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Couple and Family Therapy

Master of Science , Couple and Family Therapy

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Program Intro

The Couple and Family Therapy graduate program at PNW trains you to provide mental health services to clients by embracing a scholar/practitioner model of systemic family therapy training. Our curriculum and experiences are informed by the university’s land grant mission of learning, discovery and engagement.

The deadline to apply is the second Monday of January each year for fall admission.*

Couple and Family Program

*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.

The Couple and Family Therapy program prepares you to provide ethical, research-informed and culturally competent relational mental health services to a diverse range of clients.

Curriculum Overview

Our scholar/practitioner model of systemic family therapy training provides a strong foundation for your career. Our program includes 67 credits of required courses, 500 hours of face-to-face contact with clients, 100 hours of supervision and a completed written thesis and oral defense of thesis.

Build a foundation with first-year courses.

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Sample Courses

  • CDFS 60100 – Advanced Child Development
  • CDFS 61500 – Research Methods In Child And Family Study

Grow your skills with the second year.

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Sample Courses

  • CDFS 66300 – Structural And Strategic Family Therapies
  • CDFS 64100 – Trauma And Recovery In Family Therapy

Program Requirements

Special admission requirements:

  • 1000-word autobiographical statement demonstrating your preparation for the program

Highlights

The Couple and Family Therapy degree is an accredited path toward a career in mental health services. Our program is strongly committed to the promotion of diversity among all human beings.

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Outcomes

Graduates of this program are ready to help change clients’ lives for the better by providing relational mental health services.

Scholarships

AAMFT SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program

Beyond the Classroom

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • National Council on Family Relations

Career Paths

Graduates most often:

  • Apply to doctoral programs;
  • Practice therapy in mental health agencies; and/or
  • Engage in private practice.

Accreditation

The Couple and Family Therapy graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Licensure

This training program meets the educational requirements for licensure for marriage and family therapy in the states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas and Texas.

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I truly love having small class sizes, because it promotes better learning and a higher level of communication between professors and students. Having a small cohort also takes away the competitive nature of academic programs, because we are all collaborating with one another and trying to facilitate the process since we all understand how rigorous the course workload can be.

Diana Arreci
CHESS-Couple and Family Therapy

I picked the CFT Master's Program because I feel cared for—the faculty is very supportive. The environment really feels like a family. The class discussions are very useful for my development as a clinician.

Gardenia Alvarez,
Couple and Family Therapy

LaraHoss

If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D., then Purdue University Northwest's Couple and Family Therapy Program is the place to go. The required thesis and other research opportunities to get involved in will make you stand out to Ph.D. programs.

Lara Hoss,
Couple and Family Therapy

Lauren LaBlance

A major draw to this program for me was the small cohort sizes. I feel as though I am able to receive so much more support and have formed closer bonds with both faculty and students than I would have with a large cohort.

Lauren LaBlance
Couple and Family Therapy

I have all the faith that I was given a superior education at Purdue Northwest’s CFT Program. I didn’t know it at the time, but a small cohort size is a huge asset in a graduate program. I felt challenged and supported by supervisors who knew me well and had the time to mold me into the therapist, researcher and person I am today.

Mary Kate Shannon
Couple and Family Therapy

This program offers more than just a highly sought after, nationally renowned education with top-of-the-line facilities and faculty. This program offers you a family. The small cohort size creates a setting in which you will develop a close bond with your classmates and professors.

Tyler Goldberry,
Couple and Family Therapy

Meet the Faculty

Megan Murphy

Megan J. Murphy, Ph.D., LMFT

Professor and Director, Couple and Family Therapy Program

Megan Murphy is the director of the masters program in Couple and Family Therapy. She teaches graduate-level courses on ethics, diversity and therapy models.

Christopher Belous

Christopher K. Belous, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Center

As an Associate Professor and Clinical Director for the Couple and Family Therapy Program, Christopher directs the Couple and Family Therapy Center, internship placement, teaches classes and conducts research.

Kevin Hynes

Kevin C. Hynes, Ph.D., LMFT

Assistant Professor of Couple and Family Therapy

Kevin C. Hynes is an assistant professor in the Couple and Family Therapy program. His program of research focuses on disparities in mental health outcomes with minority populations and the utilization of technology for therapists.

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