Antioch University–Seattle

Child, Couple, & Family Therapy Program
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The Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program provides comprehensive clinical training for a career as a masters-level couple and family therapist. Emphasis is given to developing students capabilities to work at multiple levels of clinical treatment - ranging from children and adults to couples and families. The CFT curriculum meets Washington State licensing requirements for both mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy. It also is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Education (COAMFTE). Graduates of the CFT Program can expect to have achieved the following: (1) competence in conducting individual and family clinical assessment, (2) knowledge of the foundations and theory of couple and family systems, (3) competence in the theory and methods of therapeutic practice, (4) awareness of and appreciation for the multicultural aspects of human behavior, and (5) knowledge of the standards for the ethical and responsible practice of therapy.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Paul David
Department Emphasis
  • 90% Family Therapy
  • 10% Family Studies
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

2326 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121-1814
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Paul David
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Family of Origin Systems
  • Multicultural Perspectives
  • Communication and Counseling Skills
  • Theories/Practice of Counseling
  • Systems Perspectives in Family Therapy
  • Theories/Practice of Family Therapy I & II
  • Human Sexuality
  • Human Development in the Family Life Cycle
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychodiagnostics and Treatment Planning
  • Ethics and Professional Issues
  • Ethics in Family Practice
  • Research Methods: Introduction or Advanced Research in Family Practice
  • Applied Couple Therapy
  • Abusive Relationships
  • Addictions and Substance Abuse
  • Loss and Grief
  • Clinical Treatment of Children
  • Clinical Treatment of Adolescents
  • Psychopharmacology, Counseling Culturally Specific Populations
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Couple & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program offers the academic foundation as well as the practical training necessary for its graduates to work in varied and diverse clinical settings. The program is professionally relevant and academically rigorous, combining theory and practice through classroom learning and on-site internships. An emphasis on acquiring multicultural competencies is stressed throughout the curriculum.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.