The CFT PhD program at Drexel University uses the research/practitioner model. Our primary mission is to train family therapy researchers who will be ready to serve as the next generation of research, policy and clinical leaders. In addition, we offer excellent clinical training in two empirically supported treatment models. Students are expected to reach proficiency in one of these treatments. In order to evaluate your readiness for our program, please respond to the following questions.
Research Goals (limit to one and a half pages)
The program is mentorship based. Students should apply with the intent of working in a research lab with a particular faculty member. Please identify the mentor with whom you would like to work and what about their research interests you. We recommend that you look closely at the work of each faculty member before applying. Include a brief but specific description of your own related research questions and ideas, and how you think they would fit with the global research agenda of the target faculty member.
Clinical Goals (limit to one page per question)
- All CFT PhD students will become proficient in one empirically supported treatment model: Attachment-based Family Therapy or Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Please identify the model in which you are most interested, any experience you have using it, and how it fits into your larger career goals.
- Please describe a family or couple therapy case that you treated that did not go well. After a brief presentation of the case, discuss what challenges or factors you think led to this poor outcome. Include an exploration of how your own personal and professional strengths and weaknesses may have contributed to the outcome of this case.
Working with Underserved Populations (limit to one page)
The Couple and Family Therapy Department is committed to working with underserved populations with the intent of increasing our understanding of the social and systemic variables that impact health outcomes, mental health service access, and treatment delivery. Please describe how you believe your research interests will incorporate these factors and help promote social justice in the healthcare field.