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 model, cultural competency, and social justice frameworks 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.
Program Diversity Statement:
The MFT program, as part of the College of Nursing and Health Professions of Drexel University, holds that diversity is fundamental to all our endeavors and enriches the educational—and human—experience. We dedicate ourselves to creating a cultural climate in which all members of the community feel welcomed, respected, valued and included as participants. We seek to create an institution in which our faculty, staff and students reflect the diversity and complexity of our city and the global community. We acknowledge past and ongoing injustices in society at large and are committed to reflection, dialogue and action to address our role in perpetuating these injustices and formulating strategies to prevent them. We are committed to reducing inequities in our education, research, practice, policy and civic engagement initiatives. We seek to be inclusive and meet the needs of the diverse populations whom we teach, collaborate with and serve as we work together to promote health and eliminate health disparities.
Goal 1: To graduate students who have acquired the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to practice in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy
- SLO 1: Employ a systemic/relational perspective to identify, assess and treat clinical and mental health issues using traditional and psycho-diagnostic categories
- SLO 2: Identify, asses and understand individual and family development across the family life cycle and its related influence on clinical, physical and mental health issues
Goal 2: To graduate students who can identify and execute the legal and ethical responsibilities to practice in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy
- SLO 3: Maintain a professional couple and family therapy identity and ethical conduct to support future MFT licensure credentialing
- SLO 4: Identify ethical and legal issues and responsibilities related to the practice of couple and family therapy
Goal 3: To graduate students trained to identify cultural and contextual differences, to use their self in the therapeutic process, who understand the historic and ongoing connections between context, power, privilege, oppression and marginalization, and who serve diverse peoples and communities in the practice of couple and family therapy
- SLO 5: Identify and utilize foundational and current, contemporary directions to couple and family therapy practice
- SLO 6: Understand, respect and maintain understanding of cultural differences in couple and therapy practice
Goal 4: To graduate students who can consume and contribute to the Marriage and Family Therapy research literature
- SLO 7: Demonstrate knowledge of traditional and contemporary research practices in couple and family therapy
- SLO 8: Identify ethical responsibilities in couple and family therapy research practices
Information on the demographic makeup of our faculty and students may be found here.
Our graduates are trained to assume clinical practice positions and are desirable in myriad work environments. Graduates are employed at behavioral health and healthcare institutions, addiction treatment facilities, schools, hospitals, law practices, religious institutions and in private practice. The 90-credit Master degree meets the minimum educational requirements for MFT licensure in the state of Pennsylvania. 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:
- Comprehensive survey of systems theory, as well as classical and post-modern family therapy models
- Exposure to research methodologies, assessments and best clinical practices in CFT
- Training in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health issues with children and adults, across the family life cycle
- Familiarity with the ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities of clinical work
- Social Justice capstone
- Professional development courses and mentoring
What makes the Drexel Master of Family Therapy program unique?
- An on campus training clinic 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
- Curricular and clinical emphasis on social justice, power, privilege, and oppression and the social positioning of the therapist
- 9-month and 12-month clinical practica
- 9 months of training in the Person of the Therapist model created by Harry Aponte, MSW
The goal of practicum is to provide students with an intensive, clinical experience working with diverse individuals, couples, families, and groups, from a systemic perspective. Supervision is embedded in the practicum courses and designed to facilitate the student's integration of theory and practice.
All students are required to minimally complete a 12-month continuous practicum prior to graduation, under the COAMFTE accreditation requirements. Drexel University’s Master of Family Therapy program further requires all students complete an additional 9-month continuous practicum, prior to graduation.
Praciticum graduation requirements include:
- Mandatory Clinical Orientation (Prior to the start of the fall term of the first term of clinical activity)
- Passing CFTP 539 Clinical Readiness Seminar (Required in order to move forward with your clinical placement)
- Passing Clinical Practicum (CFTP 530-536) sequentially over the course of 7 quarters
- Passing a minimum of two faculty-supervisor clinical evaluations, over the course of your clinical placements, in the Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice
- Completing a minimum of 500 direct client contact hours (250 must be working with couples or families)
- Completing a minimum of 100 hours of supervision (50 of the 100 must be observable [video or audio], 25 of the 50 observable hours must be of the student)
Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to practice in the field and begin accumulating hours towards licensure in the state of Pennsylvania.
Students complete their clinical practicum at the Drexel University Individual, Couple, and Family Services Clinic (DUCFT), a training facility, directly affiliated with the Couple and Family Therapy Department at Drexel University, or one of over 35 additional placement sites, in the region. More information on DUCFT may be found at: http://drexel.edu/cnhp/practices/Individual-Couple-and-Family-Therapy-Services/.
A full list of our current clinical placement sites may be downloaded by clicking here.
The names of our Clinical Supervisors may be found here.
Information on the demographic makeup of our clinical supervisors may be found here.