About Us

We prepare students to provide ethical, research-informed, culturally competent relational mental health services to a diverse array of clients.

We embrace a scholar/practitioner model of systemic family therapy training. Our program is a 2.5-year program, with a maximum completion time of five years.*

*This program is in the process of changing its name from Marriage and Family Therapy to Couple and Family Therapy. You may see references to either name as we make this transition.


We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Our current period of accreditation is from 11/1/2017 to 11/1/2024. We have been accredited since 1994.

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Core Faculty and Supervisors

Megan Murphy

Megan J. Murphy, Ph.D., LMFT

Professor and Director, Couple and Family Therapy Program


(219) 989-2101

Hammond, IBCC 1030

Christopher Belous

Christopher K. Belous, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Center


(219) 989-2938

Hammond, IBCC 1028

Kevin Hynes

Kevin C. Hynes, Ph.D., LMFT

Assistant Professor of Couple and Family Therapy


(219) 989-2587

Hammond, IBCC 1034

Staff Members

Rose A. Benoit

Rose Benoit

Administrative Assistant, Couple and Family Therapy


(219) 989-2027

Indianapolis Boulevard Counseling Center 1024

Course Information and Curriculum

Courses in the couple and family therapy concentration are designed to comply with COAMFTE requirements, requirements for content set forth by the Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board which oversees the licensure of marriage and family therapists in the state of Indiana, as well as prepare students to take the National MFT Licensure Exam. The program is a total of 60 credits without a thesis, and 63 credits with a thesis.

Foundations of Relational/Systemic Practices, Theories and Models

  • CFT 60000          Basic Systemic Therapy Skills (3 credits)
  • CFT 61000          Classic Theories in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 66000          Contemporary Theories in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)

Clinical Treatment with Individuals, Couples and Families

  • CFT 65500          Couple Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 65000          Sexuality and Sex Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 64500          Treating Trauma with Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)

Diverse, Multicultural and/or Underserved Communities

  • CFT 64000          Diversity and Social Justice in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)

Research and Evaluation

  • CFT 69500          Introduction to Research and Writing in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 69600          Research Methods in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CFT 69700          Research Analysis in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)

Professional Identity, Law, Ethics and Social Responsibility

  • CFT 63000          Ethics and Professional Issues in Couple and Family Therapy (3 credits)

Biopsychosocial Health and Development Across the Life Span

  • CFT 63500          Theories of Human and Family Development (3 credits)

Systemic/Relational Assessment and Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment

  • CFT 62000          Diagnosis and Assessment in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)

Contemporary Issues

  • CFT 67000         Topical Issues in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)

Community Intersections and Collaboration

  • CFT 67500         Practicum in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits for 6 semesters, 18 total)

Thesis (Optional)

  • CFT 69800          Research MS Thesis in Couple & Family Therapy (3 credits)