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Couple and Family Therapy, Master of Human Development and Family Science

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Couple and family therapy at Ohio State trains students to become excellent and ethical clinicians who work effectively with diverse individuals, couples and families in community or private mental health settings. The degree leads students to sit for the national marriage and family therapy exam and obtain an Ohio license. 

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Program Features

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Mission: To train excellent clinicians for community mental health and other settings.

Program Goals:

  • CFT Masters Students will develop clinical skills to enable them to work effectively with individuals, couples and families.
  • CFT Masters Students will develop a theory of change that enables them to work with clients from diverse backgrounds.
  • CFT Masters Students will be well versed in the ethical conduct of Couple and Family Therapy.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize conceptual and intervention skills within a developing theory of change, using relational/systemic models.
  • Know the literature available about diverse families and how diverse families access and engage in treatment.
  • Understand methods of diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • Know the ethical standards for the professional practice of CFT.
  • Students will be ready for entry level clinical practice in the field.

The educational objectives of the program emphasize clinical training toward licensure in Ohio. Please see our current student and graduate data here

Client Contact Hours

The program is designed so that students will obtain 500 hours of face to face client contact with part of those hours obtained in our on-campus training clinic and part of those hours obtained at a clinical placement in the surrounding community. The state of Ohio requires this number of client contact hours.

Supervision

The program is also designed to provide students with more than 100 hours of supervision provided by AAMFT-approved supervisors and candidates. This meets the requirements for state licensure.

Clinical Training Facilities

The Ohio State University Couple and Family Therapy Clinic is equipped with state of the art video equipment and one-way mirrors for live observation of student work. Students are expected to obtain at least 200 hours of client contact in the clinic with supervision. Supervision includes group and individual modalities, as well as live observation, video and case report.

 

See The Program’s Policies and Procedures manual here.
 

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Degree Requirements

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Prerequisites

3.0 GPA

Minimum Program hours

54

Deadline to apply

January 1

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Program start

Autumn Semester

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