The Post-Master's Certificate Program in Couple and Family Therapy assists students in integrating theory and practice. Issues of race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, religion, age, ability, power, and privilege are addressed. Students are fully trained to assume clinical practice in couple and family therapy and are prepared for associate membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. In addition, the program provides graduates the educational requirements needed for eligibility for Pennsylvania licensure as a marriage and family therapist.
Educational and training experience has six major components:
- Historical development of systems theory and cybernetics and the use of the systems paradigm in treatment.
- Comprehensive survey of major models of change in couple and family therapy, with emphasis on assessment and treatment.
- Conceptual understanding of complex relational dynamics across the family lifecycle, with focus on contextual issues of race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, religion, age, ability, and power and privilege.
- Ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities of couple and family therapists.
- Research in couple and family therapy.
- Supervised clinical practica in which students receive a minimum of 100 hours of supervision and 350 hours of face-to-face client contact.