University of Louisville

Couple & Therapy Program
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The MSSW-MFT Specialization offers the opportunity for those pursuing their Masters Degree in Social Work to specialize in clinical practice with families in the context of their communities. The Specialization fulfills its mission by combining the systemic foundational principles of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) with the goals and values of social work. This Specialization deliberately prepares students to utilize family therapy with those families who are disadvantaged and/or typically underserved. The curriculum meets course requirements for Kentucky licensure in MFT and for Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Coursework focuses on theoretical foundations, practical applications, ethical responsibilities, integration of research, and supervised clinical practice.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Emma Sterrett-Hong
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

Couple and Therapy Program, Burhans Hall 134440 N. Whittington Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40222
United States

Phone Number
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Emma Sterrett
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Foundations of Family Therapy: Theory and Practice
  • Family Therapy Assessment and Treatment with Diverse Populations
  • Human Behavior & the Social Environment I & II
  • Social Justice Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in CFT
  • Research Methodology & Design
  • Couple Therapy
  • Integration of CFT Theories
  • Professional Issues & Ethics in CFT
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

Our MFT Program is nested within a School of Social Work and our students graduate with credentials in both disciplines. We are extremely proud of our program it is the only one of its kind in the nation.

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.