The Graduate Program in Human Development and Family Science offers an area of study in Couple and Family Therapy. The area of study offers a doctoral curriculum that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). It meets the standards for AAMFT clinical membership, and is designed to prepare clinical scholars and researchers.
The HDFS Ph.D. CFT area of study is a researcher/scholar oriented degree. We use a scholar/clinician model with a heavier emphasis on research and scholarship than on clinical work. Students admitted into the program are expected to pursue careers in academia or research related areas. We train students to train other clinicians, do research in clinically related areas, and do clinical work.
To clarify, a Ph.D. in CFT is not the same as a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. To be a licensed psychologist you need to have a Ph.D. in Cinical Psychology. To be a licensed couple and family therapist (or marriage and family therapist) you need a masters degree. There are many masters degree programs accredited by the COAMFTE. We recommend that if you do not have a masters in CFT, and want to become a couple and family therapist that you pursue a degree in one of those programs. If you are interested in pursuing a masters degree in CFT to become a therapist please see the following list of accredited masters programs: COAMFTE Masters Programs
To be admitted into the Ph.D. in CFT, you must have a masters degree in a clinically related field. We rarely accept students into the straight through program.
To train excellent research clinicians for academic and research settings, who have sustainable programs of research in areas that move the CFT and Family Science fields forward.
As part of our accreditation process the area study has created educational objectives which consist of program outcomes, student learning outcomes and faculty outcomes.
Student Learning Outcomes:
The educational objectives of the area of study emphasize research training and productivity for students and faculty. It is hoped that by the end of the area of study the student will have a sustainable program of research. Interspersed with this major emphasis are outcomes focused on clinical training as well. Our goal in this area of study is to train excellent researchers and excellent beginning supervisors. Thus we are training those who will be training the next generation of family therapy researchers and clinicians.
In accordance with the Council of Higher Education Accreditation Recognition Standard 12B and COAMFTE Accreditation Standards, we provide interested students with Student Achievement statistics in terms of number of students graduating within 4 years and the number of students who pass the national exam for Licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy.
|Year Entered Program||Graduation within 4 years||National Exam Pass Rate||Licensure Rate|
|2005 - 2006||100.00%||100.00%||100.00%|
|2006 - 2007||100.00%||100.00%||100.00%|
|2007 - 2008||100.00%||100.00%||100.00%|
|2008 - 2009||33.33%||100.00%||100.00%|
|2009 - 2010||50.00%||100.00%||100.00%|
Students are involved in clinical work from the beginning of their program. Initial client contact hours will vary depending on experience. The program operates The OSU Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic which is equipped with state of the art video equipment and one-way mirrors for live observation of student work. During this initial experience, students are supervised by the MFT faculty. Supervision includes group and individual modalities, as well as live observation, videotape and case report. Later in the program students obtain a 9 -12 month internship (500 client contact hours required) in a community mental health clinic setting, with similar supervision opportunities. Several of these have been identified in the Columbus, OH area.
At the completion of thearea of study students must have 1000 hours of face to face client contact. For those students with an MFT masters degree, the 500 hours from the master degree is included in the total requirement. Students without an MFT masters degree, must obtain a minimum of 500 hours of client contact at the OSU Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic and the remainder of their hours must be obtained at their internship site.
The University and the Department offers a wide variety of financial aid options. There are a limited number of graduate associateships available for top candidates.
The program admits 3 to 4 students per year. Maximum faculty to student ratio is 4 to 1. The program is kept small in order to provide the highest quality education and training.
Clickhere for curriculum requirements.