Couple and Family Therapy

Welcome

Welcome to the Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) website,

The University of Iowa doctoral CFT program is based in the traditional Marriage and Family Therapy education that is associated with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Our goal is to train future scholars who will make significant research contributions to the field of CFT. We believe that the field will flourish as a result of the synergism between research, theory, and practice. We are looking for students who want to move the field forward by conducting research that evaluates theory based interventions, and whose own clinical work will be guided by scientific knowledge.

Additionally, the CFT program and faculty are strongly committed to diversity and social justice. We actively recruit a diverse student body and strive to promote a climate of respect and inclusiveness

Although we are just beginning our third year, we are excited about developing a program that strives to become a national and international leader in doctoral CFT education. We encourage you to explore our website and contact us with questions you may have.

Volker Thomas, Ph.D., LMFT
Associate Professor and Coordinator
Couple and Family Therapy Program
Editor, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy


Mission Statement

The Doctor of Philosophy in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) prepares professionals for CFT leadership roles in academic and research settings, administration and supervision, and clinical delivery systems. It provides CFTs the opportunity to master cutting edge theoretical knowledge; research competencies at the most innovative levels, advanced clinical, teaching, and supervisory skills.

Purpose

This Doctoral Program is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). It aims to develop researcher-clinicians who are excited about the possibility of making significant research contributions to the field of Couple/Marriage and Family Therapy (CFT/MFT). Students admitted to this program will have completed a Master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy or Marriage and Family Therapy from a COAMFTE accredited program or equivalent at another accredited institution.  Major courses are conducted on-site in the College of Education and advanced practica and internship placements are available within the community.

Expectations of Students

  • Applicants should have a strong commitment to learning to do quality research and to building the science of marriage and family therapy. We believe that the field will flourish as a result of the synergism among research, theory, and practice. We are looking for students who want to move the field forward through doing research that evaluates intervention strategies and tests theories, and whose own clinical work will be guided by scientific knowledge.
  • All doctoral students in the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education receive a comprehensive education in statistics and research methodology. In addition, in the CFT program, students will have the opportunity to participate in faculty research, to teach at the college level, and to hone their clinical and supervisory skills. Our goal is to prepare doctoral students for university faculty positions or other research oriented careers. If your goal is to become part of the next generation of researchers for the CFT/MFT field, fully-trained clinicians who are prepared to conduct research on the vexing clinical problems facing individuals, couples, and families today; then we encourage you to apply to our program.

Expectations of Faculty

  • The CFT faculty is strongly committed to diversity and social justice. We are currently comprised of one core faculty member who coordinates the program and two adjunct faculty (see faculty pages). We are committed to hiring 1-2 more core faculty in the near future. We actively recruit a diverse student body. 

Faculty and students are committed toward fostering an environment of integrity and mutual respect for the diversity we all bring to the program. In accordance with The University of Iowa, the College of Education, and the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, the Couple and Family Therapy Program adheres to policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, race, religion, and sexual orientation.