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.

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.

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.

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.