or equivalence and current enrollment in all required first quarter courses are required conditions for full-time students before beginning Practicum II. Part-time students must also take the course and all required first quarter courses prior to beginning Practicum II.

The Clinical Seminar course is designed to prepare students for couple and family therapy in a professional setting. Students will be exposed to family therapy concepts and terms, along with basic clinical skills necessary to engage, assess and treat clients. Additionally, students will be exposed to contextual issues such as race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, religion, age, ability, power and privilege all of which are necessary in order to provide family therapy effectively. Students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to manage a case at the early developmental stages of therapeutic intervention. The student’s clinical ability will be observed and assessed in a Simulated Laboratory Experience at the end of the first quarter. The student will be given feedback both immediately after the Simulated Lab experience as well as in feedback sessions with the core faculty during the examination period of the first quarter. (Overall course evaluations will include clinical feedback from class participation, role-play experiences, simulated laboratory observation, and supervisor evaluations.)

Accreditation

Drexel's Master of Family Therapy Program is accredited by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Therapy Education. www.aamft.org/

Outcomes

Student Achievement Criteria Data Disclosure: Graduation rates, national exam pass rate, and licensure rate can be found here.