Ph.D in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT)
College of Human Development and Education ⋅ Department of Human Development and Family Science
Program Mission and Overview
Our faculty is committed to developing the next generation of scholars in the field of CFT through a dedicated mentoring process that prepares students for future leadership roles in academic and research settings as well as clinical administration and supervision. The program is particularly committed to training scholars who have the potential to lead the field of CFT to be more inclusive of marginalized communities and embrace the values and ethics associated with social justice.
“The CFT program at NDSU has clearly made a significant and lasting impact on the field of family therapy … Their efforts to raise the visibility of the need for training programs to make the issues of diversity and social justice central to training of all CFTs are deserving of recognition and is a model for the entire field of couple and family therapy.” Doug Sprenkle, Ph.D.
LGBT Affirmative Training
We are committed to providing an LGBT affirmative environment for all students, faculty, staff, and clients who use our on-campus therapy center. The program is recognized as the leading program in field in teaching students the knowledge and skills associated with becoming an LGBT affirmative researcher, supervisor, and therapist.
“The (NDSU CFT) program is the pre-eminent couple and family therapy program in the country in training culturally competent therapists to work with LGBT clients and families” Leigh Leslie, Ph.D.
In addition to completing doctoral coursework, students also complete the following program requirements:
- Clinical contact in the on-campus therapy center
- 180 hours of supervisory experience
- One-year research, teaching, or clinical internship experience
- A scholarly portfolio that includes (a) at least two proposals/abstracts for presentations at national conferences and (b) submission of at least two manuscripts for publication at peer-reviewed journals
- A comprehensive/preliminary examination
- Produce and defend a dissertation
For More Information
Tom Stone Carlson, Ph.D., Professor and Program Coordinator
COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data Disclosure.
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