When do students apply to the program?
Full-time students apply to the FTCP after one semester in the School. On- and off-campus part-time students who are following the standard program plan submit applications during their second year, but should discuss their interest with the program director during their first year. Off-campus students must be able to enroll in courses and attend colloquia on the Charles River Campus in Boston.
Is there a minimum grade point average needed to be accepted into the program?
The student’s grade point average must be 3.0 or above, with two positive references: one from the first field placement supervisor and one from either an instructor or the faculty advisor.
How is the second-year family placement arranged?
Students work closely with the director of the FTCP and the Field Education Department to find a placement that meets the needs of the student and program. Current and previous placement settings include: inpatient psychiatry for children and adolescents, outpatient family services, intensive home-based treatment programs, and adoption and foster care agencies.
When do meetings and colloquia occur?
FTCP students meet as a group with the director on a monthly basis to discuss the interface between the field and classroom experiences. Once a semester, the FTCP sponsors a colloquium focused on issues relevant to working with families. Examples from the past few years include: geriatric care management, parent-infant treatment, and working with Latino families. In addition, the communitywide Hurwitz Lecture occurs every March with an internationally known family therapy specialist. Students are required to attend this event.