Denver Family Institute

MFT Training Program

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Applications for the Fall 2022 cohort are now open!

The MFT Training Program at DFI offers a two year post-graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy.  DFI is a hands-on, experiential training program where students deepen their ability to work from a strength-based therapeutic model and develop their own theory of change in their work  with couples, families, and individuals. Students conduct psychotherapy under the supervision of a wide range of practicing therapists. DFI is the only Post-Degree Institute (PDI) in the state of Colorado that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), and one of four  accredited PDIs in the entire country.

Application Deadlines:
Jan. 16 (1st round), Mar. 6 (2nd round), May 1 (3rd round)
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis after May 1st until the cohort is full.

Interview Dates:
Jan. 28 (1st round), Mar. 18 (2nd round), May 13 (3rd round)
Interviews are held on a rolling basis after May 13th until the cohort is full.

Hands-on and Experiential Learning Environment

Start Seeing Clients Right Away

(while receiving top notch supervision and training)

Complete Your COAMFTE-Accredited MFT Certificate in Two Years

Program Information

The Denver Family Institute MFT Training Program is a two-year program which consists of 16 total MFT courses. These courses cover a myriad of topics related to conducting the therapy process, and treating clients from a systemic and relational perspective. All courses at DFI are designed to be applicable and highly experiential through which students are continually asked to integrate the knowledge and skills gained in class into their work with clients at DFI’s clinics.

  • All instructors and supervisors at DFI are active in the MFT community and practicing clinicians, which means that 100% of the faculty are actively involved in offering the therapy services that they will be teaching and/or supervising.
  • DFI is an outcome/competency based program. Instructors and supervisors hold the responsibility of guiding students on their journey toward becoming effective and confident therapists.
  • DFI is the only Post-Degree Institute (PDI) accredited by COAMFTE (the accrediting division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapist) in the state of Colorado, and one of four accredited PDIs in the country. Graduates from the program will have many of the academic requirements needed to apply for a License in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) in the state of Colorado*.
  • Additionally, the majority of supervisors at DFI also have an LCSW/LPC+LMFT so that supervision at DFI can count towards a LCSW, a LPC, or a LMFT once the student has earned their masters degree.

*DORA is the licensing and regulatory body in the state of Colorado for mental health licensure and makes the final decisions related to education equivalency and approval for licensure. Therefore, DFI is not able to guarantee that graduates from the DFI program will ultimately be approved for licensure by DORA as the educational backgrounds of students vary, and licensure requirements are subject to change. Although DFI seeks to offer guidance and resources related to licensure, it is ultimately the responsibility of each student to navigate and pursue licensure. Click here to learn more about Certification and Licensure in the state of Colorado.

Who Is a Candidate for DFI's MFT Program?

Students begin the DFI program while in their last year of graduate school or as a post-graduate for students who have already obtained a Master’s degree in counseling or a related field. The program is a two year commitment for all students. All students attend weekly evening classes and set their own schedules for seeing DFI clients. All first year students at DFI receive weekly individual supervision and five group supervisions per quarter. In their second year, all students receive bi-weekly individual supervision and five group supervisions per quarter. There are currently 3 classifications of students:

Interns (Grad Students)

In addition to the DFI requirements cited above, Interns at DFI commit 10 hours per week to administrative and intake tasks at DFI’s clinic. Interns receive an Intern scholarship that is applied to their tuition in their first year at DFI.

Pre-Graduate Student

Individuals who are still in their Master’s program and looking for internship hours but are seeking more flexibility than is offered by the DFI Internship (described above) can apply as a Pre-Graduate. Pre-Grads and Post-Grads are not eligible for the Intern scholarship.

Post-Graduate (Already hold a Master's degree)

Post-Graduate students already hold a Master’s degree before starting at DFI. Every 2nd year student at DFI is considered a Post-Graduate student. The Internship placement and Intern scholarship is not available to Post-Graduate students.

To complete the program at DFI the students must:

  • Complete and pass all 16 courses 
  • Average a 4 on their final DFI competency evaluations (which are a self-evaluations that are confirmed by the individual supervisor and complete all relevant evaluations throughout the program) 
  • Maintain orderly client files 
  • Pay tuition in full 
  • Complete 7 quarters of group and individual supervision 
  • Complete 500 hours of clinical work (400 or more direct contact hours and up to 100 professional hours). DFI graduates are required to have conducted 250 psychotherapy sessions at the DFI clinic.
  • Pass the final capstone project

FAQs in light of COVID-19:

Are you still accepting applications for the Fall 2022 cohort for DFI’s Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Certificate Program?

Yes, we are!  We are planning to launch the Fall 2022 cohort according to plan, with New Student Orientation scheduled for July  29, 2022. We are deeply committed to continuing to offer excellent MFT training and services to our community despite the obstacles and challenges. We are also committed to offering the community affordable and much needed mental health services during these difficult times. DFI’s student therapists are an essential part of being able to continue to provide high quality and affordable services, and as such, we are actively looking for our next cohort of student therapists to start in Fall 2022.

What if we are not able to meet in-person for classes, supervision, and New Student Orientation in July?

DFI is currently set up in a hybrid format which means the class is held at DFI in person, with the option of joining via zoom. DFI teachers will be physically present in the DFI classroom and students are encouraged to attend class in person, but currently have the option of joining virtually over zoom. DFI faculty, students and staff are required to be fully vaccinated and are also required to wear masks at all times in all shared spaces (including therapy rooms and DFI’s classroom). Students currently have the option of seeing clients in-person or remote, and will work with their supervisors to decide the comfort level of meeting in person or over Zoom. Now that we have been navigating the pandemic for an extended period of time, DFI is equipped to effectively facilitate class, supervision and client sessions in a variety of formats: in-person, remote, and hybrid.

What is the internship experience like in light of COVID-19?

Most of the intern activities such as intake shifts are still occurring virtually and not on-site at DFI. Weekly intern meetings have been held in a hybrid format through which interns have the option of participating in-person or virtually. Remote hours completed at DFI will continue to count toward required internship hours.

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