Couple and Family Therapy (MSc)
Welcome to the Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition’s MSc program in Couple and Family Therapy (MSc.CFT) at the University of Guelph.
As a student in MSc.CFT you will earn a Master’s of Science degree in Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy. You will participate in an intensive professional training program that combines academic course work and research with clinical training and supervision.
As a graduate of the MSc.CFT you will be a highly skilled mental health professional with recognized clinical training in couple and family therapy. Your training for the practice of relational and systemic psychotherapy will prepare you to become a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
The Profession of Couple & Family Therapy – The Practice of Relational and Systemic Psychotherapy
This intensive two year program in theory, research, and practice is a recognized Education and Training Program with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and is the only Master’s program in Canada that is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). This training prepares students to be Registered Psychotherapists with the entry-to-practice competencies specified by the CRPO. It is also designed to meet the training requirements for membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Canadian Division of AAMFT, including the various regional branches of that division, such as the Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (OAMFT). The MSc.CFT program was established in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Guelph in 1979, and was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) in 1989, and has maintained its accreditation since that time. FRAN’s MSc.CFT program at University of Guelph was the first to receive such recognition in Canada. The CRPO and AAMFT competencies for practice and codes of ethics are incorporated in course design and delivery, and demonstration of these competencies is the primary focus of student evaluation throughout the curriculum
Master's students in the Couple & Family Therapy Program are required to maintain registration as student members of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) throughout their graduate studies.
The practice of psychotherapy is regulated in Ontario by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Two other provinces (Quebec and Nova Scotia) also regulate the practice of psychotherapy and three more (BC, New Brunswick, and PEI) are in the process of developing regulations (see https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/profession/regulation-across-canada/). The Federal Governments Agreement on Internal Trade (1994) and Ontario’s Labour Mobility Act (2009) allow those regulated as psychotherapists in one province to transfer their certificate of registration to another equally regulated province (see https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/09o24). The CRPO does not have a residence requirement to become a member, meaning anyone in the world who meets the registration requirements for the College may make application to become a member.
Student Recruitment and Retention
In accord with University policies on Human Rights and Diversity, the Couple & Family Therapy program is committed to non-discrimination in recruiting prospective graduate students. As part of the vibrant, inclusive University of Guelph community, the Couple & Family Therapy program welcomes applications from all interested, qualified persons. See the link below to determine if you meet the minimum admissions requirements.
Finding Information About Our Program: This web-site serves as a primary source of information about the CFT program. Other ways prospective applicants can explore whether the CFT program is a good fit, is to attend a University Fair (recruitment events) and stop by the Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition booth, or attend an Information Session at the CFT Centre on campus (see this web-site for dates and details).
Funding Graduate Studies: The Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition offers financial support to qualified graduate students through a combination of financial planning support, scholarships ( see https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/graduate/current/gradawards/... ), Graduate Teaching Assistantships (governed by CUPE 3913 – Unit #1, see http://cupe3913.on.ca ), Graduate Research Assistantships, and other employment. See https://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/current/funding for helpful links to various information on financing your graduate education.
The CFT Student Experience: You can also review the Student Handbook (see pdf link below) to learn more about how the program engages students in academic courses and the clinical training. The University web-pages for Graduate Students https://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/
and the CFT Student Handbook (see Section II) both contain information on various resources available to students to support them in navigating graduate school and, especially, managing the unique dimensions of training to have a career in couple and family therapy.
The student handbook is a valuable resource and is designed to provide current and prosepctive students more details of what to expect during the graduate education and professional training program, including details on the Program's Mission, Goals, Educational Goals, and Expected Student Learning Outcomes Download to review the handbook here:Student Handbook 2016