Drexel University

Department of Couple & Family Therapy
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The emphasis of the graduate programs in couple and family therapy is on training therapists to be both culturally aware and culturally competent. This program is an excellent foundation upon which to build your future career in couple and family therapy within the context of a highly culturally diverse marketplace.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Marlene F. Watson (director)
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
20,000
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

1601 Cherry Street, MS 71042
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192
United States

Phone Number
215-762-6931
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Marlene F. Watson
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Postmodern Theory
  • Advanced Theory and Comparative Analysis
  • Couples Therapy
  • CFT: A Multicultural Perspective
  • Diverse Family Structures
  • Supervision in Couple and Family Therapy
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Sex Therapy
  • Violence and the Family
  • Gender and Power
  • Spirituality and Family Therapy
  • Research Methods I & II
  • Inferential Statistics
  • Advanced Qualitative Research
  • Advanced Quantitative Research
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family Therapy
Masters Comments

Director: Dr. Christian Jordal

The purpose of the Master's program in Family Therapy is to train students to become highly skilled, systemic thinking, culturally-competent clinicians that are desirable in today's diversified healthcare marketplace. Students are exposed to an array of classical, postmodern, and evidence-based approaches in the discipline, and encouraged to use theory and clinical philosophy to developed their own personalized therapeutic approach. The program is committed to training therapists attentive to issues of diversity, power, and privilege, and Person of the Therapist issues, as they inform the therapeutic relationship and client lived-experience. Supervised clinical practica are completed at community practicum sites and at the Drexel University Individual Couple and Family Therapy Clinical Practices. Students who successfully complete the program meet the minimum academic and clinical requirements for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania. Graduates are employed at behavioral health and healthcare institutions, addiction facilities, schools, hospitals, law practices, religious institutions, and in private practices.

Post- Master's Level

Director: Dr. Christian Jordal

The purpose of the Post Master's Certificate Program in Couple and Family Therapy is to offer specialized, advanced training, in the discipline, for mental health practitioners already possessing at least a master's degree and who are seeking comprehensive specialized training in couple and family therapy. Students who successfully complete the program meet the minimum academic and clinical requirements for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania. The program values cultural diversity and social justice advocacy, and the faculty and staff strongly believe that contextual issues such as race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, religion, age, ability, power, and privilege, are fundamental to the education, training, and practice of couple and family therapy. Supervised clinical practica are completed at community practicum sites and at the Drexel University Individual Couple and Family Therapy Clinical Practices. Graduates are employed at behavioral health and healthcare institutions, addiction facilities, schools, hospitals, law practices, religious institutions, and in private practices.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Couple & Family Therapy
Doctoral Comments

Director: Dr. Guy Diamond

The Ph.D. Program in Couple and Family Therapy is rooted in systems theory and therapy. Emphasis is on specialized training in couple and family therapy theory and technique. Students are expected to demonstrate critical and analytical thinking with respect to the broad areas of systems theory and therapy and to articulate their own theoretical approach to couple and family therapy. The program is committed to training students to be aware of and sensitive to such contextual issues as race class gender spiritual and sexual orientation as well as person of the therapist.

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.