Doctor of Couple & Family Therapy Graduate Programs Adler University

Doctor of Couple & Family Therapy Graduate Programs Adler University

Chicago, IL
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A DCFT program to meet growing demand

Adler University offers an innovative Doctor of Couple and Family Therapy (DCFT) program to meet the growing demand for advanced therapists in couple, marriage, and family therapy. Job growth rate in this field is expected to reach 40% in the next decade. The DCFT program is clinically oriented so that graduates emerge with the skills they need for the job market.

Adler University is nationally recognized for programs that produce culturally competent counselors dedicated to socially responsible practices. The program is grounded in systems theory that places children, couples, and families within the context of family, relational, and societal dynamics and allows therapists develop treatment plans that promote positive changes in their clients' relationships.

Comprehensive curriculum

DCFT students complete a total of 102 credit hours. They may apply 39 credits from their master's degree programs, which should include a minimum of 15 credits, or five courses, in marriage and family therapy. Students take required courses in couples and family therapy (CFT), trauma and family systems, grief and loss, culture and diversity, and qualitative and quantitative research.

Electives cover divorce mediation and conflict resolution, sex therapy, medical family therapy, LGBTQ competent therapy, integration of spirituality and religion in to couples and family therapy, gerontology, and supervision. Students may take electives that provide the foundation for specialization or certification in areas such as medical family therapy and sex education.

Students also participate in practicums and practicum seminars, professional development, supervision of supervision training, and research.

Foundation for AAMFT designation and LMFT licensure

Interested students may complete coursework and practicums within the DCFT program that provide the foundation for earning the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation. Students who do not have an LMFT licensure may complete the therapy and clinical supervision to obtain licensure.

Dedicated Training Department for practicums and internships

Adler University has dedicated Training Department that partners with hundreds of community organization, hospitals, clinics, medical centers, schools, and government agencies. These partnerships allow students to gain the clinical experience they need to develop the skills they need as couples and family therapists with a range of specialties.

Research and faculty with real-world experience

The faculty at Adler University are experienced real-world practitioners and committed researchers. Dr. Mark Killmer, the department chair, joined Adler University after 30 years of clinical practice as a counselor and supervisor. His research focuses on spirituality and religion in the therapeutic settings and the application of family systems theory to the homeless clinical population.

Dr. Cadmona Hall promotes the self-exploration of the therapist and researches the African American experience in marriage and family therapy and the barriers that must be overcome. She frequently presents on grief counseling at professional conferences and workshops.

National recognition

Adler University is one of only 361 institutions to hold the esteemed Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It has consistently been placed on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

For the second consecutive year, Adler was recognized in 2014 as the nation's only independent graduate school achieving 4.5 stars or higher out of 5 stars on the LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Climate Index.

Adler has been named multiple times to G.I. Jobs' Military Friendly Schools list, honoring colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to accommodate military service members and veterans.

Adler University dedicated to social responsibility

In 1952, Rudolf Dreikurs and his colleagues established the Alfred Adler Institute in Chicago (now Adler University) to train practitioners to apply Adler's idea of social interest or "gemeinschaftsgefühl." Adler advanced the revolutionary idea that responsible practitioners must advocate to change the social conditions that affect community health and well-being.

Adler University, as a higher education institution, continues Adler's work today through the production of three outcomes specified in its mission:

- Socially responsible practitioners: Socially responsible practitioners are educated to be effective personal and social change agents in the pursuit of justice.

- Community engagement: Community engagement is collaborative partnership that strengthens communities, provides service, and prepares students.

- Social justice: Social justice refers to equitable distribution of economic, political, civil, cultural, social, and other resources and opportunities in society in order to promote the optimal development of persons and communities.

Adler University Campuses

Adler University is located in Chicago, Illinois, in the hub of city's thriving business district. Its green campus is equipped with cutting edge technology as well as a wellness studio, a café, a library, and many institutes and centers.

Adler University also has a campus in Vancouver, Canada where it established the country's first scholar-practitioner Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology.

Location & Contact

Programs in Psychology

Adler University

17 North Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60602
United States

Ms. Michelle Brice

Director of Admissions

Phone: 312-662-4113
Fax: 312-662-4199

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Degrees & Awards

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    • Couple & Family Therapy Doctorate
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