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Couples and Family Therapy

Deanna Linville-Knobelspiesse


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Couples & Family Therapy
5251 University of Oregon

If you are interested in the program’s counseling services and would like to make an appointment with a couples and family therapist, please call 541-346-0923 for the Center for Healthy Relationships.


The Couples and Family Therapy (CFT) master's is a 90-credit, two-year program that prepares students to become professional family therapists in preparation for state licensure. You can learn about the program by exploring our website, and you can watch this video by the CFT class of 2012.

Graduates of the program are equipped to provide leadership in the field of systemic family therapy for students and mental health professionals in other disciplines. Graduates are employed in mental health centers, hospitals, health-maintenance organizations, family-services clinics, churches, and the state department for children and families. Beginning Fall 2016, students in the Couples and Family Therapy program will have the option to complete a research project and submit a thesis as part of their coursework in the program.

Beginning fall 2016, students in the CFT program will have the option to complete a research project and submit a thesis as part of their coursework in the program. This option seeks to connect students seeking meaningful research options in the field of CFT with projects and advisors that align with their future educational and career goals. For more information about the new research option in CFT, please contact

The CFT program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) since 2003, and approved by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT).

Our COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data presents historical information about graduation, job-placement, and national-exam pass rates in accordance with Accreditation Standards Version 12.

Want to learn more about the program? Come to an information session in HEDCO 240. RSVP is not necessary.

Wanting to take a course in Couples and Family Therapy but you're not in the program? See courses offered in the Counseling Psychology and Human Services department.