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Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 43.0
Instructional Delivery: Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Program

The Drexel Post-Graduate Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy program specializes in training practitioners to be couple and family therapy therapists. The program is designed for behavioral health practitioners, divorce and family meditators, pastoral counseling, physicians, psychiatric nurses, school counselors and social workers possessing a minimum of a master’s degree and/or professional degree who desire to pursue specialized training in CFT.

This two-year certificate program exposes students to an array of classical and postmodern theories in family therapy. Faculty present these theories anchored in culturally and evidenced informed paradigms, self of the therapists, and social justice as theoretical frameworks for education, supervision, and training.

Students are encouraged to use theory and clinical philosophy to developed their own personalized therapeutic approach. Supervised clinical practicum are completed at Community Practicum sites and at the Drexel University Couple and Family Therapy Clinical Practices.

Graduates are employed at behavioral health and healthcare institutions,  addiction facilities, schools, hospitals, law practices, religious institutions, and  in private practices.

What you’ll learn

The multi-disciplinary training of this certificate program emphasizes cultural diversity. Coursework covers contextual issues such as race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, religion, age, ability, power and privilege that are fundamental to the education, training and practice of couple and family therapy.

Upon graduation of the program, you will have met all of the minimum academic requirements for Pre-Clinical Fellow membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), have license eligibility as a marriage and family therapist in most states, and will have partially fulfilled credentialing in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

Graduating students will be able to:

  • Maintain a professional couple and family therapy identity and ethical conduct;
  • Identify foundations and contemporary conceptual directions for couple and family therapy;
  • Identify and assess a variety of clinical problems from a systemic/relational perspective;
  • Assess, diagnose, and treat mental health problems using traditional and systemic psycho-diagnostic categories;
  • Identify, assess and understand individual and family development across the family life cycle;
  • Identify, assess, and relate family life cycle states to the treatment of physical and mental health issues;
  • Define ethical issues related to the profession of couple and family therapy;
  • Identify the legal responsibilities and liabilities of couple and family therapy practice;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of traditional and contemporary research practices in couple and family therapy;
  • Define ethical responsibilities in couple and family therapy research;
  • Utilize an Emotionally Focused approach to conduct therapy.

What makes the Drexel Post-Graduate Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy program unique?

  • The program pairs evidence-based practices with other schools of thought for a comprehensive education.
  • Emphasis on social justice and a learning environment that fosters diversity.
  • Students are placed in a variety of practicums by our Director of Clinical Training.
  • Clinical faculty provide weekly individual and group supervision.
  • International and nationally recognized faculty and clinical supervisors.
You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and simulated health care scenarios.

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:
A Masters Degree from an accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution.

GPA of 3.0 or above from the master’s degree education.

Standardized Tests:
N/A

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:
N/A

References:
Three letters of recommendation are required as a part of the application process. Recommendation letters must include address, phone number, and signature of the 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:
Discuss Couple & Family Therapy as a separate and distinct profession from other mental health disciplines. Also discuss how this field will help you achieve your professional and research goals.

Interview/Portfolio:
Mandatory Personal Group Interview

CV/Resume:
Required.

Licenses:
N/A

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

International Students:
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have:
a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

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

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 Clinical Seminar 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 Practicum Orientation or to demonstrate the equivalents thereof to be considered for clinical practice. Successful completion of the Practicum Orientation 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 Clinical Seminar course and all required first quarter courses prior to beginning Practicum II.

The Practicum I 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

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. www.aamft.org/

Mission of the Post-Master’s Certificate Program

The mission of the COAMFTE accredited PMC program is to offer specialized training in CFT in the form of advanced practitioner training. The program is committed to exposing students to an array of classical and postmodern theories in family therapy using an array of classical and postmodern theories in family therapy anchored in culturally and evidenced informed paradigms, self of the therapists, and social justice as theoretical frameworks for education, supervision, and training.

Post-Master’s Certificate Program Philosophy

As a COAMFTE-accredited program, students must complete all course work and clinical requirements described in the Educational Guidelines (formerly the standard curriculum), or documented equivalents thereof. The PMC Program curriculum exceeds the requirements outlined in the Educational Guidelines and is designed to prepare students to pursue credentialing for EFT and to help individuals, couples and families improve their relationships using a culturally sensitive framework.

The curriculum for the Post-Master's Certificate program is intended to facilitate the programs mission, goals and educational outcomes and is heavily influenced by the Marriage and Family Therapy Educational Guidelines and Pennsylvania Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure requirements. The following professional influences are embedded throughout the curriculum: (1) Professional Marriage and Family Therapy Standards and Educational Guidelines;(2) AAMFT Code of Ethics;(3) The American Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) Guidelines; (4)Pennsylvania Marriage and Family Licensure Act and (5) COAMFTE Standards.

The Post-Master's Certificate Program is a two-year part-time program leading to a certificate in couple and family therapy. The certificate can lead towards licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT Clinical Fellow, and credentialing in Emotionally Focused Therapy. A minimum of 43-quarter credits of course work and clinical practicum is required for graduation.

The program has identified and established the following Student Learning Outcomes.

At the end of the program students will be able to:

Maintain a professional couple and family therapy identity and ethical conduct*
Identify foundations and contemporary conceptual directions for couple and family therapy
Identify and assess a variety of clinical problems from a systemic/relational perspective
Assess, diagnose, and treat mental health problems using traditional and systemic psycho-diagnostic categories
Identify, assess and understand individual and family development across the family life cycle
Identify, assess, and relate family life cycle states to the treatment of physical and mental health issues
Define ethical issues related to the profession of couple and family therapy
Identify the legal responsibilities and liabilities of couple and family therapy practice
Demonstrate knowledge of traditional and contemporary research practices in couple and family therapy
Define ethical responsibilities in couple and family therapy research
Utilize an Emotionally Focused approach to conduct therapy

Outcomes

At the end of the program students will be able to:  
  1. Maintain a professional couple and family therapy identity and ethical conduct
  2. Identify foundations and contemporary conceptual directions for couple and family therapy
  3. Identify and assess a variety of clinical problems from a systemic/relational perspective
  4. Assess, diagnose, and treat mental health problems using traditional and systemic psycho-diagnostic categories
  5. Identify, assess and understand individual and family development across the family life cycle
  6. Identify, assess, and relate family life cycle states to the treatment of physical and mental health issues
  7. Define ethical issues related to the profession of couple and family therapy
  8. Identify the legal responsibilities and liabilities of couple and family therapy practice
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of traditional and contemporary research practices in couple and family therapy
  10. Define ethical responsibilities in couple and family therapy research
  11. Utilize an Emotionally Focused approach to conduct therapy

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